Cut the Carrot I often use play during my speech-language sessions—it’s not only fun, it’s really the basis of the learning process, and one of the easiest (and sometimes only!) ways to get my 3- and 4-year-old students motivated. Pretend food is one of my go-to toys. We work on following directions ... Glimpses
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Cut the Carrot
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Glimpses   |   April 01, 2018
Cut the Carrot
The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.23042018.10
The ASHA Leader, April 2018, Vol. 23, 10. doi:10.1044/leader.GL.23042018.10
I often use play during my speech-language sessions—it’s not only fun, it’s really the basis of the learning process, and one of the easiest (and sometimes only!) ways to get my 3- and 4-year-old students motivated. Pretend food is one of my go-to toys. We work on following directions (“cut the tomato”), spatial concepts (“put the pepper on the cutting board”), vocabulary, categorization and much more. With pretend food—or any toy, for that matter—sessions can easily turn into child-directed therapy. If a student spontaneously labels the colors of the food, for example, I can use an established skill and build even more language from it: “Red. Yes, that’s a red apple. An apple is a fruit.” I love taking one simple word and turning it into so much more.
About me:
I am a preschool speech-language pathologist in a public elementary school in Mercer County, New Jersey, and the author of the Live Love Speech blog. I received my bachelor’s degree from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and my master’s from Nova Southeastern University. I love working with the preschool population during the day and coming home to my own amazing 4-year-old son each night!
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