When was the last time you discovered a therapy material that could target a variety goals? For me, that therapy material is My Little House. From the time I learned about My Little House, I had so many ideas on ways to use it.
This AMAZING product was created by Speech Language Pathologist, Yvonne Johansen. My Little House was born after many years of using felt boards in therapy. Not only does the house have 8 different rooms with various different furnishings for each room, but the house can be laid flat or velcroed to create a 3D stand up display. The reversible house has a house exterior on one side and the individual rooms with shape outlines on the other side and can be made to face each way. Since this product was created by an SLP, each piece and detail was designed with education in mind.
My first thought, like I’m sure many of yours, was to use it for early intervention. Using the house to teach functional vocabulary, prepositions, and allows for play based therapy as well as eliciting spontaneous language. Since the outlines of the shapes are also printed on the house itself, matching, same and different, requesting, and formulating questions can also be targeted.
The 36 felt pieces included with the house can be used separately for school age children working on categorizing, following directions, describing, narrative skills, and vocabulary. I also discovered that the house and its pieces can be used for similar targets with adult and elderly clients.
The exterior house side of My Little House is a great discussion piece. The vocabulary with this product is endless. It can be paired with a story for longer therapy sessions. Therapists can have clients decorate the outside of the house for different holidays, allowing for more specific or themed vocabulary and lesson plans.
As a SLPA and graduate student I sometimes work in multiple locations or share my space with other professionals. This amazing house folds flat and stores with all of its pieces in a similarly shaped box, making it easy to transport or store. This product is a great addition to any therapists’ collection of materials, no matter what setting they work in. Parents can also buy this toy for hours of family play and to elicit language outside of speech.
Keep your eyes open for new products by Smart Felt Toys.
Visit and purchase My Little House during ASHA by visiting booth 438. Not going to ASHA? Buy My Little House online at www.smartfelttoys.com and use promo code ASHA17 for 10% discount.