Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Toys for Language Stimulation in Infants

No doubt you have started planning the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones.  Don't forget that toys can help children in their development as well.  Here are some toy recommendations that can help language stimulation in infants from our pediatric speech/language pathologists at Dayton Children's:

1. LeapFrog Learn & Groove™ Musical Table $34.97
  • Helps teach cause-effect relationship (push=music), word-symbol associations
  • Auditory/language stimulation (music, single words)
  • Introduces shapes, numbers and counting 1-10 in English and Spanish
2. Lamaze Garden Bug Wrist Rattle/Foot Finder Set $12.99

  • Helps teach cause-effect relationship (shake=rattle noise)
  • Auditory stimulation
3. Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes $9.99

  • Helps teach cause-effect relationship (push=music)
  • Auditory stimulation
4. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Sing-with-Me CD Player $17.99

  • Four buttons to activate lights, phrases and songs; six songs to help teach abc's, numbers, shapes, colors, and classic nursery rhymes; helps teach cause-effect relationship (push=music); auditory stimulation
5. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Learning Piggy Bank $18.92

  • Good for language/auditory stimulation (single words, e.g. “open, close”)
6. Stack Up Cups $5.97

  • Could help teach “putting in” and “taking out;” good for teaching verbal imitation (if cups are used as amplifier)
7. The First Years Massaging Action Teether $9.97

  • Helps teach cause-effect relationship (bite=vibration); mouth-alerting for those with low facial tone, those who enjoy vibration
8. Little Super Star Classical Stacker $13.87

  • Could help teach “on” and “1, 2, 3, 4”
Note: All toys were available at amazon.com as of November 2009. Please note that not all toys will be appropriate for your child and are dependent upon his/her developmental level.

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