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5 Minutes for Special Needs Books

by Jennifer


Enter your name in the comments to win a free copy of this book!

Today we’re taking a look at The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs, A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Sue Schwartz. It’s a book that was recommended to me by my son Avery’s speech therapist, and was the 2004 iParenting Media Award Winner too.

Using 65 store-bought and homemade toys as examples, Schwartz creates “toy dialogs” that show parents/teachers how to play with children (birth-age 6) in ways that help encourage receptive language skills (understanding), expressive language skills (communicating), and speech.

The book is organized by language development stages, and each section includes toy dialogs, photographs, a toy list, a list of suggested vocabulary, a children’s book bibliography and a checklist. The book also discusses the use of videos, DVDs, television, and the computer as language enhancers.

Better yet, it’s fun!

Especially in the beginning, when I was a new mom to Avery and it seemed as if there were so many things we needed to be doing for him, so many ways in which it was all up to us to make sure he got every chance to reach his potential, therapy sessions could sometimes become overwhelming. This book helped me remember that the first job of childhood is play, and that my responsibilities to my son also included making sure our days were filled with laughter, and love.

If you’d like to have a copy for yourself, leave your name in the comments and I’ll choose a winner at random.

Jennifer Graf Groneberg is the author of Road Map to Holland, a memoir about learning to mother her son Avery, who has Down syndrome. She also writes at her personal blog Pinwheels.

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1 Tamie November 3, 2008 at 12:37 pm

We’d love it!! Thanks!

2 Katie November 3, 2008 at 12:44 pm

This book looks like so much fun! Thanks for the great give-away!

3 Victoria November 3, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Sounds like a great book!

4 TheAngelForever November 3, 2008 at 1:26 pm

This looks like a wonderful book and will be very helpful with my little guy. Thanks for the opportunity.

5 Alicia November 3, 2008 at 1:55 pm


6 Katie November 3, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Ooo, what a great practical resource! I’m not a momma but I’m an SLP-in-training and I need all the help I can get! 😉

7 Missy November 3, 2008 at 10:55 pm

Our ST recommeded this book! I’d love it!

8 Tammy and Parker November 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

I’m soo gonna add this title to my Christmas wish list!

9 Crystal November 4, 2008 at 2:27 am

I would love to win this book! It is on my wish list on Amazon.com!

10 Amber Pollard December 18, 2008 at 7:21 am

Love to have it

11 lisa perrin May 30, 2009 at 10:00 pm

like the site, would like the book

12 Lori Watkins June 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

This book looks very helpful. My son has autism and I am always looking for books that will help me help him. If anyone knows of any other good books let me know! 🙂

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