Southport, Connecticut (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
Play On Words LLC, led by highly respected speech therapist Sherry Artemenko, announces 2012's Fall PAL Winners. This recognition is the toy industry’s only program directed by a credentialed speech-language expert recognizing the language learning edge in exceptional toys, games and books. Distinguished by unique design, quality and character, these PAL winners can generate rich play that advances language. Sherry's 35 years of child development experience with over 15,000 hours working with kids empower her PAL selections, popular blog, private practice and media appearances.
"I'm excited to see companies taking a closer look at their products to find the language learning potential for ALL kids to play together, while making it easier for parents by listing their toy's skills on the packaging or in learning guides in the box. Manufacturers are valuing my advice on how to use their toys to maximize learning, 'We can't wait to see what you think!' The PAL seal, awarded to global enterprises and start-ups alike, differentiates the companies who know the marketplace now demands products that are not only fun, but educational. The PAL Award seal says just that.”
Fall 2012 Play Advances Language (PAL) Award Winners listed by language learning category:
EARLY DEVELOPMENT - Sherry’s background in pediatric speech therapy gives her an eye for the best products to build physical and cognitive strength to prepare a child for her first sounds, words and sentences. From animating chunky animal puzzle pieces to swatting at dangling faces on a baby gym, kids learn essentials leading to language.
LANGUAGE STRUCTURE - These outstanding products build language structure, often teaching vocabulary, concepts or grammar while delivering fun. Assembling a story from illustrated dice, representing a word or concept through objects, or questioning a friend to guess his pretend identity all strengthen communication.
(PRE)READING - From racing to form words, identifying pictures beginning with specific sounds, or listening to a delightful picture book full of repeated phrases and bold words, children can pick up essential skills to promote reading.
STORY TELLING / PRETEND PLAY - When operating and protecting a futuristic planet's headquarters, preparing a picnic outside the dollhouse, or tranpsorting an injured person by helicopter, children enter the world of pretend, creating their own stories with plenty of flexible props to guide them. Oral story-telling precedes writing as kids learn the steps to create a good narrative.
SOCIAL LANGUAGE - Pairing closely with pretend play, social language blossoms when children play with toys that encourage extended social interactions. Working cooperatively to feed a Woozle, acting out a Disney Princess story, or teaming on a beautiful puzzle, promote one-on-one and group interaction.
Congratulations to our PAL Winners who are listening to their markets and delivering a powerful value proposition, namely, great language learning paired with play.
To see all Playonwords PAL Award winners, go to:
ABOUT PLAYONWORDS LLC
Playonwords.com was founded by well respected speech language pathologist, Sherry Artemenko, a 35 year champion of language driven play. Her esteemed PAL Award, popular blog, and helpful tips to parents set her apart as a leader advocating the language component in toys.
Over 15,000 hours working directly with children has shown her that a unique subset of the best toys, games and books have the capability to develop language while delivering great play. Studies show: