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Helping Parents Teach Toddlers To Understand and Use Language
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access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses late talkers! In this podcast, we'll discusses a common problem therapists face little friends who try to run away when you're supposed to be teaching them something!! I'll be talking with a therapist who is currently facing this situation with one of her clients. Listen in as we walk through the problem solving process!
access_time3 months ago
Join speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S, CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares great ideas for working with late talking toddlers while you're riding in the car. Read the post here:
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S.,  CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she explains 4 speech and articulation disorders in children - speech delay, dysarthria, apraxia, and phonological disorder. We'll discuss tips for correctly identifying each one and recommendations for initial treatment plans for toddlers for each diagnoses.
access_time4 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses the treatment hierarchy she uses for treating toddlers with unintelligible speech. Read the full summary here:
access_time4 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.,S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss issues related to speech intelligibility in toddlers. Even toddlers who are typically developing can be difficult to understand! Almost every child uses sound substitutions or their own pronunciations. Learn what's normal and what's not. We'll also discuss treatment methods that work best for toddlers. Approaches for targeting speech intelligibility in older children are often developmentally inappropriate for children who are under 3, and even those who are 3 or 4, when there are other developmental delays. Listen to the show for ways to determine when a child is ready to target articulation and more importantly, for a list of first intelligibility targets in toddlers.

 

 

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This information is from a section of my course Early Speech-Language Development: Taking Theory to the Floor. CE credit is available for this 12 hour course on DVD.  Right now it's on sale for 20% off when you use the coupon code 20off. This offer is valid July 2017. If you're listening after this date and need a current coupon code, email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com and I can help!
access_time5 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com to discuss parent coaching in early intervention and pediatric speech therapy. In today's show, I'm reviewing my parent coaching model. Many therapists get caught up in the trap of wanting to coach parents, but feeling uncomfortable and unnatural if it doesn't go as well as we'd like. Listen to my tips for making this process flow more smoothly for you - and for the families you're seeing!! The best part about this model is that it's EASY to remember & implement. Here are the highlights:

Introduce, Do, Review
“Introduce” the strategy – Discuss the technique and the rationale before the activity“Do” – Implement the strategy within an activity“Review” – Talk about how it went and plan your tweaks
access_time5 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses the variances in play we see among young children with developmental delays. We'll also spend the last half of the show talking about my 10 favorite ways to play with cars!
access_time6 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP for a special show about toddlers with language delay who are bilingual. My guest is Becky Green, a trilingual speech-language therapist working in California. She has worked in both early intervention and in preschools with families from different language backgrounds since starting her profession as an SLP. Prior to that, she worked as an elementary educator (fifth grade teacher) and as well as an English teacher in Portugal. She is very passionate about multilingualism. Read the full summary of the show here.
access_time6 months ago
In honor of Mother's Day, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses ways to support parents of children with special needs. Read the post here.
access_time7 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses 7 behaviors or differences in children with autism that differentiate this diagnosis from other kinds of speech-language delays and disorders in toddlers and preschoolers. This information is evidence-based so you can trust it! Read the full list here.
access_time7 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she continues the topic of Solutions for Common Problems during play. This week we're discussing echolalia and strategies to keep interaction and play going when a child seems lost in her own words.
access_time8 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses how to handle tantrums and meltdowns in late talking toddlers. Read the full summary here:
access_time8 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP, of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses issues with late talking toddlers and preschoolers. In this week's podcast, we're continuing the series This Kid Doesn't Play! Solutions for Common Problems. This is part 6 in this series. Background Sometimes, despite our best efforts, young children with language delays don’t seem to want to play with us. This situation might look like a “behavior” problem, meaning that the child is purposefully choosing  not to play with  you. That’s not always the case. On this series of shows, I hope I can help you look at these problems from another perspective. In this episode, we're tackling the following problems: 

 

DIFFICULTY WITH TRANSITIONS

Read the full post here.
access_time9 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP, of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses issues with late talking toddlers and preschoolers. In this week's podcast, we're continuing the series This Kid Doesn't Play! Solutions for Common Problems. This is part 5 in this series. Background Sometimes, despite our best efforts, young children with language delays don’t seem to want to play with us. This situation might look like a “behavior” problem, meaning that the child is purposefully choosing  not to play with  you. That’s not always the case. On this series of shows, I hope I can help you look at these problems from another perspective. In this episode, we're tackling the following problems: 

SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, AGGRESSION, DIFFICULTY WITH TRANSITIONS

Read the full post here.
access_time9 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as we're continuing the series This Kid Doesn't Play! Solutions for Common Problems. This is part 4 in this series. Background: Sometimes, despite our best efforts, young children with language delays don’t seem to want to play with us. This situation might look like a “behavior” problem, meaning that the child is purposefully choosing  not to play with  you. That’s not always the case. On this series of shows, I hope I can help you look at these problems from another perspective. In this show we're discussing the following problems:


Uses an Adult's Hand to Operate Toys (or sign)


Odd, Repetitive, or Self-Stimulatory Behaviors


Throwing Toys Habitually instead of Playing 


A Kid Who is in Constant Motion
access_time9 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she continues part 3 of the series This Kid Doesn't Play Solutions for Common Problems. In today's show we'll be talking about why kids exhibit the following problems and solutions to try:

Prefers TV/Videos/Games to People and Toys

Sensitive to Touch

Uses Parent's Hand to Operate a Toy

Odd or Repetitive Behaviors

You can find a written and expanded version of these ideas in my book Teach Me To Play WITH You.
access_time10 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of www.teachmetotalk.com as she discusses solutions for common problems noted in play with young children who have language delays. 
access_time10 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she provides ideas for handling the most common problems we see during play with toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. Many of these problems stem from sensory processing differences. We'll talk about a few of those and then quickly move on to solutions that work!
access_time11 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses early art activities that are WINNERS for toddlers. Read the full summary here at teachmetotalk.com
access_time12 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she continues the series Selecting Therapy Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers. In this episode, she explains how pretend play develops in toddlers and what to try when that's not happening. Read the written summary here: 
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she continues the series Selecting Therapy Activities for toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. When we match our activities to a child's developmental level and strengths, and strongly consider his likes and even dislikes, we maximize that child's participation and motivation, two very important components of an effective therapy program.

In today's show I'm outlining the 4 steps I use to introduce early pretend play to toddlers. 

See the written post at teachmetotalk.com for the links to toys on Amazon so you can stock up and get ready to play! 
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses using sensory activities with toddlers and preschoolers who are late talkers. Listen for specific therapy ideas as well as how to use those toys to promote language. See the written post here. 
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she continues the series Selecting Therapy Activities for toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. When we match our activities to a child's developmental level and strengths, and strongly consider his likes and even dislikes, we maximize that child's participation and motivation, two very important components of an effective therapy program. In this show we're discussing how to target receptive and expressive language goals with toys. See the written post at teachmetotalk.com for the links to toys on Amazon so you can stock up and get ready to play! 

VOCABULARY BUILDING ACTIVITIES

The next category of play is vocabulary building activities. These activities require more attention and are great for targeting both receptive and expressive language. Kids are ready to bump up to this kind of play when they understand how toys work and can stay with you and include you during play for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses the guidelines for choosing therapy activities for toddlers. Today she's giving specific toy and therapy ideas... you don't want to miss it! See the written summary and links for the toys here.
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com for this week's show. We'll continue with Part 2 of the podcast series I started last week explaining the guidelines I use to select therapy activities for toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. But usually, there's a lot more going on than that... or at least there should be. The activities we use with late talking children can significantly enhance the progress we see. When we match our activities to a child's developmental level and strengths, and strongly consider his likes and even dislikes, we maximize that child's participation and motivation,  two very important components of an effective therapy program. Listen here for the hierarchy of therapy activities that I've found works for very young children with language delays and disorders.
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses ways to help parents and professionals teach toddlers to understand and use language. 

Planning ANYTHING for toddlers can be a challenge! Selecting effective therapy activities is even more tricky! How do you know where to begin, especially when it's hard to hold a child's attention?

Over the next few episodes, we'll be talking about guidelines I use for selecting therapy activities for toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. Beyond writing outcomes and setting goals, we need to spend some time thinking about the kinds of tasks that will be effective and engaging for young children. In this show we'll talk about 3 important factors for helping you determine what it is you'll actually do during your time with a child. While it sounds like this is a show primarily for therapists, moms and dads who are committed to working with their own children with delayed language skills can also use these principles!

Factors to Consider When Planning Activities:
Developmental LevelRegulatory LevelChild's Interests and Preferences
If you'd like more information about planning effective therapy sessions, check out Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual. These ideas are outlined in Chapter 10 in that book.

 



     
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric SLP Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com and her guest SLP Monae Maruyama (of Monae's House) who will be sharing her best back to school ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.  
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses issues related to helping parents and professionals teach toddlers to understand and use language. Nothing can be more challenging than to try to get an active toddler interested in reading! In this show, Laura is speaking with SLP and author Teri Kaminski Peterson, M.S., CCC/SLP for her best tips to engage busy toddlers with books. Read the written summary here:

#293  How To Engage a Busy Toddler's Attention with Books
access_time1 year ago
Join speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses how to use daily activities to target language skills in toddlers who are late talkers. Once you understand this treatment hierarchy and philosophy, it's easy to adapt any  toy or daily activity to target exactly where a toddler is struggling in the development of his communication skills. You can't always start by trying to teach a child how to talk! Today we're talking about strategies to use during meals and snack time. Listen. Read the full show summary here.
access_time1 year ago
Join speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses how to use a common toy to target language skills in toddlers who are late talkers. Once you understand the treatment hierarchy and philosophy, it's easy to adapt any toy or daily activity to target exactly where a toddler is struggling in the development of his communication skills. You can't always start with teaching him to say first words! Listen for ideas and read the full summary here.
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she finishes up the podcast series 11 Skills Toddlers MUST Use Before Words Emerge. 


Read the written post on my website here.
access_time1 year ago
Join speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she continues to discuss the 11 skills toddlers must use before words emerge. In this show we're talking about turn taking. Read the full summary here:

 
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses skill #10 in this series - helping a child learn to initiate interaction with others. 


See the full summary here.
access_time1 year ago
Joini pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M. S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she continues our series of the 11 skills a child masters before he begins to talk. On this episode, we'll discuss the importance of imitation and the role imitation plays in teaching a toddler to use words.

Guess what?!? Learning to imitate doesn't begin by telling a child, "Say ___." There are several other steps before we hear a word! Listen for how to make sure you're not missing these important prerequisites. 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com, as she discusses the 11 skills young children use before first words emerge. In this show we're on skill #8 - helping a child learn to become noisy.

 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses the 11 skills toddlers must master before words emerge. Today we're talking about skill #7 - understanding familiar words. SLPs refer to this skill as receptive language, language comprehension, or auditory (hearing) comprehension. Children must understand words before they begin to use words meaningfully. In this show we're talking about the significant role receptive language plays in developing early communication skills. Listen for tips for working with toddlers to make sure they learn to understand familiar words and complete simple requests. Read the full summary at Laura's website teachmetotalk.com. 
access_time2 years ago
Join speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP, of teachmetotalk.com as she continues her series about the 11 skills toddlers achieve before first words emerge. In today's show, Laura discusses the importance of beginning to understand gestures and nonverbal communication as a precursor for developing language skills. 


Read the complete summary for the show at Laura's website here:

#284 Understands Early Gestures
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she discusses how to teach toddlers to play with toys when they don't seem interested or have very few play skills. Read the post for more info at teachmetotalk.com.


 


 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she discusses skills that toddlers must have before words emerge. In today's show we'll be discussing the 5th skill - developing early play with toys. 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she discussed the 4th skill babies and toddlers use before they begin to talk - joint attention. Joint attention builds on the previous skills we've discussed during the last few weeks in this series. Joint attention means that a child can share or shift his attention between objects or events and people. Listen for an in-depth discussion for how joint attention impacts language development and for strategies to improve this skill in young children. 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discussed the 11 skills children use before they begin to talk. Today we're talking about skill #3 - develops an attention span. Here's a recap:


Read the written summary here:


Get the child “warmed up” before he or she can play with us for any length of time. Listen for ideas!


Body-on-body contact can also be very calming and regulating. You can hold a child on your lap, but for more active children who may resist this closeness initially, give them a game to accomplish the same goal. 


For kids who will play for a minute or two with you and then quickly want to leave, use the “one more” rule.   


BEST Advice for Parents for developing an attention span with your child. Keep your little one in close proximity to you all day. Don’t let them stay alone in their rooms or wander around the house, even if it seems like that’s all they want to do. Kids have to be social to talk! That begins by being with other people and learning to like being with other people, most of the time. Take them with you as move to different parts of your home.


For some kids, better attention spans really do begin with "unplugging." While we know that some apps and DVDs can be beneficial for children, overuse of technology is associated with teaching "scan and shift" behaviors.
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she discusses tips for helping a late talker learn to communicate. 

In this fifth show in my series 11 Skills Toddlers Must Use BEFORE Words Emerge, we'll be talking about the second skill:

RESPONDS TO PEOPLE

I can't overemphasize how important this skill is in helping a child learn to communicate. Here's why... Communicating always involves at least 2 people. When a child doesn't routinely respond and interact when you try to talk to him, play with him, or teach him something, it's highly unlikely he's learning.

In my experience, parents first begin to suspect there's a problem with a child's development when he or she seems to ignore other people or avoid contact. Not responding to other people is a core deficit for autism.

The good news is...YOU CAN MAKE IT BETTER!

Using the simple, straightforward tips in this podcast, you'll help a child learn to notice you and eventually, begin to interact with you. Here's the post at teachmetotalk.com for this show.

Need more help? I have a therapy manual designed to teach you how to help a child learn to respond. Here's the link to my book Teach Me To Play WITH You which will give you step-by-step instructions for 50+ different little social games and easy play routines for toddlers who don't consistently respond to other people.

 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M. S., CCC-SLP, as she continues her series 11 Skills a Toddlers Must Use Before Words Emerge. In this episode we're discussing skill #1 - Responds to Things in the Environment. Get ready for specifics! I have activity and toy recommendations as well as how to word goals to be sure you're effectively documenting these developmentally-appropriate strategies for toddlers with significant disabilities.
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she provides a list of the next 6 skills toddlers acquire before they begin to use words to talk. This list may also be a launching point for a conversation with your child's therapist. If you've all been hyperfocused helping a child learn to say new words with no regard for the all of the things that must come first, you may not be addressing the root cause of your child's delay. Again, listen to the show if you'd like more information!
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she provides a list of the first 5 skills toddlers acquire before they begin to use words to talk. 


 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she begins a new series of shows to discuss that skills that children must acquire before they learn to talk and use words meaningfully to communicate. 

While it is true that "All kids develop differently," there's a general pattern of development that children follow before we begin to hear words - whether kids talk late or on time.

In this week's show, we'll begin this series with a brief overview of what happens when a child uses a word and then spend a good portion of the show looking at what's normal regarding vocabulary size from 12 months to 48 months. 

Additionally, we'll review a few red flags that let us know a child is at risk for more than late talking.

For a written summary of today's show, read the post below at Laura's website teachmetotalk.com:

#275 Show Summary

 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of www.teachmetotalk.com as she gives a mom guidance and ideas for working on improving her vocabulary. Mom's questions are below. Since this mom has previously purchased Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual, we'll be elaborating on ideas from the book and giving her specific page numbers for directions. If you have a child who is at the 18 month to 24 month language level but is having a hard time learning to use phrases and seems to say more words than he/she really understands, then this show is for you! 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric SLP, Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP, of teachmetotalk.com as she answers a mom's questions about her 27 month old with autism. 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses ideas for a 3 year old client with autism who does not play with toys. In the last show # #271, we discussed factors that contributed to and created this issue. We began to talk about the treatment strategies we used to help him move toward playing with toys and more importantly, tie those activities to our long term goal for him, which is to communicate. In this week's show I'll finish up by talking about the steps we implemented to target play with toys, as well as his other needs. Read the written summary here:

 
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses ideas for a 3 year old client with autism who does not play with toys. We'll discuss the factors that contribute to and created this issue and the treatment strategies we've used to help him move toward playing with toys and more importantly, tie those activities to our long term goal for him, which is to communicate. 

When I first started talking with his parents about play, their conclusion was: He doesn't like toys. That may be true, but it's not the REAL reason he's not playing. The truth is, he doesn't know how to play with toys. When any of us don't know how to do something, the likelihood that we will actually do it declines greatly. In the show, we'll talk about the steps we implemented to target play with toys, as well as his other needs. Read the written summary here:


http://teachmetotalk.com/2015/10/18/271-ideas-to-try-when-a-toddler-hates-toys/


 
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