What readers are saying about this book

Sarah W.

speech-language pathologist

This book is a wonderful resource for parents and professionals. Emily breaks down the process of learning through play into actionable steps that can be carried out immediately.

Alyse E.

parent & reading specialist

As a mother of a toddler, I found the information and strategies in "Playing With Purpose" very helpful. Each time I read, I learned something I immediately put into use with my son.

Rachel E.

former teacher & SAHM

Emily gives such practical ideas and concrete examples for how to use toys that most people already have in their homes to foster communication with young children.

About the author

Emily Cohen, M.A., CCC-SLP

Emily is the owner of Tandem Speech Therapy, a pediatric speech therapy practice serving the south and central Austin areas. She provides in-home services with a focus on play's impact on speech and language development--providing parent education during every step of the process.

Emily received a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2008 after being a special education teacher for 3 years. Collaboration with families, primary caregivers, and other specialists is at the heart of Emily’s mission; as the name suggests, Tandem is all about working together.  From her commitment to providing accessible in-home care, to tailoring that care on a family-by-family basis, Emily puts the ‘personal’ back in interpersonal communication. "Playing With Purpose" is the culmination of years of work with young children.

When she’s not working, Emily loves to travel, cook and eat, and stroll through Zilker Park with her husband and their dog.