Robert McKenzie

New York, New York

MA, Fifth grade teacher

Robert’s long, circuitous path to Blub Blubs, Inc. began in New York City, where as a fifth-grade teacher in Hell’s Kitchen he met his much smarter, more attractive wife-to-be. Having both finished master’s degrees from Columbia University, they moved to Europe for adventure and romance. Robert also built a communications business based on writing and teaching before taking a four-year hiatus to join a Beatles tribute band to tour the world as “John.” The birth of his second child required a re-examining of his priorities and eventually led him to be the “Senior” (and only) Copywriter and one of the creative mischief-makers for Speech Blubs. As the company’s “old goat” Robert got to be involved in the making of an app that teaches kids to read and gets to tease his younger colleagues mercilessly. A very happy time, indeed.

Robert McKenzie's Articles
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How to Survive in Isolation Stress-free

In our efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, we are forced to spend a lot of time in isolation. Since many of you…

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Teaching Kids with Video Modeling

The beginnings of Video Modeling for Autism Video modeling (VM) is a relatively recent phenomenon in teaching. Creer and Miklich’s study (1970) was the first…

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Temper Tantrum Guide: When, Why, and How to Deal with Them

For parents, temper tantrums can be extremely frustrating and, if you are out in public, can be downright embarrassing. Rest assured, however, that most tantrums…

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12 Ways to Deal with a Toddler Tantrum

To understand tantrums better, read our Temper Tantrum Guide. Sometimes living with a toddler can feel like walking amongst a landmine – you never know…

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10 Things Not to do When Your Toddler is Having a Tantrum

If you’ve ever reacted inappropriately to a toddler tantrum, don’t be too hard on yourself. Tantrums can be stressful and we are humans, bound to…

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Temper Tantrums vs. Meltdowns: Spot the Difference

Learning the differences between the tantrums and meltdowns can help you to better understand why your child is having them and how to deal with…

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All New Speech Blubs!

We’ve had a Makeover Did you know that Speech Blubs has a new look and feel? The new design makes learning more fun and more…

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Speech Blubs says “Olá!” with its New (Brazilian) Portuguese Version!

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, has a population of over 211 million people, making it the world’s sixth most populous country. With so…

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Speech Blubs says “Bonjour!” with its New French Version!

Now available for iOS and Android. Speech Blubs French provides French-speaking, bilingual, and English-speaking kids the exercises and games to improve their French language skills…

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Current Challenges for Speech Therapists in Telepractice

Still, you can’t really appreciate what they do until you know the whole story. This blog is an attempt to describe some of their challenges…

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The Launch of the Video Series ‘Blub Talks’!

Speech Blubs’ first episode of the ‘Blub Talks’ podcast with Jaka Z. featured special guest and Speech Blubs’ Chief Technical Officer and co-founder Dal R….

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Kids and Learning to Read: An All-in-One-Guide

So, this blog attempts to put learning to read into the proper context. For example, it will cover its importance, the history of teaching approaches…

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Abigail the Advocate - Blub Talks #3

This week’s theme is achievement, overcoming obstacles, and reaching one’s full potential. After watching this podcast, you begin to understand how this is totally NOT…

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SLP WEBINAR: El Paso SLPs Meet Rachel Madel, M.A., CCC-SLP

With the current restrictions, how do these kids get the services they need? They can’t meet in person with their speech therapist. They can’t go…

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How to Nurture Play Skills in Children with Autism

When your child receives a diagnosis, it’s important to learn how to play with an autistic child. Ask a play therapist how to make playtime…

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Fart Jokes and Why Toddlers Like Them So Much

If your toddler is reaching the bathroom humor phase of life, chances are that they find these jokes hilarious! And while a little bit of…