Favorite Speech Toys for Toddlers
One of the most common questions I get from parents is "What can I do at home?" or "What are the best toys to work on these things at home?"
My biggest rule of thumb is to choose open-ended toys where you can do many different things with the toy, and where that one toy can prompt a lot of different language. Another good rule of thumb is to choose toys that do NOT talk for you. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I search the internet for "speech toys" and everything that comes up is toys that talk for you (like click on something and it says the word for you). Not that these toys are BAD for speech development (we definitely have a handful of these for my toddler at home) but they're not the best options, and there's a chance that they might discourage your toddler from talking and saying the words, because something is already doing it for them. And my last rule of thumb is to use cause and effect toys!
I've compiled a list of my favorite, tried and true toys and materials to use to work on speech and language skills. These are things that myself and my clinicians at my practice use every day with our clients! This is only a simple list, but don't hesitate to reach out if you want some help with HOW to best use these toys for your child's specific needs.
There are so many things you can do with all these different toys. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you need help or with further suggestions!