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Helping Parents Teach Toddlers To Understand and Use Language
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Teaching+Expressive+Language+with+Familiar+Toys+to+Toddlers+with+Language+Delays
access_time7 days ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com for this podcast for CE credit for therapists. In this course, learn how to target increasingly complex imitations and spontaneous utterances in young children with expressive language delays/disorders during everyday routines at home like eating, getting dressed, and taking a bath. You'll receive guidance for choosing activities that I've found to be the most consistently successful and easiest to implement with a wide variety nonverbal to minimally verbal toddlers and preschoolers and their parents. Therapists - get 1 hour of CE credit for $5 for this podcast. https://teachmetotalk.com/asha-ceu-co #speechtherapyathome #speechtherapyfortoddlers #autism #speechtherapyideas #ASHACEU #lauramize #teachmetotalk #earlyintervention
%23398+Teaching+Expressive+Language+with+Familiar+Toys
access_time10 days ago
Do you have a child who is not talking? Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com for this podcast for CE credit for therapists. In this course, learn how to use common toys to target increasingly complex imitations and spontaneous utterances in young children with expressive language delays/disorders. You'll receive guidance for choosing activities that I've found to be the most consistently successful and easiest to implement with a wide variety nonverbal to minimally verbal toddlers and preschoolers and their parents. Therapists - get 1 hour of CE credit for $5 for this podcast. See details at teachmetotalk.com - show #398.
%23397+Getting+Started+with+Visual+Supports+with+Toddlers+and+Their+Families
access_time2 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares strategies for introducing visual supports to toddlers and their families.  Learn how to know which kids will benefit from visual supports, how to choose visual supports, as well as when and how to use visual supports. We'll also discuss guidelines for writing simple social stories for very young children with language delays. Therapists - get 1 hour of CE credit for $5 for this podcast. See Show #397 at teachmetotalk.com.
%23396+Prelinguistic+Skill+%2311+Initiates+Interaction+with+Others
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she finishes up the series 11 prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. In this final podcast of the series, we'll discuss the importance of initiation and how to help late talking toddlers learn to take the lead during communicative interactions. Therapists - earn 1 hour of CE credit for $5 for listening to this podcast! See details at teachmetotalk.com, show #396.
%23395+Prelinguistic+Skill+%2310+Uses+Gestures
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she continues her series of the 11 prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. In this show, we'll discuss skill #10, uses gestures. Learn why gestures are an important predictor of language development, 2 pieces of critical EBP concerning gestures for SLPs, and how to teach gestures to toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. Therapists - get 1 hour of CE credit for $5 for this podcast. See details at teachmetotalk.com Show # 0395.
%23394+Prelinguistic+Skill+%239+Imitates+Others
access_time3 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from @teachmetotalk and teachmetotalk.com as she continues the series on prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. In this audio and visual podcast, we'll be discussing skill #9 Imitates Actions, Gestures, Sounds, and Words. This skill is important because imitation is how all children learn to talk. As parents of late talkers, we may begin to teach a child to talk by trying to get them to say words, but kids have to learn how to imitate easier, earlier things - like actions, gestures, and play sounds - before they begin to imitate words. Watch the show for the sequence of teaching imitation and strategies to make it easier for you to teach a child who is having difficulty learning to imitate on his own. Therapists, earn one hour of CE credit for watching this show at teachmetotalk.com. Podcast #394 ASHA Course #0394 Credit available March 15, 2020
%23393+Prelinguistic+Skill+%238+Vocalizes+Purposefully
access_time5 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she continues her podcast series discussing prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. This show reviews the 8th prelinguistic skill vocalizes purposefully. This milestone means that a child understands that he alone can control his own little voice. When I talk about this with parents, I describe this process as becoming “noisy.” All children, whether they talk on time or late, must progress through a phase of vocal play and experimentation so that they gain practice using their voices. Children may be quiet for a variety of purposes. Regardless of the specific etiology, parents should understand that all talking begins with the ability to volitionally produce sound. SLPs should provide parents an explanation of basic speech sound production, including simplified versions of the neurological processes that occur when we vocalize and generate language. Listen to the show for strategies to facilitate more consistent vocalizations in nonverbal toddlers. Therapists get 1 hour of CE credit for this show for only $5. Details at teachmetotalk.com.
%23392+Prelinguistic+Skill+%237+Understands+Familiar+Words+and+Follows+Directions
access_time6 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses prelinguistic (before language develops) skills all toddlers master before they begin to talk on this one hour audio-video podcast. This show is about skill #7 understands familiar words and follows directions. Speech-language pathologists refer to this skill as receptive language or how a child understands what he hears. Kids learn how to understand words before they learn to use words to communicate. When a toddler has difficulty following directions, we know that he will have difficulty learning to talk. Many times parents overestimate what a child truly understands. The ONLY way we know that a child is comprehending is by paying attention to how he responds when we talk to him. If a toddler does not complete verbal requests by 18 months, chances are, he has a receptive language delay. Watch this show for ways therapists and parents can help toddlers improve their receptive language skills. Therapists - get CE credit for this 1 hour course. See details at https://teachmetotalk.com. Find all info on the ASHA CEU page.
%23391+Prelinguistic+Skill+%236+Plays+with+Toys+Appropriately
access_time6 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses prelinguistic (before language develops) skills all toddlers master before they begin to talk on this one hour audio-video podcast. This show is about skill #6 Learning to Play with a Variety of Toys Appropriately. This milestone means that a child explores new toys, likes to play, uses his or her little body to manipulate toys, and is learning through play with lots of different toys. At this developmental level, we’re looking for the most basic kind of functional play with any common toy or very familiar object. This means that a child uses an item in the way it’s intended. We’re not discouraging creativity or free play, but we do want to see that a toddler understands how to use well-known items. Play is important for language development because play is a terrific and developmentally-appropriate way little kids learn (most) everything! Children who don’t play with toys miss vital opportunities to acquire and practice and variety of skill, including language. Research tells us that many times, language is closely linked with a child’s play skills. Therapists - get CE credit for this 1 hour course.https://teachmetotalk.com/asha-ceu-courses/
%23390+Prelinguistic+Skill+%235+Joint+Attention
access_time7 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses the 5th prelinguistic skill all toddlers master before words emerge - joint attention. Therapists - get 1 hour CE credit for this course as teachmetotalk.com. https://teachmetotalk.com/asha-ceu-courses/
388+Prelinguistic+Skill+%233...+Begins+to+Take+Turns
access_time8 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she continues the podcast series Prelinguistic Skills for Toddlers. These are the skills all toddlers master before they begin to use words to communicate. In this show, we're discussing skill #3 takes turns with others. Get 1 hour CE credit for listening to this show for only $5 at teachmetotalk.com.
%23387...11+Prelinguistic+Skills...+%232+Responds+to+People
access_time8 months ago
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 anything! 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. Sometimes parents mis-characterize a child as being stubborn or lazy when the real problem is, he doesn't know how to respond. 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.
386...11+Prelinguistic+Skills...+%231+Reacts+to+Toys+and+Objects
access_time8 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she explains the 11 prelinlinguitic skjills all toddlers master before words emerge. In this show, we're discussing Skill #1 RESPONDS AND INTERACTS WITH THINGS IN THE ENVIRONMENT. Remember that this skill refers to a child's ability to react to sensory information - or things he can see, hear, touch, hold, and manipulate. The kinds of skills we want to facilitate at this phase are alerting, looking, calming, attending, reaching, grasping, holding, mouthing, waving objects, banging, and then  REPEAT!  Here's where we should begin to work with toddlers with severe developmental disabilities and not on teaching them to talk. Why? Because a child who can't do these kinds of things consistently, chiefly alert, react, and interact with things in his or her environment, is not developmentally ready to learn to understand and use words. In this show, I discussed specific activities, ideas, and toys to help improve this area. Remember that this information is best suited for speech therapy for toddlers with severe delays and any young child with a significant developmental disability. As a general guide, this would include children who functioning in the birth to 6 month developmental range. Learning that occurs in this phase happens through exploration with repeated exposure during sensory-enriched experiences. That's a mouthful to say and hard for many parents to understand, so here's how I break it down for the families I see. Our main goal for children who need help to master this first skill is to provide activities to help a child learn to use his senses to explore things in his or her little world. Ideas I recommend for this skill are listed in the post for show #386 at teachmetotalk.com.

Therapists get 1 hour CE credit for this course for only $5! See details here at teachmetotalk.com
%23385+11+Skills+Toddlers+Master+Before+Words+Emerge
access_time9 months ago
Before any toddler begins to talk, he’s mastering a set of 11 distinct skills that develop before we begin to hear words. Let me explain how important these skills are… When any one of these skills is disrupted, there’s possibly a language delay. When several are missing, a stall in language development is inevitable. When a child struggles to attain many of these skills, a long-term communication disorder is likely. In this one hour audio-video podcast, we’ll review the 11 skills so that you can understand the key role each skill plays in language development. By the end of the show, you’ll have a pretty good idea for what you should work on to help any toddler begin to communicate. Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com for this one hour audio and video podcast. Therapists - get 1 hour of CE credit for only $5. See details at https://teachmetotalk.com/asha-ceu-courses/. This information is from my therapy manual Let's Talk About Talking. Read info here: https://teachmetotalk.com/courses/lets-talk-about-talking-a-new-therapy-manual/
%23384+Tips+for+Teaching+Toddlers+to+Point
access_time9 months ago
Join pediatric speech- language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares tips for teaching toddlers with language delays how to begin to point. Listen to the podcast or watch on youtube! Therapists - get one hour ce credit for only $5 for this course! See details here.
%23383+Sign+Language+for+Babies+and+Toddlers
access_time9 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses the benefits of signing with late talking toddlers, the prerequisite skills to make signing successful, and the first 20+ signs to teach. Therapists - get 1 hour CE credit for this show for only $5! See details - show #383 at teachmetotalk.com.
%23382+7+Steps+to+Teaching+Toddlers+Pretend+Play
access_time10 months ago
Becoming symbolic is linked to language development in toddlers and preschoolers. The best way children demonstrate this emerging ability is through pretend play. Many late talking toddlers, particularly those with red flags for autism, have difficulty learning to play. In this one hour audio/video podcast, join Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she explains the 7 steps for teaching pretend play skills to toddlers. See demonstrations with specific toys to walk you through the process. Therapists - get CE credit for listening to or watching this course. Details at teachmetotalk.com podcast #382.
%23381+Jumpstart+Expressive+Language+in+Late+Talking+Toddlers
access_time10 months ago
Join Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses effective strategies for helping late talking toddlers begin to talk. When there are no other developmental  red flags ( meaning a child is socially connected to other people, has an adequate attention span when you try to interact with or play with him, plays with a variety of toys, and understands language well enough to consistently follow directions), here's the method I use TEACH IMITATION! But don't start with words! Begin with actions Introduce gestures Analyze nonverbal actions a child might imitate Get noisy with play sounds Try automatic speech Teach FUNCTIONAL single words Move on to phrases AND discover how to introduce the following traditional speech therapy techniques (modeling, offering choices, withholding, and sabotage) in the correct sequence to maximize success with late talking toddlers. Listen to the show for this hierarchy it works!! Therapists - get CE credit for this course at teachmetotalk.com - podcast #381 - coming soon! Resources mentioned in this show are Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers (a therapy manual for SLPs and other therapists who work in early intervention) Steps to Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers (6 hour course on DVD with ASHA CEUs available) and Early Speech-Language Development: Taking Theory to the Floor (12 hours on DVD with ASHA CEUs available). See teachmetotalk.com for details.
%23380+Teaching+Final+Consonants+and+Brief+Review+of+Diagnoses
access_time10 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses how to improve speech intelligibility in toddlers by teaching them to include final consonant sounds in words. We'll also briefly review speech diagnoses that result in unintelligible speech. Therapists - get CE credit for this course for only $5! See details at teachmetotalk.com - show #380.
%23379+Variety+of+Syllable+Shapes+and+Switching+Vowels+from+Syllable+to+Syllable
access_time10 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses how to improve speech intelligibility in toddlers by teaching them to produce a variety of syllable shapes and switch vowels from syllable to syllable. Therapists - get CE credit for this course for only $5! See details at teachmetotalk.com - show #379.
%23378+Teaching+Vowels+and+Initial+Consonants+to+Improve+Speech+Intelligibility
access_time10 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares 6 priority patterns for targeting speech intelligibility issues in toddlers. These are patterns 2 and 3. Listen to show 377 for pattern 1. This is part 6 in our summer intelligibility series for toddlers. Listen to shows 373 - 378 for the entire series thus far. Therapists - get CE credit for only $5 for this course! See teachmetotalk.com for details.
%23377+Overview+6+Priority+Patterns+%26+Syllableness
access_time11 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S, of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss how to help toddlers improve speech intelligibility. In this show, learn the 6 priority patterns for targeting speech intelligibility in toddlers & discussion of the first pattern.
%23376+How+to+Effectively+Teach+Parents+to+Cue+New+Speech+Sounds+with+Toddlers
access_time11 months ago
In this audio/video podcast and ASHA CEU course, join speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she teaches you how to help a toddler learn to produce new speech sounds using the easy-to-remember tagline “Tell him – Show him – Help him.” This parent-friendly method explains how to use verbal, visual, and tactile cues to improve articulation and speech intelligibility in very young children. You'll also learn practical ways to teach new classes of sounds to toddlers - particularly important for parents of late talkers who want specific "how to" instructions. More detailed information is included in Laura's therapy manual FUNctional Phonology: A Language-Based Approach for Improving Speech Intelligibility in Toddlers and can be found exclusively at teachmetotalk.com. This is part 4 in this series on speech intelligibility in toddlers. Watch show #373, #374, and #375 for background information. Therapists - get CE credit for this course for only $5! Search for show #376 on the ASHA CEU page at teachmetotalk.com.
%23375+Principles+for+Designing+Therapy+Sessions+for+Toddlers
access_time11 months ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares 7 principles for designing therapy sessions for toddlers - especially those working on articulation and speech intelligibility issues.
%23374+Artic+in+Toddlers...+To+Treat+or+Not+to+Treat%3F
access_time12 months ago
How do you know when a toddler, especially a late talking toddler, is ready to work on articulation skills in speech therapy? Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses 7 guidelines for determining developmental readiness for articulation therapy for toddlers. Therapists - get CE credit for this one hour course for only $5! See details at this link:
%23373+5+Factors+Indicating+Significant+Speech+Intelligibility+Issues+in+Toddlers
access_time12 months ago
All little kids can be hard to understand when they are learning to talk. How do you know when a toddler falls outside what's "normal" and may need professional assistance? Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses what research tells us is a significant speech intelligibility problem that requires intervention in toddlers and young preschoolers.
%23372+5+Best+Ways+to+Teach+Nonverbal+Toddlers+to+Imitate
access_time1 year ago
How can you teach a child to talk when he won't imitate what you say? The short answer is, you can't! You have to start somewhere else! We do that by meeting a toddler where he is- that always means making our expectations or goals easier so that a toddler can be more successful. In this one hour audio and video podcast, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares the 5 best ways for teaching nonverbal toddlers to imitate.Read details including how to get CE credit for therapists at teachmetotalk.com at this link.
%23371+Red+Flags+for+Communication+Delays+in+Toddlers...What+to+Do
access_time1 year ago
Not sure where to start working with your toddler who is not talking? In part 2 of this audio and video podcast series, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss how to begin to address 12 red flags in infants and toddlers that indicate problems with the development of communication skills. ASHA CEUs are pending for this course for speech-language pathologists and CE credit for other therapists. Get the handout and check out details at teachmetotalk.com.
%23370+Red+Flags+for+Communication+Delay+in+Infants+and+Toddlers
access_time1 year ago
Not sure if your child has a language delay? In this podcast, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss 12 red flags in infants and toddlers that indicate problems with the development of communication skills. ASHA CEUs are pending for this course. Check out details at teachmetotalk.com.
%23361+Using+Verbal+Routines+with+Toddlers+While+Playing+Outside+This+Spring
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses using verbal routines with toddlers with language delays as you play outside together. Read the full summary here.
%23360+Spring+Speech+Therapy+Activities+for+Late+Talking+Toddlers+and+Preschoolers
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she shares therapy activities to use this spring with late talking toddlers to target a variety of language goals. Read the summary here at teachmetotalk.com.
%23359+Early+Communication+Behaviors+Associated+with+Language+Development
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she reviews 11 preintentional behaviors used by infants that best correlate with the emergence of communication skills. When therapists and parents know what to look for, we can identify missing pieces and target intervention to address these weaknesses. This is evidence-based practice (Cress 2010) and a vital part of assessment and treatment planning for infants and toddlers. Listen to the show or read the written summary.
%23358+Writing+Social+Stories+for+Language+Delayed+Toddlers
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses guidelines for writing social stories for toddlers with language delays. Read the full summary here.
%23357+7+Key+Principles+for+Success+When+Working+with+Toddlers+and+Preschoolers
access_time1 year ago
Hi! I'm pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com  and in this show, I'm sharing 7 key principles for successfully working with toddlers and preschoolers. These 7 nuggets of advice will help you no matter what communication skill you're trying to teach - whether you're focused on helping a young child learn to use more words, follow directions, begin with an AAC device, or improve speech intelligibility. Actually, these principles work when you're trying to teach a toddler ANYTHING. Listen and read the full post here.
%23356+Selecting+Goals+for+Minimally+Verbal+Kids
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathogist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she talks with a mom (who is also an SLP) about setting goals for her minimally verbal preschooler. This mom was on the show #322 last year if you'd like to listen for background info and then more recommendations (especially for working on initiation) in follow up show #323.
%23355+How+to+Cue+New+Speech+Sounds+with+Toddlers
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses ways to cue toddlers as they learn new speech sounds. This information is from my therapy mnaual FUNctional Phonology.
%23354+When+a+Child+Does+Not+Imitate+Words+Consistently+and+Frequently
access_time1 year ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss what to do when a toddler does not imitate words consistently. This is a very common problem with late talkers, and the solution is always the same, but a little counterintuitive. Instead of teaching them something new, we actually have to BACK UP to what a child can already (kind of) do - rather than tackling the immediate goal. Most of the time, late talkers are NOT developmentally ready to begin working at the word level - that's the problem! We have to use different strategies and it varies from child to child depending on what they can already do. Listen to the show for ideas!
%23352+Speech+Intelligibility+in+Toddlers
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss speech intelligibility in toddlers including what's normal, red flags that indicate a toddler's speech issues need intervention, diagnoses related to decreased speech intelligibility, and six priority patterns to target to improve a young child's ability to be understood. Today's show is an overview of my newest therapy manual FUNctional Phonology.  Get yourself a copy of this book to learn how to treat toddlers who are difficult to understand.
%23351+More+Expressive+Language+Strategies
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses effective techniques to treat expressive language delays in toddlers. This is a continuation from show #350 when we talked about the imitation hierarchy I use to address language delays in toddlers. Now we're going to  "sandwich" that information with what to try when a child is not ready for that protocol AND how to move on to phrases. Listen for some fantastic strategies!! Read the post here.
%23350+Effective+Strategies+for+Jumpstarting+Expressive+Language+in+Toddlers
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses effective techniques to treat expressive language delays in toddlers. When there are no other developmental red flags (like decreased interest in social interaction, increased activity level and super short attention span, won't play with toys, does not follow directions), here's the method I use. Teach Imitation! Begin with actions with objects Introduce gestures Analyze nonverbal actions a child might imitate Get noisy Begin exclamatory words/play sounds Try automatic speech Teach FUNCTIONAL single words Move on to phrases. Listen to the show for this hierarchy it works!!

Read the entire post at teachmetotalk.com:
%23349+Top+Strategies+to+Target+Receptive+Language+During+Everyday+Routines
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares top strategies for helping toddlers learn to understand words and follow directions during daily routines. Resources mentioned during the show can be found at this link:
%23347+Strengthening+Social+Connections+in+Everyday+Routines
access_time2 years ago
In this week's show, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com we're continuing the topic from last show #346 for using my hierarchy for treating toddlers with speech-language delays/disorders. This week we're discussing ways to improve a toddler's social connectedness with other people - especially his parents at home during everyday routines. First, we'll review red flags for differences in social interaction. Many times parents miss these characteristics in their own children. Many times therapists don't point these out because we either don't recognize them as red flags or we're too afraid of a parent's reaction. We'll talk about that on the show too! Our overall strategies for improving a child's ability to respond to you are:

Consistently respond to him.
Don’t let a toddler “check out” or be alone for long periods of time.
Get eye to eye and face to face!
Don’t force eye contact and interaction – invite it!
Sound fun… less like an adult and more like a kid!
Do what a toddler likes.
Play, play, play…and then play some more!
Limit distractions when you’re working on responding.
Be the toy!
Avoid power struggles.
Lavish love!
Be persistent in your attempts to join him.
Reward a child’s efforts to respond to you.

Final review… what “counts” as responding? Remember - Your #1 goal is INTERACTION! Listen for ways to work on social skills in everyday routines!


Try activities that involve Movement, Music, Sensory Experiences, Social Games
%23346+Teaching+a+Child+To+Connect+and+Respond+During+Everyday+Activities
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she walks through goals during everyday routines. Today we'll be discussing the first part of "I Need a Plan" for social skills with ideas forhow to help a child learn to respond and connect in lots of ways throughout the day.
%23345+Water+Play...+Using+the+Framework+for+Treating+for+Late+Talking+Toddlers
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discusses how to use a framework for treating late talking toddlers during a fun activity for toddlers - water play! Here's the written summary from last week's show if this framework is new for you or scroll back and listen to show #344!  We'll also begin with a question from a mom that's fantastic - what to do when your child isnt' getting along with his therapist!
%23344+I+Need+A+Plan%21+Using+a+Framework+to+Determine+Priorities+for+Late+Talkers
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she discussed the framework she uses to design treatment plans for toddlers with speech-language delays.
%23343+Lessons+I+Learned+This+Week
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she discusses lessons she learned thsi week volunteering in a new summer program with toddlers. Read the summary here:
%23342+Follow+Up+for+Little+Girl+Who+Runs+Away+%28from+Shows+%23334+and+%23329%29
access_time2 years ago
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she talks with SLP Kendra about the progress a busy 2 year old on her caseload. Originally, the little girl demonstrated escape/avoidance behaviors even when she seemed to like an activity. (Listen to show #329.) After some adjustments to the approach and goals, she began to participate for longer periods and started to use a few words (Listen to show #334). Today we're seeing what other changes have occurred since our last update!
%23340+Floortime...+Evidence-Based+and+Effective+for+Treating+Toddlers+with+ASD
access_time2 years 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:
%23339+Tips+for+Talking+To+Toddlers+with+Language+Delays
access_time2 years 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.
%23337+Why+Isn%27t+This+Working%3F+Reasons+Expressive+Progress+Stalls
access_time2 years 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.
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