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November 8, 2019
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/
November 1, 2019
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize of teachmetotalk.com as she provides recommendations for extending a toddler's attention span. See teachmetotalk.com for more details including CE credit for therapists!
October 12, 2019
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.
October 5, 2019
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.
September 28, 2019
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
September 14, 2019
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/
September 7, 2019
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.
August 30, 2019
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.
August 25, 2019
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.
August 21, 2019
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.
August 12, 2019
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.
August 2, 2019
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.
July 26, 2019
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.
July 24, 2019
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.
July 13, 2019
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.
July 9, 2019
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.
June 15, 2019
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:
June 10, 2019
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.
May 31, 2019
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.
May 28, 2019
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.
May 18, 2019
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.
April 13, 2019
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.
April 5, 2019
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.
March 22, 2019
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.
March 9, 2019
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.
February 8, 2019
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.
January 25, 2019
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist 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. We discussed ideas for helping him increase use of his AAC device, find more toys he can play with, increase motor planning, and add more words using his emerging (but limited) repertoire of speech sounds. Listen now!
January 16, 2019
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. In this show we're using the tag line "Tell him - Show him - Help him" to explain to parents how to use verbal, visual, and tactile cues to teach a toddler a new speech sound. More detailed information about these kinds of cues is included in my therapy manual Functional Phonology, exclusively on sale at teachmetotalk.com.
December 28, 2018
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!
November 19, 2018
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.
November 9, 2018
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.
October 26, 2018
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:
October 12, 2018
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:
September 27, 2018
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
September 19, 2018
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.
July 27, 2018
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!
July 20, 2018
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.
June 15, 2018
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:
June 1, 2018
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!
May 24, 2018
Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com with ABA therapist Jessica to discuss a simple method for analyzing a child's behaviors that don't seem to make sense. Read a summary of the show:
May 18, 2018
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:
May 5, 2018
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.
April 9, 2018
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.
April 2, 2018
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! Read the written summary here at my website.
March 23, 2018
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...
March 16, 2018
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:
March 7, 2018
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 the ideas they discussed on that show worked for him! We also discussed another child who is using around 200 words, but only to label familiar items and other nonfunctional words like shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. What's the next short-term goal for kids like that? How can she move him toward using those words to communicate? Listen to find out!
March 1, 2018
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!
February 23, 2018
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.
February 16, 2018
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!
February 9, 2018
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!
February 2, 2018
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!
January 24, 2018
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!  I work a lot with children under 3 (ASD& late talkers). I keep running into the same problem.  I start with Hanen and parent education regarding same.  Parents generally like the social interaction it can bring. Then I work on imitation skills with toy's or motor movements. I also work on task completion. AFTER this I get stuck. Parents want therapy weekly/ every second week. Kids are often saying a few words, but we seem to be doing the same things going nowhere. During Hanen kids play with same toys often silent despite my efforts (playing own agenda). Kids won't imitate words and parents are frustrated as they have heard their child say the word in the past. Usually lack of motivators and parent reluctance rules out PECS. I would be so grateful for any advice or product recommendations for this dilemma.  I am beginning to lose faith at this stage.  http://teachmetotalk.com/2018/01/24/326-help-im-stuck-kinds-kids/
January 14, 2018
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.
January 4, 2018
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.
December 29, 2017
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.
December 11, 2017
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.
December 2, 2017
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.
November 24, 2017
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/
September 7, 2017
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!
September 1, 2017
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 or cut and paste into your browser: http://teachmetotalk.com/2017/09/01/319-games-car-late-talking-toddlers/
August 19, 2017
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.
August 3, 2017
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:
July 19, 2017
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!
June 29, 2017
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
June 15, 2017
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!
May 26, 2017
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.
May 13, 2017
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.
May 2, 2017
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.
April 14, 2017
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.
March 26, 2017
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:
March 17, 2017
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.
March 11, 2017
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 Read the full post here.
February 24, 2017
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
February 16, 2017
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.
January 19, 2017
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.
January 13, 2017
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!
December 14, 2016
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
December 1, 2016
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.
November 19, 2016
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!
November 11, 2016
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.
November 5, 2016
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.
October 21, 2016
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.
October 14, 2016
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.
October 7, 2016
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.
September 4, 2016
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.
September 2, 2016
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
August 26, 2016
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.
August 19, 2016
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.
August 12, 2016
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.
August 5, 2016
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:
July 29, 2016
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.
June 25, 2016
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.
May 13, 2016
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.
May 5, 2016
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.
April 29, 2016
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
April 8, 2016
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.
April 1, 2016
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.
March 25, 2016
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.
March 18, 2016
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.
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