(PRWEB) May 15, 2013
Play On Words LLC, led by highly respected speech language pathologist Sherry Artemenko, announces 2013's Spring PAL (Play Advances Language) 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.”
Spring 2013 Play Advances Language (PAL) Award Winners listed by language learning category:
EARLY DEVELOPMENT: Sherry's daily experience in pediatric speech therapy gives her an eye for the best products to build attention, vocabulary, and concepts through play, preparing children for their first sounds, words and sentences. From stacking and squirting pals to pulling a circus train, kids learn essential language skills.
LANGUAGE STRUCTURE: These outstanding products can build language structure, often teaching vocabulary, concepts or grammar while delivering fun. Predicting and drawing conclusions from a science experiment, learning position words while searching for "Sunshine," or using the language of math to defeat Ninja Turtle enemies, all strengthen communication.
PRE (READING): Searching for a word written in the round, spinning the alphabet with associated pictures or listening to an early reader popping up tall and high, children can pick up essential skills to promote reading.
STORY-TELLING/ PRETEND PLAY: Whether protecting Fort Brave from the outlaws, engaging in realistic puppet play, or taking the ferry boat out for a sail, children enter the world of pretend, creating their own stories with plenty of flexible props to guide their imagination. 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 follow the instructions of a magic move wand, or racing mice to capture a huge chunk of cheese before the cat stops them promotes one-on-one 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.
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