I love this graphic from 16x16👍🏼Did you know that by 16 months your child should be using 16 gestures? The use of gestures from 9 months-16 months is indicative of language ability at 2 years old! ✨While the exact age and gesture on this graphic may vary, the general idea is to make note of and encourage your child’s gesture use 👏🏼Gestures are early symbols, proof your baby understands that an action represents an idea ☝🏼 The lack of gestures such as pointing and reachin
What’s in my therapy bag?
Well I guess the better question is “what ISN’T in my therapy bag? The answer: “toys!” Surprised? Most people are.
There is often a misconception that homecare therapists will bring the magical toy or activity that will provide that missing piece to get your child talking. And sure, there are lots of great toys and arts & crafts that can be brought in a bag, but the problem? They will only be there for those 1-2 hours per week, taking away the oppo
As the holidays are approaching, the most popular question I get from parents is: “What toys should we be getting to help with our child's speech and language development?” I love getting this question. It shows me that these parents understand the importance of play for their children! It also re-opens the discussion of what type of play we’re looking for at different developmental phases and what toys will and won’t support that. Furthermore, as a home care speech-languag
Hi again! As the month of May and Better Speech and Hearing Month are coming to an end (umm, hello summer!) I’d like to introduce the theme for We Say Play’s second blog post ( hint: I love it SO much that it is the inspiration and number one "must do" for my private practice). You guessed it…PLAY! If you thought play was just something your child did during down time or before they got to the “real” academic stuff in school, think again. Why is play so important for speech l
Hi and welcome to We Say Play Speech Language Therapy! First a bit about me, my name is Rosemarie (but please call me Rosey) Ott. I am a DIR/Floortime certified speech language pathologist and certified kids yoga teacher serving young children and their families throughout New York City. When I’m not playing with my clients, I spend my time between Brooklyn and New Paltz, NY where you can find me hiking with my fiancé and our two fur-kids, Tinsley and Huckleberry. I can’t th