Glimpses: Building on Boo-Boos One day I happened to have a Band-Aid in my pocket, so I decided to put a spin on one of my classic bean bag toys. Children immediately related to Mr. Turtle and his “boo-boo.” Some of them said, “Awww!” Some gave him a kiss or held and rocked ... Glimpses
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Glimpses  |   April 01, 2014
Glimpses: Building on Boo-Boos
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Glimpses   |   April 01, 2014
Glimpses: Building on Boo-Boos
The ASHA Leader, April 2014, Vol. 19, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.19042014.10
The ASHA Leader, April 2014, Vol. 19, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.19042014.10
One day I happened to have a Band-Aid in my pocket, so I decided to put a spin on one of my classic bean bag toys. Children immediately related to Mr. Turtle and his “boo-boo.” Some of them said, “Awww!” Some gave him a kiss or held and rocked him. From here, the opportunities for speech and language seemed endless. We worked on storytelling, pragmatic skills, asking questions, body parts, etc. For phonology, we fed the turtle consonant-vowel combinations (pie, tea, pea) and changed the Band-Aid for vowel-consonant (on, off, ouch). Band-Aids are now a staple in my bag of speech tricks—especially ones with fun colors and patterns! They’re quick, easy and a great way to inspire speech through play.
About me: I am a speech-language pathologist based in Columbia, S.C. I work mostly with children because I love to play! About 14 years ago, I started to find my niche in oral motor therapy, but the tools that I needed didn’t exist yet. I asked my husband, John (an engineer), to make them for me, and we later invented the Z-Vibe, Grabber, Lip Blok and many other tools for speech, feeding, oral motor, sensory and fine motor. John has since become an “honorary SLP” over the years, and my therapy kids continue to inspire both me and new product ideas.
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