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Helping Parents Teach Toddlers To Understand and Use Language
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access_time5 days ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she interviews Floortime and autism specialist Dr. Jennie Trocchio. We'll be discussing the research to support Floortime (It IS evidence-based!!) and a quick review of the levels of DIR/Floortime and this approach vs. other treatment protocols. Read the summary here:
access_time18 days ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares 5 important tips to use when helping toddlers learn to understand and use language. Read the full summary here.
access_time1 month ago
Are you frustrated with a toddler's lack of progress in speech therapy? Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she reviews the reasons a toddler may be stalled. Read the summary here.
access_time2 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S, CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she answers this question from an SLP:I feel like I often go through the steps of working on the 11 prelinguistic skills that you talk about in "let's talk about talking."  The kiddos build up a lot of their play skills and start to use signs and eventually get to single words.  Then, I feel like we plateau.  I have one little girl, specifically, who I'm feeling this way with.  She will be 2 in March.  She was a preemie and was getting OT services before she was transferred to my caseload.  She was a late walker and had some low muscle tone, which the OT addressed and continues to work on.  I was offering consultation services and the OT (who is fabulous) and the Mom (who is very good with follow through) worked on her play skills, imitation, social routines, songs, etc.  She has started using signs and single words.  Mom reports that she uses at least 100 single words spontaneously, but she's not yet combining words into two word phrases.  I've heard her use different nouns, verbs and some adjectives so I know she has a varied vocabulary.  But she won't attempt to imitate a two word phrase, yet she readily imitates single words.  Am I expecting too much too fast?  I feel like she has enough of the necessary skills to combine words, but she just isn't doing it yet.  Listen for my explanation and tips!
access_time2 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she and her guest discuss a common question among pediatric SLPs should I try oral alerting activities with this kid or not? Read our email conversations and then listen as we "think out loud" for this little guy! Here's the written summary
access_time2 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she follows up with an SLP from show #329. She's working with a little girl who runs away anytime she or her mom try to join her in play - even when it's something she likes. There have been positive changes in only a month! Listen to see what recommendations from the first show have made the difference! Read the summary here:
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she follows up with an SLP from show #325 about how those ideas worked!
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she replies to questions from therapists about what to include in a first meeting with a family. Here are her specific questions  

- Do you do a case history?

- Do you do a Rossetti to find their skill level or do you primarily focus on interviewing the parent about your 11 prelinguistic skills?

- do you do any hands on assessment with the child or mainly parent report?

- Do you try to start therapy in that session so the parent has something to go away with?

- how long does your first session usually go for - 45 mins/1 hour/ or longer? Or do you do diagnostic intervention and work it out over 5 - 6 weeks?

- Do you always write a report with your assessment results?

Listen for my answers!
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize of teachmetotalk.com as she answers questions from listeners including these: 
a mom of a kindergartener who has an autism diagnosis asks how to get her to play with her sister and other children as well as answer questions related to her day.an SLP wants ideas for small groups of 4 preschoolers who are functioning at younger developmental levels.
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she addresses a hodge podge of questions including how often to play social games in a session, how much money do you spend out of pocket on clients, and how much time should parents be spending on "speech" at home. I'm also beginning the show with a great email from a mom who explains why she thinks parents may not follow through with recommendations. I hope you'll join me!
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she answers an SLP's questions about a little client who runs away frequently whenever she and mom try to join her for play. Here's her question  I am currently seeing a 23-month-old girl who doesn't have a diagnosis. She is starting to vocalize purposefully. She does make some playful noises like sh, panting like a dog and eating and drinking sounds when feeding her babies. According to mom, she will inconsistently follow directions. Mom has been working on body parts, specifically her belly. As of now, she is not pointing to her belly. She was pointing to her eyes, but now she is not. Mom has been using physical assistance to help her point which she does not like at all!! She is beginning to imitate play routines like feeding her babies. She is receiving therapy from a special instructor for play. I completed your 11 skills checklist with mom and this little girl needs work on play, receptive language, imitation, attention, joint attention and turn taking. The biggest need that I see is her attention. I am constantly redirecting her attention back to activities. Even if she begins an activity and I join in to lengthen it, she is off to something else. Using physical assistance sometimes helps her to stay with an activity longer. She even runs away from activities that she seems to love like peek a boo. She smiles and laughs when we play, but she runs away as soon as I give her an inch!! Interestingly enough, when mom is with her, her attention is better. However, when mom or I join in her play, it’s almost like her job is done and she shuts off. Mom shrugs this off as her being stubborn. I don’t think stubborness has anything to do with it. Neither do I!
access_time4 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she answers this mom's question:  I know that children find it easiest to say certain sounds first. What are those sounds? For a child who is only saying a few words is it best to try and help them say words formed from certain consonants and vowels? What words do you suggest it is best to first work on with a child who hardly says any words? In this podcast, we're discussing the factors to consider when thinking of vocabulary selection for your work with late talkers!
access_time4 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses a very common situation SLPs and other therapists find themselves in with toddlers. Read her original question here and listen for my ideas for what I use when this happens!
access_time4 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP for a follow up show to #322. Six weeks ago, I walked an SLP mom of nonverbal 4.5 year old through the 11 skills toddlers master before words emerge. During that show, we identified some new areas of focus for her to try at home with him. At the end of the show, I asked her if she'd be willing to come back on periodically to talk about his progress. Today is the first follow up to that show. Listen as we update his progress and determine where to go from here. Even though you're listening to child-specific details, you can take this information and apply it to your own situation. If you're a therapist, this is how you follow up with parents with how things are going at home - especially if you're using a consultative model and aren't doing lots of direct treatment. I've never met this family in person so you should be able to get even better results if you're actually SEEING a child and parents! If you're a parent, listen carefully to the questions I'm asking this mother and answer them for yourself. Then apply the same concepts - even if your circumstances are a little different.
access_time5 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she talks with an SLP about problem-solving ideas for a toddler on her caseload with red flags for autism who is super busy. He's imitating actions now, but no signs or sounds. What are things she can try in sessions and to teach his family to move communication skills forward? Read the full summary here.
access_time5 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she talks about teaching parents the importance of language skills that lead to talking and communicating. This information is from the therapy manual Let's Talk About Talking.
access_time5 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com for a continuation of the last show #322. My guest on that show is a mom whose child is nonverbal with a significant language delay. We walked through the checklist from Let's Talk About Talking and identified areas he needs to strengthen. One of the main things we kept coming back to was his lack of initiation - so this tells us this is a key skill he's missing that could unlock lots of other skills. Listen in as I provide some ideas to get her started working on this important area.
access_time6 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses late talking toddlers. Today's show is a real opportunity for SLPs and other therapists to listen as Laura guides a mom with a toddler who has significant speech-language delays using the treatment model from Let's Talk About Talking to discuss the 11 Skills Toddlers Master Before Words Emerge. Learn how to use the checklist with a mom to determine treatment priorities and make initial recommendations. Read more about this show and the treatment tool Let's Talk About Talking at teachmetotalk.com.
access_time6 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses ways to increase the likelihood that a child will initiate and communicate. Read the post at: http://teachmetotalk.com/2017/11/24/321-can-increase-childs-ability-initiate-choose-prompts/
access_time9 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_time9 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_time9 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_time10 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_time10 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.

 

 

Want to hear more?

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_time11 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_time11 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_time12 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time1 year 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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_time2 years 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.
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