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The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children With Special Needs, a Guide for

Sue Schwartz

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ISBN 10: 1890627488 / ISBN 13: 9781890627485
Published by Woodbine House, 2004
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Title: The New Language of Toys: Teaching ...

Publisher: Woodbine House

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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(2004 iParenting Media Award Winner) Many young children with special needs experience language delays and need additional help to build language skills. What better way to encourage communication development than through play? The completely updated third edition of THE NEW LANGUAGE OF TOYS, a perennial favorite of parents, speech-language pathologists, and early interventionists, offers a plan for doing just that.

The new edition presents sixty-five new toys and accompanying toy dialogs to use with children with a wide range of special needs from birth through age six. These sample toy dialogs show parents how to play purposefully with their child--using store-bought and homemade toys--to provide language learning opportunities and stimulate language development. The exercises are fun and educational, too, as parents help their child build receptive language skills (understanding), expressive language skills (communicating), and speech.

THE NEW LANGUAGE OF TOYS is organized by language developmental ages and each section includes:
toy dialogs; numerous photographs; a toy list; a list of suggested vocabulary and communication concepts; children's book bibliography; a checklist to track progress.

In addition, this book provides important background information about language, its sequential development, the causes of language delays, and how play can enhance language development. It also explains the use of videos, DVDs, television, and the computer as language enhancers. The resource lists are extensive, offering toy manufacturers and catalogs, support organizations, children's book information, and suggested materials for homemade toys.

With THE NEW LANGUAGE OF TOYS, parents can help their children make gains in their language development and have an enjoyable and rewarding experience while doing it. It's also a great tool for collaboration between parents and professionals.

Also by Sue Schwartz:
Choices in Deafness A Parents' Guide to Communication Options

About the Author:

Sue Schwartz has a Master's degree in Speech and Hearing and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Family Counseling. As the developer of the Parent Infant Program in the Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools and as a presenter in workshops across the country, Dr. Schwartz has taught hundreds of parents and professionals how to help develop language skills in children with special needs. She is the editor of CHOICES IN DEAFNESS: A PARENTS’ GUIDE (Woodbine House, 1997) and a contributor to other publications. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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