10 Best Books

We LOVE books. They can be used to target and develop any and all skills.

These books are great for...

  1. Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day (wordless): using imagination and building narrative skills
  2. Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? By Eric Carle: filling-in cloze sentences with animal names and colors
  3. Simple First Words: Let’s Talk by Walter Priddy (sound book): learning/labeling/pointing to familiar items (shoes, boat, flower, etc.)
  4. Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz (lift-the-flap): identifying body parts and learning basic prepositions
  5. A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer: sequencing events and discussing emotions
  6. The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen: looking at rhymes and learning new vocabulary
  7. The Red Book by Barbara Lehman (wordless): making inferences and understanding perspectives
  8. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle: following directions and identifying body parts
  9. Llama Llama Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney: familiarizing one with (nighttime) routines and self-care skills
  10. I Am Love by Susan Verde: understanding compassion and self-regulation

10 Best Games

I play games…a lot! Often, I will target speech sounds before each turn but have also used them for a variety of language skills, including targeting figurative language, vocabulary (synonyms/antonyms), and grammar (formulate or correct a sentence).  

  1. Connect 4: a favorite for speech sounds and targeting core words with AAC
  2. Candyland: fun for mixed goal groups
  3. Cards: no lugging around a lot of materials…go-to for middle schoolers
  4. Dominoes: so many ways to use these!
  5. Guess Who?: great for asking and answering questions and describing
  6. Hedbanz & Hedbanz Jr.: another fun game for asking/answering questions and describing
  7. Pop the Pig: brings so much excitement to sessions!
  8. Indoor mini basketball hoop: can use this for following directions (and so much more)
  9. Fishing game: play by completing a task and then catching a fish
  10. Puzzles: these are versatile and engaging for many

Read more about these games (and others!) in our post!

10 Best Toys

Toys are great ways to work with clients in a naturalistic environment. They provide many opportunities to model new concepts and vocabulary.

  1. Wooden blocks: love the versatility of these
  2. Play dough: great for targeting verbs and adjectives
  3. Treehouse toy: kids of all ages can have fun with this
  4. Kitchen set: can be used for many communication functions: requesting, commenting, and more
  5. Magna-tiles: I have yet to see someone NOT like these
  6. Workbench: target 1-2 word phrases with this fun toy
  7. Wooden race track: another great toy for communication functions and short phrases and sentences
  8. Doll set: love for early language and symbolic play
  9. Doodle board: can make writing and drawing a little more fun
  10. Sensory bin: versatile and fun and easy to change up

10 Best Office Items

Whether your office is at home or in a building, you want to be comfortable and create a space where you can be at peace but focus well.

  1. Laptop stand: this can be great for your neck/shoulders!
  2. Wireless keyboard and mouse (combo): a more ergonomic (and comfortable) setup
  3. Blue light glasses: can help prevent headaches when you're spending hours looking at a screen
  4. 18-month planner: keep all of your appointments and meetings organized
  5. Studio recording microphone: for recording videos, podcasts, and attending meetings
  6. Under desk foot rest: great, especially if you're more vertically-challenged
  7. Small space heater: why must some offices be SO cold?!
  8. Desk pad protector: prevents scratches, scuffs, and more
  9. Sleek file cabinet: store all your paperwork and paper materials efficiently
  10. Simple daily planner sheets: love this for helping me organize my day

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