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10 Awesome Cause & Effect Toys to Improve Language Skills

I love cause & effect toys. The ways they can help speech and language is endless. It’s a great early learning activity to show the relationship between using words to get something. Say a word and/or make an action and get a desired outcome and/or cool affect!
Below you will find a list of toys that are used frequently at LLA. Click the pictures for links to Amazon.

It’s recommended that you try to use one word (core word) at a time with a toy to see how your child reacts. Say the word to your child 5-10 times, then wait to see if your child will request with the word you’ve been using. If the child tries to say the word, reward immediately with the toy, and repeat the word they said. If they don’t say the word, keep saying it to them before you make the action happen!
Core Words: Say these words with your child as the action happens, they might try to say it too.
Vocab Targets: Vocab to say to your child to help them learn.

Poppin Pals

Core Words: pop, more, me, you, again, wow, push, twist, turn
Vocab Targets: lion, panda, giraffe, monkey, elephant, eyes, ears, nose, mane, paws, feet, banana, hair

Unicorn Popper

Core Words: pop, more, me, you, ball, up, down, high, low, push
Vocab Targets: unicorn, rainbow, horn, hooves, tail, belly, ears, hair, legs, nose, mout

Ball Popper Machine

Core Words: pop, ball, boom, kaboom, fall down, go, tap
Vocab Targets: fast, slow, up, down, go, stop, in, out, stay there, on top, roll

Press and Go Crocodile

Core Words: push, go, stop, me, you, more, wee
Vocab Targets: chomp, birds, purple, blue, orange, red, teeth, eyes, tail, twist, stop, go

Music Box Record Player

Core Words: play, push, more, stop, go
Vocab Targets: more, stop, on, off, quiet, loud, music, no music


Core Targets: pop, boo, woah, ahh, up, down, open, more,
Vocab Targets: scary, surprise, open, close, caterpillar, hello, goodbye

Gumball Machine

Core Words: pop, in, push, go, more, ball
Vocab Targets: items in the balls, lever, down, push, spin, round, stuck, catch

See and Say

Core Words: round, more, go, stop, animals names & sounds, pull, push, more
Vocab Targets: animal names/sounds, spin, again

Merry Go Round

Core Words: push, more, wee, round, spin
Vocab Targets: (animal names), stop, go, spin, merry go round, carousel, round, fast, slow

Stack and Tumble Elephant

Core Words: on, pop, off, more, me, up
Vocab Targets: on, off, elephant, ears, tail, wiggle, trunk, feet, horns, eyes
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Karrie Swan LaRock

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My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!

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Terri Apgar

I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.

Kelli Geisler Davisson

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!

Victoria Hansford-Price

We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.

Laura Lee Hogsett

They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.

Amy Furukawa

We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!

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LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for our daughter. I would highly recommend LLA. Miss Grace was so amazing and I can't believe how quickly our daughter showed improvement. Thank you!
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