Thursday, November 20, 2008

An arsenal of toys

I am going to be in the schools for at least two years after I graduate, and after that, who knows? But if I am working with children, I am going to need toys and books (and markers and posterboard and Play-Doh and 2 sets of extra hands!). I have already started building my collection, but so far it is rather small. I have a few cars, some blocks, and some rubber animals. I do not have any books other than the children's books I have from when I was small. So, dear readers, I put the question to you: what toys and books would you recommend I have on hand to delight my future clients, and possibly teach them speech? ;) I love toys and books, and whatever is mine personally I can take with me everywhere instead of having to check in and out of the university clinic and leave behind when I graduate. Toys and books that appeal to a variety of ages would be ideal, and they should be able to handle some jostling and curious hands. Paper books are fine, because I will eventually have elementary school-aged children who know how to handle books. (Right now I have toddlers, who are not so gentle with books!) Leave any and all ideas, please! My clients will thank you. :)

9 comments:

Marla said...

Very good question. I bet it is fun to collect all of the toys. A good place to look would be here...
http://www.southpawenterprises.com/Manipulatives-C33.aspx

FXSmom said...

I went to a conference many moons ago that was geared towards the special needs population in Head Start. This one group I was in was to help SLP's create tools to help their kids.

What we did was take a binder, a paper childrens book, those plastic sleeves and make a book for the kids. It involved cutting the book which a lot of us cringed at...lol. Then we slipped the cover in the front pocket and each page there on. We used the itsy bitsy spider book but I also used that one book about the bear by eric carle.

A large # of kids with speech issues have fine motor issues too I guess. This gives the book a bigger thicker page to turn for their little hands. If they have drooly issues or whatever the sheet protectors protect the book page. It can be easily washed with a baby wipe.

If you need more clarification on what I'm talking about just email me. It is 8am on Sunday and I don't even make sense to myself...lmao

little.birdy said...

Marla: Thank you for the link! I really like that alphabet puzzle; I could use it for many different things, like matching and sorting and making stories with the animals.

FSXmom: I get what you're saying! I, too, cringe at the idea of book destruction, but it could make books more accessible for some and certainly more sanitary if many germy hands on them. Thanks for the tip!

jen said...

hm... where to start?
how about ... i'll think about it and let you know more when my brain is in the right area. right now it is on bedtime!
i promise ... i have loads of info to share.

CC said...

just read through my blog and you'll know what I like :)

little.birdy said...

CC: I am totally passing out your blog address to my classmates. I mentioned it in the workroom the other day and everyone looked/sounded really interested.

jen: Don't worry, I'll pick your brain soon enough when I am stymied by children. ;)

jen said...

are you in charlottesville??
i just was on my statcounter thingy and that was what came up ...
i lived in charlottesville for a few years with my husband's airline.
crazy-small-world huh??

jen said...

ooo...
i just used something (that i use EVERYDAY) and realized i needed to tell you about it.
thinking publications ... word joggers.
it's a box of words and pictures and what not.
i use it ALL THE TIME.
find it. seriously.

little.birdy said...

Jen- I am not in C-ville, but my fiancee is near there so I visit it often. :) Is this the same Word Joggers that you use? http://www.superduperinc.com/products/view.aspx?pid=TPX21401