Kristie Gatto, MA, CCC-SLP, COM is a certified speech-language pathologist and certified orofacial myologist. She is currently the owner of The Speech and Language Connection, which has two offices in the greater Houston area and employs 21 speech-language pathologists with various specialties. For the past ten years, she has focused her clinical skills on treating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, andreating patients with issues in feeding, dysphagia, deglutition, oral sensory aversion, orofacial myology, and swallowing-related disorders, as well as articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, and early intervention. Her teaching experiences include instruction to graduate students on the orofacial complex, externship and clinical fellow supervision for the past 10 years, and publishing/presenting information on the orofacial complex. Ms. Gatto is the author of Understanding the Orofacial Complex: Muscle Manual (Outskirts Publishing, 2014).… read more
Walmart recently released its top contenders for best Christmas toys of 2018, just in time for Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday sales. Brands like Power Rangers, Jurassic World, Transformers and Play-Doh are perennial favorites on our must-have kids toy list. But this year, we're equally excited about the comeback of Polly Pocket, as well as some newer trendy toys from Little Live Pets, Pomsie and Grumblies. Hold onto your pocketbooks and ready your wallets, because Walmart is stocked up with the most in-demand toy brands and products this year. Peruse our top kids toy choices below.
We all want our kids to read more, but finding the right e-reader for them can be tricky. We've broken down the specs on all the best e-readers on the market to let you know which device will have your kid devouring the most e-books.
Favorite teachers deserve a little something special this time of year. It could be a gift for their desk or classroom that adds a bit of flair, or even just a relaxing item they can enjoy at home. Planners, calendars and journals are always useful, as are cute and funny gifts that make them giggle. Teachers' gifts are a thoughtful way to show your appreciation for someone — including a coach, babysitter, day care staff member or nanny — who goes out of their way to care for and brighten your child's day. Check out some of top choices for teacher Christmas gifts from Amazon, Anthropologie, Uncommon Goods and more.
Holiday toy trends for kids come and go, but there are a bunch of products on Amazon this year that we predict will remain popular for years to come. And with Black Friday deals around the corner and Cyber Monday sales hot on their heels, we expect shopping to reach peak levels earlier than ever. So get ready to stock up on the best Christmas toys now! Iconic brands like Nerf and LEGO were at the top of the list last year, but save room in your shopping cart for the latest and best new kids toys, from Fingerlings to Hatchimals to L.O.L. Surprise and more. Check out our favorite toys to buy from Amazon below.
The fur is flying again this holiday season! Pomsies, the fluffy interactive toys that were a huge hit last year, are once again topping the lists of the best Christmas toys for kids in 2018 and selling out fast. Pomsies—as most parents already know—are petite, supercute fluff balls that wrap around kids' wrists, hair, clothing or backpacks, and have eyes that light up and change color, depending on their mood. The collection of in-demand virtual pets (move over, Fingerlings!) is mostly made up of kitties such as Pomsies Sherbert, but the pom-pom pack also includes Pomsies unicorn Luna, Pomsies dragon Zoey and Pomsies koala Sydney. Both Amazon and Walmart currently have Pomsies in stock, but they're going quickly (so maybe don't wait for those Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals). Here are some of the most popular Pomsies to shop right now, plus where to buy them.
Pokémon video games are a classic favorite for kids and parents alike. The games center around fictional creatures that can be trained for battle and evolve into bigger, better versions. Pokémon games feature only mild cartoon violence, are rated E for everyone and are compatible with Nintendo gaming consoles and Android or iOS devices.
Much like the still-hot onesie trend favored by bump-free fashionistas for the past few years, maternity rompers and jumpsuits are all the rage with the mother-to-be set as well. Casual, elegant, sporty and most importantly — comfortable! — these all-in-one outfits are nothing but versatile and especially easy to wear. Check out this collection of maternity one-piece jumpsuits; there's something chic for every mama at every phase of her pregnancy.
Have an L.O.L. Surprise! superfan in your life? We bet you do! The tiny big-eyed dolls have become one of the hottest toys of the holiday season. In fact, the range of merchandise featuring the mini figures goes far beyond the basic ball. From the new L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise set to L.O.L. Surprise! Pets to sparkly accessories and trendy fashions, we've uncovered the coolest items any L.O.L.-loving kid will totally flip for. Many of our picks are available from favorite retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Target — but you better act quick because these toys are flying off the shelves. It's no mystery who will win Christmas this year by wrapping up these fun surprises for the kiddos!
Selecting an educational toy for children that keeps them engaged can be challenging. With the right tools, you can make the toy shopping experience a lot less stressful.
So you've got the Playstation 4; now, which games are you supposed to get? Picking out the best video games for kids can be challenging—that's why we've rounded up the top PlayStation kids games and ranked them by age appropriateness and ease of play.
It's about that time: Ice, ice baby! There's a chill in the air, the winter months are upon us and ice skating rinks across the country are opening their gates. This, of course, keeps kids busy outside with friends while parents are bustling around buying holiday gifts, readying the house for guests and more. Ice skating is not only a great sport but also one of the best outdoor activities and winter weather pastimes for families. Whether your kid is a beginner or a star athlete, a boy or a girl, a figure skater or a hockey player, or just having fun with friends at the local frozen pond, here are the coolest ice skate styles from Amazon, Target, L.L. Bean and Urban Outfitters that any kid will covet.
You may not be looking forward to the ridiculously low temps this year, but don't let that keep your kids from enjoying the winter weather. Bundle them up in style with cold-weather gear from Abercrombie Kids. The selection of coats, sweaters, scarves and more — including a velvet puffer, sequined unicorn sweater and Star Wars hoodie — will keep them looking cool and feeling comfy and warm all winter long. Shop our favorite looks below, and don't forget to check out Abercrombie Kids' $15 & Under Comfy-Cozy Styles.
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Subscription boxes are the perfect gift for the fun-loving kiddos in your life. With options including everything from science to cooking, kids will love receiving their very own monthly packages filled with fun activities and toys. Don't know which subscription to choose? Read on to discover 12 of our favorites.
Acquiring all the products needed to care for your children can be expensive and overwhelming. But you can make the experience a lot less stressful for yourself and your family with quality tools and toys that can be used for all your children.
Excerpt from The Middle-Aged Lover, Vol. 1 of 2: A StoryThe house in which the dinner-party was given was that of Mr. William Gard...iner, who had been a barrister in fair practice, and was now a county-court judge. The band'of ladies sitting in the drawing-room, pursuing the rites carried on at that mystip season, was composed of the following elements.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more
Carlin the raccoon is afraid of everything. Then he meets Big Bear who tells him that there is a way to get courage. Alone, Carlin... must make a perilous journey and bring back the secret ingredient for Big Bear's Bravery Soup. read more
It has been eight long years since eight-year-old Nicholas Claus was last seen disappearing in a flash with the world's Christmas ...spirit stored safely within his very being. Now a strapping teenager, Nicholas struggles to find his way among his new brethren, the Sugar Plum Fairies, until one day a special reindeer and snowman bring Nick a treasured snow globe containing The Christmas Song. This snow globe and song just may be the key to helping Nicholas discover his forgotten past and realize his ultimate destiny. Meanwhile, the evil Ice Queen has enlisted the aid of Jack Frost and recruited him to join her and her troll warriors in destroying Christmas once and for all. As her power grows, people all over the lands must heed her demand to declare their Christmas beliefs and have them removed or suffer dire consequences. With the supreme strength of the Nutcracker war machine at her disposal, it seems that nothing can stop the Ice Queen from ending Christmas forever. That is, unless Nicholas Claus and his friends, including Prince Hero, the Kringles, and especially Nicholas's big sister, Shelby, can stop the queen before it's too late. This fantasy adventure tale is the follow-up to the story begun in Santa Claus: The Spirit of Christmas. The tale is sure to delight readers of all ages as so much surrounding the greatest holiday icon ever is explained in joyous yuletide splendor. read more
With their beautiful white fur and powerful presence, polar bears rule the Arctic. These majestic giants swim from iceberg to iceb...erg in chilling waters, care for their adorable cubs, and are threatened by global warming. In this level 1 reader you'll learn all you ever wanted to know about polar bears and so much more. Complete with fascinating facts and beautiful images, National Geographic Readers: Polar Bears can't miss. read more
Hand Teething, a teether in the shape of a hand cursor. It allows the child to practice holding things and hand-eye coordination. ...Soothes the tenderness caused during the teething process and meets the requirements for being put in the mouth. read more
Cursor Teething, a teether in the shape of an arrow cursor. It allows the child to practice holding things and hand-eye coordinati...on. Soothes the tenderness caused during the teething process and meets the requirements for being put in the mouth. read more
Super dudes eat super foods, that’s how they’re super strong. This book will reveal the super clues, and it won’t take too long. A...nd so we begin, our journey within, the super food secret lair. Where super brains, are super trained, and super villains beware. Join Russell the Brussels, Tomato Joe, Molly Cauliflower, and the whole bunch on a super-healthy adventure. read more
Sam is a full-size skeleton with fully flexible vertebral column, hand-painted muscle origins and insertions, numbered bones, flex...ible joint ligaments, and an L3-L4 disc prolapse. Over 600 structures of medical/anatomical interest are identified. Used in hospitals, schools, universities, and laboratories. The skeleton is ideal for active use in teaching and demonstrations. The skeleton is waist mounted on a metal roller stand (painted white). Measures at: 69.5" and 21.98 lb. Features: 3-part skull, individually inserted teeth, removable arms and legs, natural cast, transparent dust cover and 3 year guarantee. read more
Part of the 'Boy Allies' WWI adventure story series
Imagine an adventure to the jungle where the animals talk! Sam Sam is a four year old boy whose imagination sees his cubby friends..., Marzipan (his faithful cat – who also talks), Spoon, Dish and Tock (the cubby wall clock) come to life and join him on an adventure to The Jungle. The group come across a baby monkey who is lost, and they travel through the jungle to help him find his Mum. Along the way they meet a friendly lion, a hippo and Tommy Toucan. The animals all offer to help but warn Sam Sam and his friends to watch out for the big snake that lives in the jungle and isn’t so friendly. This book is superbly illustrated and children will want to read the story over and over, as they too will imagine sharing Sam Sam’s adventure. read more
WOW…imagination like only a little boy can have, captured in a picture book! Sam Sam is a four year old boy whose imagination sees... his cubby friends, Marzipan (his faithful cat – who also talks), Spoon, Dish and Tock (the cubby wall clock) come to life and join him on each adventure. The cubby house is the first in the series and sees Sam lead his friends on an adventure where seas are filled with chocolate; mountains are made of marshmallow, giant vanilla icebergs and much more. This book is superbly illustrated and children will want to read the story over and over, as they too will imagine sharing Sam Sam’s adventure. read more
Have you ever felt like your friends don't love you anymore? Especially if you didn't have any presents to give them?Sam the Lolli...pop Turkey has felt like that too. Let Sam show you the true meaning of friendship as he shares what happened to him.In Sam the Lollipop Turkey, you'll find a lovable character. Unlike other turkeys, Sam was born with no tail feather! With lots of TLC from his friends, he learns it's okay to be different. As he learns this, something miraculous happens. Share in the adventures of Sam the Lollipop Turkey. read more
A young boy receives a bottle lamb that everyone has given up on and raises him. Much to everyone's surprise, Sam the Lamb gets he...althy, he wins the big competition at the state fair. The boy eventually sets the lamb free to live with the other sheep in the pasture. read more
Sam the Owl and Gus the Firefly literally light up the sky in this classic Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. In Sam and the Firef...ly, P. D. Eastman (author of Are You My Mother? and Go, Dog. Go!) introduces us to the dynamic duo of Sam and Gus, who soar through the air writing words in the night sky. But when Gus’s words end up causing confusion and chaos for the people on the ground, it’s up to Sam to help Gus “write” his wrongs. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning."...provides interest, suspense and word repetition. Illustrations excellent. Recommended."--(starred) School Library Journal. read more
"Sam The Clam" is an adventure-filled story of a young clam who gets lost after being swept away from his home by a powerful storm.... Traveling through the big underworld of the sea in his quest to return to his family, Sam finds himself exploring new, and exciting places, plus, making some new friends along the way. Colored with vivid twists and turns, Sam The Clam shows us how fear and life's challenges can be overcome with patience, friendship, and helping others. read more
Real Workin Buddies: Mr. Dusty The Super Duper Toy Eating Garbage Truck. Kids love to make a mess with their toys, but they hate c...leaning it up. But not anymore! Real WorkinBuddies Mr. Dusty makes cleaning fun! He can Eat it Up, Sweep it Up & Dump it Out! He has personality with over 50 phrases, lights, & sounds! Works on both carpet and hardwood floors. Mr. Dusty will pick up most small toys (building bricks, toy cars, etc.) and use his Motorized mouth to help Eat Up the larger toys (up to 2" tall)! Kids will love Mr. Dusty, and parents will love him too! Requires 4 AA batteries (Included) Product dims: 13W x 5.25D x 9.5H Product weight: 3.4 lbs Age grade 3+ read more
Young readers love following this inquisitive eight-year-old and his trusty dog, Neptune, on misadventures that are full of fun, h...umor, suspense, and natural history, geography, and other lessons in life. This exciting series continues with Sam dreading the looming first day of school where he fears his annual back-to-school essay about his summer's activities will not be as impressive as the know-it-all Melody Chambers's. For an end-of-summer adventure, Sam goes blueberry picking with his mom and best friend, Billy. He learns the hard way about safety and respect for wildlife when he has a face-to-face encounter with a bear cub, its protective mom close behind. Heroic Neptune saves the day as she protects her masters after they are chased back into their truck. Find out if this exciting turn of events will make Sam's essay a grand prize winner. read more
It’s a beautiful day in the garden when Poppy and her panda friend, Sam, hear a commotion. Their friend Basil―who has always been ...known for his elegance―is in tears, because somebody nibbled his leaves last night!Poppy puts her detective skills to work, with help from Sam, and together they set out to find the culprit. They start by interviewing the insects, but Ms. Honeybee, Madame Ladybug, and Mr. Bumblebee all have contradictory suspicions of their own. So Poppy and Sam test some creative methods to catch the vandal red-handed. After a few misadventures, they find the remorseful nibbler―and Basil helps him understand that everything tastes better when it is freely offered.Illustrated with charming details and lots of kid appeal, this is an easy-to-read graphic novel with friendly characters and a suspenseful story line. read more
Originally published in 1912. This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan a...nd converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies. All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. read more
"Magnificent Sam" is a children's picture book detailing the exciting life and amazing adventures of Sam Houston. Beautiful full-c...olor illustrations accompany the text, as the reader is introduced to one of Texas' - and America's - greatest heroes. The book concludes with a glossary, timeline, discussion questions and additional resource section. Gold Medal: Will Rogers Medallion Award - Western Non-Fiction, Young Readers; Finalist: Western Writers of America Spur Award - Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction; Finalist: Writers' League of Texas Book Awards - Children's Picture Book read more
Sam loves to watch construction work. Every day, he stands behind the fence and watches the big machines--the steamroller, the cem...ent truck, and the tall crane--in action. When Sam enters the construction site on a dare, he discovers he can operate the big machinery! With a surprise ending, Sam saves the day with his construction site know-how. Hidden clues and delicious details make Alice Hoogstad's construction site a feast for the eye. read more
Kids can enjoy playful fun with The Good Dinosaur Small Figure, Sam. It features a posable mouth, legs and neck. In The Good Dinos...aur, the asteroid misses Earth and they never become extinct, but rather continue to live and evolve. The Good Dinosaur Sam is a Triceratops figure and comes with a small rodent, an ideal play pal for him to chase around. This collectible critter can also attach to Forrest Woodbush's horns (sold separately), the mysterious Styracosaurus who blends into the leaves and brush. He is covered with a collection of various tiny forest critters who protect him. Collect all of the figures and their pets to complete the Forrest Woodbush set. The Sam action figure toy stands 3.5" tall and is designed for children aged 3 years and older. read more
National Geographic Explorer and snake wrangler Dr. Brady Barr has been bitten by a lot of creatures over the years. So this book ...is born from first hand – er, tooth – experience of getting close to some of the biggest biters in the animal kingdom. It turns out that there's a lot more to biting than meets the eye. Physical features and the how (and when and why) an animal bites reveals much about the animal itself. Chomp! highlights an array of awesome creatures with a diversity of chomp styles – from shredders and slicers to grippers and gulpers. Then it shows how tooth type, bite force, jaw shape, and food source all come to together to make each an incredible member of the animal bite force! read more