Tandem Speech Therapy

Tandem Speech Therapy Working in TANDEM to grow your child’s speech and language skills through individualized care and She is now the owner of Tandem Speech Therapy.
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Emily Cohen, M.A CCC-SLP is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, a pediatric speech therapy practice serving the south and central Austin areas. Emily moved from Michigan to Austin, Texas in late 2009 with her dog, Bentley. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Indiana University–Bloomington. She then went on to receive her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology f

rom Eastern Michigan University. Emily spent 3 years working in special education classrooms and the last 8 years working in a variety of pediatric therapy settings with children birth to 18 years. Emily provides play- based and family centered speech therapy for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as services for school-aged children. Emily Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP is Hanen certified in their ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ program. This program’s focus is on caregiver education and methods to encourage speech and language skills. It is a foundational skill for the services Emily provides.

If you've been following me for a while then you know my most ideal/favorite clients are those seeking   support.These k...
06/08/2023

If you've been following me for a while then you know my most ideal/favorite clients are those seeking support.

These kiddos are 18-24 months old and not producing many sounds or using intentional forms of communication. Therefore, an early skill I like to encourage these families to work on is vocal play or babbling.

I enjoy working together, with each family, to build a babble box that peeks their child's interests. *Note: this is for kids we suspect are analytic language learners, not GLPs.*

Swipe to see some of the things we've put into the boxes and keep reading for a few tips...
😝 Get down on your child's level and be silly! Try catching their attention by varying your pitch while bringing out your inner child.

📚 Pair up your child's favorite items from the box with a book on the same subject. For example, if your child likes animals and/or cars then try reading something from the "Little Blue Truck" series while incorporating the toys into your storytime.

🗣 Be repetitive, modeling with babbling sounds many times while playing with them in context. Both repetition and context are important for learning at this phase of your child's development.

What would you put in your kid's babble box?

Summer sure snuck up on us in Austin, but don't fret. If you're still looking for summer speech therapy services we've g...
05/30/2023

Summer sure snuck up on us in Austin, but don't fret. If you're still looking for summer speech therapy services we've got you covered! Whether you are looking to maintain & grow the skills your child achieved in the past school year or want a head start to prepare for the next, Tandem Speech Therapy would love to chat.

Visit the link to schedule your FREE communication consultation today.
https://tandemspeechtherapy.clientsecure.me

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I am excited to share that I have partnered up with my fellow SLP authors to host a sale during a month where we work to...
05/15/2023

I am excited to share that I have partnered up with my fellow SLP authors to host a sale during a month where we work to increase awareness and advocacy for our profession of speech-language pathology. What better way to build a strong foundation than to support each other's work?

The sale will run today, May 15 through May 17. All my Playing With Purpose™️ books and materials will be 20% off when you use the code SLP20 at checkout.

Remember my PWP™️ books aren't the only thing on sale. Be sure to search and look for an image just like the one you're viewing. You'll find tons of other speech-language pathologist author's books on sale too.

There are SLP authors who have written children's books, resource books like mine, books about starting a private practice, novels for adults, and so much more. What kind of books will you be shopping for?

To shop for Playing With Purpose™️ items, visit www.pwpbook.com and don't forget the code SLP20 at checkout.

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I had the honor of taking this course before it was released—highly recommend it!
05/09/2023

I had the honor of taking this course before it was released—highly recommend it!

You read that right, friends. It's time to get excited because Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a sitewide sale and I ha...
05/09/2023

You read that right, friends. It's time to get excited because Teachers Pay Teachers is hosting a sitewide sale and I have a $10 gift card to give to a lucky follower!

As a reminder, this is a sitewide sale on TPT so there are tons of amazing products you purchase at up to 25% off. DO NOT forget to enter the code at checkout: THANKYOU23

I'm making winning easy:
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3. That's all!

1 winner will be selected and contacted via DM on Tuesday, May 10 around noon CST so you still have time to shop during the sale.

This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed, or associated with Instagram/Facebook in any way.

Spoiler Alert: the key is to let your child do the work instead of the toy. Swipe to see all my tips 👉🏻 from one of my m...
05/06/2023

Spoiler Alert: the key is to let your child do the work instead of the toy. Swipe to see all my tips 👉🏻 from one of my most popular blog posts!
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Did you know you do not have to go out and buy a water table for your child; you can quickly make one from things you al...
04/27/2023

Did you know you do not have to go out and buy a water table for your child; you can quickly make one from things you already have in the house!

First, get a large plastic container or a bucket. I prefer a clear plastic bin so your kids can see the water from all angles. Then gather a bunch of household items. Find things that will sink, sq**rt, or float such as cups, spoons, a turkey baster, a spray bottle, sponges, and a funnel. Also, consider grabbing some of the plastic toys you have such as action figures, animals, vehicles, pretend food, and toy dishes. Now you are ready to play in the water.

If you're looking for some specific ideas for boosting speech and language skills the Playing With Purpose™️ way, then check out this blog post.

https://www.tandemspeechtherapy.com/2018/04/12/playing-with-purpose-water-play/
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What are you going to model in play with your kids today?⁠ The other day I shared a super fun, new toy I found in the Ta...
04/26/2023

What are you going to model in play with your kids today?⁠ The other day I shared a super fun, new toy I found in the Target Dollar Spot 🎯 Perfect for some bath-time fun! (PS I linked some fun bath toys below.)

Modeling is a valuable tool we can use to help children learn language. Great modeling is natural and comes without the expectation to repeat. As I often say to the parents I support, "Kids have to hear words to say words." And while this is a gross generalization, it's true. Children need to hear lots of words, hear them repeatedly, and hear them in context.⁠

That's why modeling language during your everyday routines or their favorite activities is so valuable. So be the newscaster of your child's life!⁠

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Earlier in the week, I introduced you to my Playing With Purpose™️ best friend. Did you catch the reel?Did you know ther...
04/19/2023

Earlier in the week, I introduced you to my Playing With Purpose™️ best friend. Did you catch the reel?

Did you know there are adjustments we can make when shifting to a Playing With Purpose™️ mindset? PWP™️ is a shift in our awareness and tweaks to how we interact with kids and the words we choose.⁠

Kids learn to problem solve by us giving them opportunities to safely 'fail.' So instead of jumping in to help your child push the parts into the potato body, give them an opportunity to try it on their own. This is, in a way, a communication temptation for our youngest kids who may not have the strength and coordination to do it on their own. By waiting, we give them an opportunity to initiate communication--at their level--and 'ask' us for help.⁠

The desire to communicate with others must come from within. When kids follow commands to "say" our words, we are not giving them communication autonomy. So instead of telling our children what to "say," provide them with models by narrating what you see them doing in play.⁠⁠⁠⁠

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Tandem--the idea of working together. The exact reason for choosing the name of my private practice! At Tandem Speech Th...
04/12/2023

Tandem--the idea of working together. The exact reason for choosing the name of my private practice! At Tandem Speech Therapy, one of the ways that we work together with parents and their children is via parent coaching.

Early in the week, I shared the 5 components of parent coaching from Rush and Sheldon's work. Swipe through and see some examples of the action phase happening. We see mom and SLP on the floor playing with the child. The SLP gives feedback (another component) to mom so she can refine her use of the tools they outlined during the first phase of parent coach--joint planning.

As a refresher, the five components are joint planning, observation, action, reflection, and feedback.

Do you use parent coaching in your speech therapy visits? Or are you a parent who is participating in parent coach with a therapy provider? We'd love to hear about it--leave a comment below 💜
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A little   to when we were in the earlier days of the pandemic and I blogged about how I was using surprise eggs while w...
04/06/2023

A little to when we were in the earlier days of the pandemic and I blogged about how I was using surprise eggs while working with all my clients via telepractice.

I went back to this post, this week, and shared it with some of the parents I work with. All the ideas are applicable for in-person therapy and are great tools for caregivers to use after the upcoming Easter holiday. Or truly any time of year...I use my surprise eggs year-round, don't you?!

What's your favorite way to use surprise eggs after the holiday?
🔗 below and in my bio to the blog post
https://www.tandemspeechtherapy.com/2020/05/28/surprise-eggs-telepractice-speech/
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Sometimes when I talk about child-led play, child-led time, and child-led decision-making, I can tell that caregivers ar...
04/05/2023

Sometimes when I talk about child-led play, child-led time, and child-led decision-making, I can tell that caregivers are a bit leary and hesitant.

But don't worry! "Child-led" doesn't mean an "unstructured free for all!"

Child Led Learning/Play is...
👉noticing what they notice.
👉setting safe boundaries
👉sharing their joy
👉acknowledging their needs
👉respecting their opinion
⭐⭐empowering them⭐⭐

Purposefully inserting some child-led play into your day is the easiest way to start supporting your child's speech-language development. If you have questions about what this may look like drop a comment below or send us a DM!

We are quickly approaching Tandem Speech Therapy's 6th birthday 🥳 One of the things that transpired after opening my pri...
04/04/2023

We are quickly approaching Tandem Speech Therapy's 6th birthday 🥳 One of the things that transpired after opening my private practice was the writing and self-publishing of a book 🤯

Have you heard of Playing With Purpose™️? Been curious to learn more but don't own the resource? Swipe to learn more and then visit www.pwpbook.com to download your free chapter!

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If your child has dragged you down the toy aisles at Target recently or you've been inundated with ads for the upcoming ...
03/23/2023

If your child has dragged you down the toy aisles at Target recently or you've been inundated with ads for the upcoming spring holidays, then you know how complicated choosing toys can be. You have likely been bombarded by toys with sounds, lights, music, buttons, and the 'dreaded' screen. When you purchase these types of toys, the toy does all the work and your child is likely to lose interest quickly.

Next time you are shopping for your child or a gift for a little one, keep these tips in mind and choose a toy that will support the development of critical early language and play skills.
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Spring break is over and we are all moved into our new office. We are so excited to welcome current and new families to ...
03/20/2023

Spring break is over and we are all moved into our new office. We are so excited to welcome current and new families to the space.

If you are looking for services in Austin, TX please reach out. We'd love to support you and your child.

Our new office is located at 1823 Fort View Rd, 78704--suite 104. We are right now the street from the amazing coffee spot Radio which has some of my favorite tacos from Veracruz All Natural. It doesn't get any better than that!
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03/08/2023

In honor of International Women’s Day I think it’s important to revisit a story I shared with y’all about 2 years ago just after I met my friend (and fellow SLP) Emily of Parade Pediatric Speech Therapy.

In getting to know each other, one idea that continued to surface was the idea of 'collaboration over competition.' As speech-language pathologists, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to specialize and find a niche for our work. In my case, I specialize in play and language development, supporting families with early communication skills, and helping children with speech sound disorders and phonological impairments. And while Emily specializes in some of that work, she also has specialty areas that are not in my wheelhouse. She is bilingual and supports autistic children and their families, kids who are Gestalt language processors, AAC users, as well as kids with receptive and expressive language disorders.

Knowing even these small details about each other's work allows Emily and I to better serve the kids and families in Austin, TX. I cannot support every child. She cannot support every family either. There is an abundance for us both and our fellow SLPs. When we work together instead of seeing private practice as a rivalry, then everyone wins.⁠

What value does collaboration add to your work as a speech therapist?⁠
Tag a fellow SLP or colleague who you collaborate with to better serve your community 🫶🏻

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I started my private practice. I finished graduate school in 2008. No one...
03/04/2023

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing when I started my private practice. I finished graduate school in 2008. No one I knew in SLP programs was taking business courses or talking about starting their own business. I completed my CFY in a large hospital-based, outpatient pediatrics department. It was not until I came to Austin a few years later, in early 2010, was I exposed to the world of private practice.

Flash forward about 7 years, some great jobs and one epically awful job (the kind where you cry in your car a lot), and in April 2017 Tandem Speech Therapy was born. Thankfully I found amazing resources from people like the and a community of other speech-language pathologists to help me along the way.

Here I am, coming up on the 6th anniversary of my little business, and I'm not going to minimize all I've done--I am proud of myself. Was it scary? YES! Do I still constantly worry whether or not people are going to want to work with me as a speech therapist? YES! Do I experience imposter syndrome ALL the time? Heck YES! But just as I tell the kids I work with, we can do hard things when we believe in ourselves. And when we believe in ourselves, other people believe in us too!

This is (almost) 43 🥳 Tomorrow is my birthday and I want y'all to celebrate with me!Through the end of the day on Thursd...
03/01/2023

This is (almost) 43 🥳 Tomorrow is my birthday and I want y'all to celebrate with me!

Through the end of the day on Thursday everything in my Teachers Pay Teachers store is 20% off. AND if you order directly from me any of my Playing With Purpose™️ products are also 20% off with the code BDAY20. This means if you head over to www.pwpbook.com, you can get a print copy of my book at the lowest price it's been in quite some time.

So what are you waiting for friends...get shopping 😉
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Peek-a-boo...I spy the Potato Head Family making an appearance and if you know anything about me, then you know this is ...
02/28/2023

Peek-a-boo...I spy the Potato Head Family making an appearance and if you know anything about me, then you know this is a favorite toy of mine.

I love Potato Head sets that come with more than 1 potato head. I'm linking to one of them in my bio, in case you want to add this great toy to your tool kit.⁠

With more than 1 potato, there are many opportunities to facilitate cooperative play. Cooperative play is when children begin to share ideas and toys and follow established rules and guidelines. They are interested in both the people playing and the activity they are doing.⁠

Cooperative play emerges in children at ages 4-5 years old. Cooperative play can go hand-in-hand with dramatic or pretend play. It is when we see two kids playing with dolls–one is pretending to be a parent, and the other is playing the role of the doll's sibling.⁠

To guide children into cooperative play and support its development, try giving 1 child the potato and another child all the parts. You can start by modeling phrases the children can use, when interacting, to share and request help from each other.⁠⁠⁠⁠

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Calling all   🤘🏻. The  conference starts tomorrow here in Austin and I'm super excited to be able to attend on Friday. I...
02/23/2023

Calling all 🤘🏻. The conference starts tomorrow here in Austin and I'm super excited to be able to attend on Friday. If we've never met before then please say hi and introduce yourself.

Drop a comment or an emoji below, so I know to look for you too!

Helping parents choose toys is one way that I support them during our   work.⁠⁠This your monthly reminder of the list of...
02/22/2023

Helping parents choose toys is one way that I support them during our work.⁠

This your monthly reminder of the list of tips that I share:⁠
1. ditch the batteries ❌ 🔋⁠
2. go back to the basics 🪀⁠
3. get outside and move 🌳 🚶🏽⁠
4. less is more 📦⁠
5. you are the best toy 👪⁠

What's your favorite tip or resource you share with families when you're doing play-based therapy?⁠⁠⁠

As a  , I am a huge proponent of their work. It's the foundation for so much of the work that I do at   and much of the ...
02/18/2023

As a , I am a huge proponent of their work. It's the foundation for so much of the work that I do at and much of the reason I wrote my book.⁠

"From birth, children communicate using sounds, actions, eye gaze, and facial expressions. They don’t realize that these sounds and actions have any meaning until their caregivers consistently respond to them. In this way, children gradually learn that the messages they send without words have an effect on other people, and they start to send these messages intentionally.⁠

Any time an adult responds to a child’s message, either verbally or non-verbally, and the child responds back, an interaction has started. And it’s within these early back-and-forth interactions that the foundation for all of a child’s future conversations is built."⁠

How do you set up a back-and-forth interaction with your kids or clients?⁠⁠⁠⁠

Pro tip: your baby does not need to learn their shapes, colors, numbers, or letters...yet!⁠⁠You've probably noticed how ...
02/16/2023

Pro tip: your baby does not need to learn their shapes, colors, numbers, or letters...yet!⁠

You've probably noticed how much your little one loves to take things out of a container and put them back in. Plus isn't playing in the water so much fun?! These simple tasks, that kids are so fond of and engaged during, can become a moment for .⁠

I like choosing 1-2 words to focus on, especially when I am helping a child develop . With a shape sorter and a tub of water, I would consider words such as 'in, out, and block.' They all begin with early developing sounds--the vowels and the sounds we make with our lips (B, P, M).⁠

Making intentional vocabulary choices sets up your child for success. What are some first words you like to model during play?⁠⁠⁠⁠

Raise your hand if you're still doing telepractice 🙋🏻‍♀️ I am and while I love seeing kids at my office, I am still enjo...
02/14/2023

Raise your hand if you're still doing telepractice 🙋🏻‍♀️ I am and while I love seeing kids at my office, I am still enjoying this virtual side of my business.⁠

As my time with telehealth progressed, I grew to miss my tangible toys. I was bringing them out for parent coaching with my early intervention clients and Playing With Purpose Coaching families, but not using my toys with the other kids. A while back, , I shared my favorite tangible toys to use for and recently revisited the post to jog my memory and refresh my work.

(also linked in my bio) https://www.tandemspeechtherapy.com/2020/07/23/tangible-toys-telepractice-speech/⁠⁠⁠⁠

Do you know what all the toys peeking out in this image have in common?They follow one of the "rules" in my 5 Tips for C...
02/10/2023

Do you know what all the toys peeking out in this image have in common?

They follow one of the "rules" in my 5 Tips for Choosing Toys--go back to the basics!

Try picking 'traditional' toys (aka toys without batteries). Think back to toys you had as a child: wooden blocks, cars, a play kitchen and food set, a dollhouse, play dough, dress-up clothes, a toolset, etc. These are all open-ended toys. They are toys that have no beginning, middle, or end. They can be used in a variety of ways and allow your child creative freedom in how to use and manipulate them.

Chugga-chugga-choo-choo 🚂 We've made it to the middle of the week, friends! Are you ready to treat yourself for the upco...
02/08/2023

Chugga-chugga-choo-choo 🚂 We've made it to the middle of the week, friends! Are you ready to treat yourself for the upcoming Valentine's holiday?

In case you missed the news, my friend Laura from just opened registration for her First 50 Words Course for SLPs. If you register before Friday you can take advantage of a great discount by using the code EARLY60. Hands down, her course was the best continuing education I did in 2022. Your registration includes over 100 pages of downloads to use immediately with your caseload along with 8 professional development hours. You'll find the link in my bio and below.

https://first50words.teachable.com/p/slpcourse?affcode=824591_zabmvu3m

There's also a Teachers Pay Teachers sale through the end of today so be sure to use the code FEBSALE23 at checkout to get up to 25% off tons of resources.

Do you ever bring items from home into your office or classroom? I love combining puzzles with some common household ite...
02/08/2023

Do you ever bring items from home into your office or classroom? I love combining puzzles with some common household items--tape and a muffin tin. ⁠

All of my and preschool-aged clients have loved this activity. And it was perfect to pair up with some of their . ⁠

We started by using the carrier phrases "take off" and "get out," along with words or a word approximation to name the part of the house (aka the puzzle piece). For example, I worked on "wih-oh" to represent 'window' for an early talker and "yellow window" for another child working on expanding their MLU. ⁠

An extension activity I did with some of the preschoolers involved naming objects that you find within the rooms of the house to build up vocabulary and categorization skills.⁠

What's your favorite everyday item to bring into your therapy room or classroom?⁠⁠⁠⁠

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OK Google: what are some other ways I can use the pieces from my kids' puzzles or the coins from the piggy bank?⁠⁠Trying...
02/04/2023

OK Google: what are some other ways I can use the pieces from my kids' puzzles or the coins from the piggy bank?⁠

Trying using a puzzle and its pieces as part of an obstacle course--outdoors if the weather permits. This is a treasure trove of multi-sensory learning and can also support your child's physical development by encouraging growth in their balance and coordination.⁠

An obstacle course is a fun activity to build in practice with location terms, which we refer to as prepositions. You may say something such as, "Walk under the slide, pick up the pig, and place it on the patio table."⁠⁠⁠⁠

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Hello February! If you are an email subscriber, then you already know that I've deemed this month 💜Share the Love💜 month...
02/02/2023

Hello February! If you are an email subscriber, then you already know that I've deemed this month 💜Share the Love💜 month at Tandem Speech Therapy. My subscribers got some great tips in their inboxes yesterday morning. But don't worry, I am going to share them with you too!

My friend Laura over at is getting ready to open up registration for her First 50 Words Course for SLPs. I took it in 2022 and learned SO much. Laura has a new bundle of resources taken directly out of the course materials and you're not going to want to miss out on getting them for free. Swipe to check them out!

One of my favorite pages [Early Vocabulary Targets] from the course is in this free download. I love talking to the parents of my EI clients about supporting vocabulary development. We work together to choose words to model that will be of high value to their child as an individual. This is a great strategy to employ in your play-based therapy.

Don't miss out on getting your free resources TODAY https://first50words.teachable.com/a/aff_1dy4n60b/external?affcode=824591_zabmvu3m. This bundle is only available until tomorrow. You can also find the link in my bio!

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Emily Cohen, M.A CCC-SLP is the founder of the Tandem Speech Therapy, a pediatric speech therapy practice serving the south and central Austin areas and Westlake. Emily moved from Michigan to Austin, Texas in late 2009 with her dog, Bentley. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Indiana University–Bloomington and then went on to receive her Master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Eastern Michigan University. Emily spent 3 years working in special education classrooms and the last 8+ years working in a variety of pediatric therapy settings with children birth to 18 years. She is now the owner of Tandem Speech Therapy. Emily provides play- based and family centered speech therapy for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as services for school-aged children. Emily Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP is Hanen certified in their ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ program. This program’s focus is on caregiver education and methods to encourage speech and language skills. It is a foundational skill for the services Emily provides.

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Fun and simple plays to play (with what you already have)!!