The New Language Of Toys is a how-to guide for parents, teachers, and care-givers about using everyday toys (both store-bought and home-made) to develop communication skills in children with disabilities and making playtime a fun, exciting and educational experience. Divided into three parts, The New Language Of Toys begins by giving important background information on language, the causes for language delays, and the value of play in stimulating language learning. In the second part, readers learn about specific toys and how to use them in dozens of fun activities and language dialogues, arranged in section according to a child's developmental age. The last section provides a general overview that will help in the selection of use of toys. The New Language Of Toys recommends the best traditional toys while surveying new toys. Also covered is information on computer technology and language learning, videotapes and television, and the toy dialogues covering developmental ages from birth through age six. This is "must" reading for anyone with an interest in stimulating language skills in children with special needs. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Sue Schwartz created the Parent Infant Program in the Programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools, where she also works as Provider of Family Services. Joan Miller is an early childhood education teacher , who has worked extensively teaching and counseling children with special needs and their families. She has three children, one of whom has severe hearing loss.