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“Discover The Best Approach To Teach Your Toddler To Talk”

PARENTS – ARE YOU FRUSTRATED TRYING TO TEACH YOUR TODDLER TO TALK?
ARE OTHER CHILDREN HIS AGE ASKING FOR WHAT THEY WANT AND NEED – WHILE HE CAN ONLY CRY?

Maybe the “experts” tell you everything’s fine. But you can’t get past that nagging feeling that things should be getting better. And they just…aren’t.

As a parent, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching your precious baby struggle to learn to communicate. While friends’ and relatives’ toddlers are all saying “Mama” and “ball” and even forming simple sentences, your child can only cry in frustration, locked away from the world of words that should to be opening up for her.

You can’t help feeling embarrassed, or jealous, or even angry. Why YOUR child? Why does it have to be so hard?

You would give anything for your baby to be able to ask for help when he needs it, or tell you he loves you when he snuggles close.

Everyone tells you, “Oh, she’ll talk when she’s ready.” Even the pediatrician insists there’s nothing seriously wrong. But you KNOW your child. You know she WANTS to communicate. You see her trying. You know she’s ready now.

But no matter how hard you try to help her, the words don’t come.

Maybe your child is seeing a speech therapist. But it’s hard when the techniques the therapist tells you to use at home are too hard and too complicated for you – let alone your toddler!

I want to tell you right now, the problem is not you.

And it’s not your child.

The problem is simply that you don’t have the simple, easy to understand tools you need to help your child communicate.

Until now.

Right now, TODAY, there IS something you can do. Without letting another painful, frustrating, heartbreaking day go by.

BECAUSE FINALLY, THERE’S AN EASY, FUN, NO-TEARS METHOD THAT’S PROVEN TO HELP TEACH YOUR TODDLER TO TALK.

It’s called Teach Me To Talk, and take it from a mother who’s been there – it’s just amazing.
The Teach Me To Talk DVD is packed with strategies that will unlock that beautiful voice your child has locked away inside. And best of all, these strategies are PROVEN to be simple to learn, easy to apply, and best of all, successful in teaching young children to talk.

Interested in seeing the Teach Me To Talk techniques in action? Here’s a quick preview of the Six Essential Strategies you’ll learn — and a glimpse of the first technique you’ll see:

What makes Teach Me To Talk different?

It was developed by Laura Mize, a pediatric speech-language pathologist who has literally spent thousands of hours and 15 years on the floor, helping toddlers just like yours and mine learn to communicate.

Laura has read stacks and stacks of research on the subject of delayed speech in children. She’s attended more professional courses than you can count. She’s taken the best of the best from all the “experts” in language development.

And she’s condensed all those years of learning and experience and trial and error into a single DVD, with the six most simple, most practical, MOST EFFECTIVE strategies to get your child talking. And best of all, you can start using them the minute you start watching the DVD.

“Thank you so much for this DVD! Our 3 and a half year old son has apraxia and only has 10-12 clear words. When I first started watching this DVD, I wondered if I could ever be that animated. About 5 minutes into the DVD, my son walked into the room and was instantly fascinated. He sat with me and watched the rest with me! His reaction was truly amazing, and our speech therapy will never be the same again! The most amazing thing to me, though, was how my son interacted with you! During the 90 minute video he “got” two new words: choo choo and boom. He also tried to say “pull” and “barn,” and learned the sign for fish. Twice he signed “give me” and then touched a toy you were playing with, and every time you tried to get a child to say a word he knows, he would say it with you.” Robyn, mother from Wyoming

How wonderful would it feel to hear your child say “Mama?”

You’ve been waiting for that moment since he was born and you first held him in your arms. But as the months have dragged by, you may have started to lose hope that you will ever communicate with your baby – to hear what he wants, what he needs, what he feels.

And even if your toddler can say a few words, is it taking longer for her to communicate than other children her age? Are you constantly trying to interpret what you think she might be saying, or asking for?

Maybe both of you are ending up in tears.

“[When I watched the DVD] I felt like I was reliving my son’s life for the past 1 1/2 years now. It was a little sad in some ways, but on the other hand if I concentrate on where he is now and how far he’s come, it’s positive…..” Holly, mother from New Hampshire

 

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The Secret is Simple…Change Your Approach!

Of course you’ve been trying to teach your child to talk. It’s what parents do. But if what you’re doing hasn’t been working, the solution is simple.

Change your approach.

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what that can possibly mean when you’ve tried EVERYTHING. The problem is, you’ve probably tried without really knowing what to do, or how to do it.

This DVD will change everything. Because a lot of the time, it’s not what you do, but HOW you do it. Teach Me To Talk will lay out step by step, in easy-to-follow terms, exactly what you can and should be doing to help your baby learn to talk.

“I know for a fact that Laura’s approach really does work because I’ve been using it for years myself! Don’t be afraid to copy exactly what she says, how and when she says it! It is not hard and can become second nature to you, just as it has to me. By implementing her approach, you will set the stage for both you and your child to be successful!” Kate, Developmental Interventionist, Kentucky

If your child has a language delay, no doubt you’ve heard it all. There’s always the well-meaning friend who tells you “Boys talk later than girls.” Or the mother-in-law who tells you to “Wait and see” (while you worry what she’s saying about your parenting skills behind your back).

The fact is, the most critical time for language development in a child is from birth through age three. So if you feel in your heart that something’s not right, you’re probably on to something. You know your child.

Most parents of children with language delays regret that they waited to do something. The good news is, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT ANY LONGER.

Teach Me To Talk will show you a better, easier way to do things. Things you can do RIGHT NOW, at home, that will help your child learn to talk. It’s all about learning a new and better way of working with your child.

After all, as a parent, you are the most important teacher your child will ever have.

“Just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with your video. I just received it five days ago and I’ve watched it every morning to gear up for working with my daughter each day and I have to tell you what a difference it has made! My daughter has been in therapy for a year and a half (she’s 31 months) and she would often run from me during our “play” sessions…finally, after only five days, she is starting to think that her mommy is fun during playtime! Thank you for giving me a way to really connect with my daughter on a new level. This video is priceless.” Helen

“I do think the video will be very helpful for parents with late talkers. The ideas are great, and you really do show them how to do the things you are talking about which is very important…..” Holly, mother from New Hampshire

Secrets Your Speech Therapist Hasn’t Told You (or might not even know!!!!)

“Even when weekly therapy reports indicated a great deal of progress, we weren’t always seeing that progress at home. The Teach Me To Talk DVD has dramatically changed the number of words we hear. Seeing the techniques you use, and seeing how easy they are to incorporate in to our daily routines has been a blessing. I can get so many words and even phrases out of my both my toddlers by incorporating playfulness in to our daily activities. As a working mom, I’ve always felt as if I’m not as active in my children’s therapy as I should be. You DVD is finally helping me make that connection. Thank you so much for such a fantastic tool!” Stephanie, Mother from Kentucky

Speech therapy is a specialized skill – that’s why speech therapists charge hundreds – even thousands — of dollars for their services. But the very same techniques they use can be SIMPLIFIED, so that you can use them at home.

Teach Me To Talk will teach YOU how to use the very best, most effective techniques speech therapists charge hundreds of dollars for. Watch and learn as these techniques are explained in plain language so that you can use them at home. Then, see each technique in action.

And you won’t just see how it works with one child, but with 20 different toddlers, all with different personalities and challenges. You’ll be amazed and inspired by their progress as each and every one of them learns to talk – just like your child can with the Teach Me To Talk DVD.


“The DVD brought tears to my eyes (not your goal I’m sure, but there you go!). Each strategy you used - reminded me of my child. It is amazing how simple techniques (most of which we take for granted) can help a non-verbal child become verbal. Another thing I learned from my experience with being a mom, a pediatrician, having your guidance and the DVD - is that language, talking, speech, and articulation involve SO many other aspects of development.”
Ranjana, pediatrician and mom from Ohio

If your child is a late talker, you’ve probably read dozens of parenting books and looked for advice on the internet. But when you apply it to YOUR child, it doesn’t always make sense.

Do you try to do what the “experts” say, but find it just doesn’t work with your child?

The secret isn’t just knowing WHAT to do, but WHY you need to do it, and better yet, seeing exactly HOW to do it. Teach Me To Talk unlocks those secrets.

“The DVD was quite different from what I expected - in a good way. I hardly expected to see so much one-on-one with the kids, and it was great!” Kristyn, mother from New Hampshire
”The DVD is great! I wish I had had this when we first started down the path with Gabe who has been diagnosed with apraxia.”
Julie, mother from Illinois

View It — Then Do It!

You don’t have to read another book. You don’t have to make time for a class. All you need is a TV and a DVD player – you can watch and learn at your own pace, in your own time, in your own home.

And your child can be right there with you while you learn!

“I recently watched a DVD that has been advertised on this site called Teach Me to Talk, by Laura Mize, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. The DVD was 90 minutes long and taught six strategies to teach your child to talk.

It is aimed at toddlers who are delayed in speech…..which is how I will use it. It has tons of video of the speech therapist actually working with children! This was so informative. Laura Mize explains what she is doing while showing actual video of her working with children with delays! These are things you can incorporate in every day interaction with your child. I finished watching the video feeling like I could really teach my child to talk!

From the time I first learned Sophie had autism, I have wanted to see what a speech therapist actually did while working with a child. I desperately want to homeschool Sophie, but until now I have been in the dark about what the experts do to get children to talk. Now I have video examples to work with.

I watch this video with my 3 children in the room, and my daughter Sophie, was actually playing along with the video! I highly recommend this video for anyone who has a child with delayed speech. It is worth every penny.”      Sarah, mother and author of the website www.wakingsophie.com

Teach Me To Talk takes the camera INSIDE therapy sessions with children just like yours. Whatever stage your child is at – if you’re just wondering if there’s a problem, if you’ve already seen a professional or if your child is currently in speech therapy – you’ll see all kinds of children in all kinds of situations.

So you’ll discover the very best techniques to use with YOUR child.

”Seeing these tips ‘in action’ was very beneficial. When you have a child that is language delayed, you want to do as much at home as you can - after all, our children are at home most of all! And this DVD helped me do that.” Kristyn, mother from New Hampshire

All of this…for only $39.99???

It can be expensive teaching your child to communicate.

Conferences that teach parents and therapists cost hundreds of dollars – and take up hours and hours of time.

But the Teach Me To Talk DVD has all the information you need for only $39.99. That’s less than 1/3 the cost of a typical one-day training conference.

And the Teach Me To Talk DVD is packed full of ideas and tips you can use all day, every day as your child learns to communicate. Plus, it’s yours to keep and watch over and over again until you master the techniques.

“I have worked with quite a few speech therapists in my practice as a developmental interventionist. In ten years, I’ve only worked with one that was universally appreciated by parents and young children alike! Thanks to this DVD, you no longer have to live in our county to benefit from Laura Mize’s unique and effective approach. For a minimal investment, she comes live to your living room to demonstrate her highly successful approach to speech and language therapy.” Kate, Developmental Interventionist, Kentucky

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Teach Me To Talk the DVD is now available for an introductory offer of $39.99 plus shipping and handling. This is for a limited time only! Order yours now!  

          
  “A lot of the therapy techniques that you use, some and or all of his therapists have used EXCEPT for a few things. First, your enthusiasm it’s AWESOME!!!!! I have never seen any of my son’s therapists be so upbeat and fun as you were in your video. I wish they had been because I know my son would respond so well to that in therapy. Any time I play with him at home and do some of the things you do with your kids, like tickling them and just being ’silly,’ his whole frame of mind changes and I can usually get him to try whatever it is again at least one more time.” Holly, mother from New Hampshire

Watch how you can learn sign language to help teach your child to communicate.

“I also like the emphasis put on signing with your child. I was very hesitant to do this with my son at first, I was afraid it would hurt his speech development, but it helped him learn that he has to do something to get something, now anytime I hear someone say they are hesitant about signing, I pipe up and tell them to please consider it. What a great DVD! It will be a huge help to other parents like me!” Julie, mother from Illinois


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Get The Must-Have Speech Therapy DVD Recommended For Both Parents and Professionals!

The Teach Me To Talk DVD was especially designed for parents. But the techniques used are equally beneficial for professionals. Anyone who works with young children can learn from these PROVEN, EFFECTIVE techniques, including speech-language pathologists, developmental interventionists, occupational therapists, service coordinators, family therapists, and preschool teachers.

“I think this DVD is a tremendous & invaluable guidance tool for parents, preschool teachers, caregivers, and other therapists (speech, occupational, developmental, etc) and should be used as an accessory aid for anyone involved in early childhood development.” Ranjana, pediatrician and mother, Ohio

”Teach Me to Talk is an easy to watch DVD that empowers parents and caregivers with the “how to” skills to not only promote speech development, but also PLAY. As an occupational therapist, I believe that play is an important “job” for a child, but it requires more interaction from a parent than just watching a child play. Finally, parents have a visual tool that teaches them how to interact and play with their child so that he or she will not only learn to talk but will be on the road to reaching their optimal potential! The techniques are easy to implement, and you will discover playing with your child is actually fun!” Carey White, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist

The Teach Me To Talk program is so effective, university speech pathology programs are already ordering this DVD to train their new grad students! Several state early intervention agencies are also purchasing Teach Me To Talk for their loan libraries to make these proven techniques available to parents and therapists.

Why? Because the experts know—Teach Me To Talk does exactly what it says it does.

”This is an excellent training DVD for parents of late talkers. The strategies that Laura teaches are the same ones she used when working with my son, who has apraxia of speech. My son made incredible progress working with Laura. These strategies are very effective and easy to apply to a variety of speech and Ianguage disorders. I wish all speech therapists possessed this level of knowledge and skill. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I would recommend this DVD to my parents of late talkers. As a Mom of a late talker, I would recommend this DVD to all speech therapists working with children.” Laurie Felty, Speech-Language Pathologist

“I just finished your DVD. It was great! I really got into it and actually found myself taking notes! As a PSC (early intervention service coordinator) it was helpful to see the speech therapy in motion so I can answer some questions from parents. As an OT is was refreshing to see some OT techniques embedded into the speech therapy activities.” Cindy, Louisville, KY

Thank you so much for allowing me to preview your DVD! I will put these techniques into practice myself on Monday morning with my clients! They’re not going to recognize me anymore! I learned so much from watching you provide therapy, and I will never use those same approaches again. This DVD has rekindled my excitement for pediatric speech therapy. I can’t wait for next week to come so I can try them out! One more thing - Why didn’t they teach me this in grad school? Thanks again!” Penelope, Speech-Language Pathologist, Kansas

Even experienced therapists struggle with the challenge of providing therapy that’s developmentally-appropriate for toddlers.

One on hand, it needs to be entertaining enough to hold their attention. But on the other hand, it needs to provide real growth and learning opportunities in order to be “therapeutic.” Teach Me To Talk effortlessly combines the two, illustrating WHAT to do and HOW to do it in a wide range of situations.

”What I especially loved was that it wasn’t just clips of the PERFECT session; you showed us what to do when a kid turned away, or lost interest, or was more difficult to engage (for instance, touching the child or changing their position). Let’s face it, sometimes kids have their own agenda!” Kristyn, mother of a child with apraxia, New Hampshire

The 1 ½ hour Teach Me To Talk DVD is packed with plenty of “HOW TO” examples you can begin using right away with clients in your practice. Learn how to make therapy FUN, how to keep a busy toddler’s attention, and how to select successful and age-appropriate techniques that will lead to SUCCESS for you and your clients.

You’ll see toys that are “winners” with children at various developmental levels from 12-36 months old, watching the kids in action and seeing how the toys work.

“Just watching how my son interacted with the DVD made me a believer in how engaged he will become once it stops being “work” and begins being fun.” Robyn, mother of a 3 year old with a language delay and apraxia, Wyoming

You’ll learn how to use play and food as THE focus for therapy — not just the reward at the end of the session!

“The whole idea of using food during speech is awesome. I will usually reward him with something after therapy especially if his self esteem is a little low that day or he’s just having an off day, but I never thought of buying something to use when working with him, nor have any of his therapists used food ….” Holly, mother of a 3 year old with apraxia, New Hampshire

Teach Me To Talk is packed with essential, must-have tips to make your sessions more natural, more kid-friendly, and most importantly, more effective.

If you are the parent of a young child who has been in speech therapy, you may have already learned the hard way that children don’t necessarily respond to all speech therapists efforts to “teach them to talk”. Despite being well intentioned, far too many speech therapists attempt to implement the same strategies that they use with school- age children or mistakenly believe that young children “choose” not to talk. As a result, young children are frequently frustrated by inappropriate techniques or by speech therapists who have even more “attitude” than they do.” Kate, Developmental Interventionist, Kentucky

Of course, there are plenty of things that just DON’T work with toddlers – and you’ll learn what those are too! Watch here as Teach Me To Talk illustrates a classic example of one of the most common mistakes parents and professionals make when trying to teach a toddler to communicate:

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More feedback….

“I also liked the tips in the “withholding” section. A lot of times, we Moms are instructed to do so (by putting toys out of reach and such), but sometimes it is difficult to judge just how much is too much or how long is too long. You gave easy to understand tip to follow. How to push just far enough to elicit a response, but not so far as to discourage language, or cause too much frustration.” Kristyn, mom from New Hampshire

”I love the part about not ruining the interaction and to keep it going with humor…this is SO important. I can’t tell you how many times I probably lost Gabe in the process of working with him because it was too drill like. The withholding concept is explained perfectly. It was never explained to me as well as you did, I failed to keep it playful and as a result totally killed the communication with Gabe. As you say in the DVD, you will miss the effectiveness and the child won’t learn anything…I plan on trying to keep things much more playful with him from now on when it comes to withholding.” Julie, Mom from Illinois

If you’ve been struggling to help a late talker learn to communicate, there’s no need to wait another day to hear those precious words. Order Teach Me To Talk today – and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, happier relationship with your child tomorrow.

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Read more feedback from parents and SLPs alike -

 

“As members of the medical community and parents of two toddlers who experienced speech delay, we can personally attest to the value and effectiveness of Laura’s instructional video, “Teach Me to Talk.”  The teaching points reinforced throughout the DVD are parent friendly, reproducible, and easy to follow.  Laura repeatedly demonstrates simple and effective techniques that promote language skills, while at the same time emphasizing a fun and engaging environment for both parent and child.”  Jane Rice, RN and Michael Rice, MD

“ Hi Laura. I just finished watching your DVD and am so impressed :) You really did a terrific job putting everything into “parent-friendly” language, and your examples are super. Thanks so much for doing this. I look forward to sharing it with the parents in our practice. By the way, I am working on a 3rd edition for my “Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know” book, and I will definitely include your DVD and website. You have so much great information on there.” Patti Hamaguchi, Speech-Language Pathologist and Director, Hamaguchi & Associates, Cupertino, CA  

“I have been a Speech and Language Pathologist for 12 years, and I have worked in the early intervention for the last 2 years.  In my quest to provide the best services I could for the children I worked with, I scoured the internet looking for therapy tips.  I hit a gold mine when I found Laura Mize’s Teach Me to Talk website.  Her website has wonderfully informative articles, but being the visual person that I am, it was even more helpful to see her therapy techniques in action.  The Teach Me to Talk DVD is a valuable tool for anyone looking for hands on ideas to help develop speech and language skills for toddlers, and it is an especially valuable tool for those in the profession.  No matter if you are a seasoned pro or a grad student; you will surely find many helpful tips and ideas to make the most of your therapy sessions with toddlers.  The DVD does a great job of putting the information into very simple and easy to understand steps.  I also found it helpful that Laura did not just show the sessions where “everything” goes perfect, because in the real therapy world it often does not.  Her DVD includes several clips that show you how to playfully re-direct those “little angels” when they might not be at their “toddler best.”  This is really a wonderful tool, and I will be recommending the DVD not only to my early intervention parents, but also to the other early intervention speech therapist I know.”  Yvonne Smith, Speech and Language Pathologist MS, CCC-SLP, Sacramento, California

 

“The DVD was quite different from what I expected - in a good way. I hardly expected to see so much one-on-one with the kids, and it was great!”
–Kristyn, mother from New Hampshire

 

“The DVD brought tears to my eyes (not your goal I’m sure, but there you go!). Each strategy you used - reminded me of my child. It is amazing how simple techniques (most of which we take for granted) can help a non-verbal child become verbal. Another thing I learned from my experience with being a mom, a pediatrician, having your guidance and the DVD - is that language, talking, speech, and articulation involve SO many other aspects of development.”
–Ranjana, pediatrician and mom from Ohio

 

“Just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with your video. I just received it five days ago and I’ve watched it every morning to gear up for working with my daughter each day and I have to tell you what a difference it has made! My daughter has been in therapy for a year and a half (she’s 31 months) and she would often run from me during our “play” sessions…finally, after only five days, she is starting to think that her mommy is fun during playtime! Thank you for giving me a way to really connect with my daughter on a new level. This video is priceless.” 
–Helen

 

“Even when weekly therapy reports indicated a great deal of progress, we weren’t always seeing that progress at home. The Teach Me To Talk DVD has dramatically changed the number of words we hear. Seeing the techniques you use, and seeing how easy they are to incorporate in to our daily routines has been a blessing. I can get so many words and even phrases out of both my toddlers by incorporating playfulness in to our daily activities. As a working mom, I’ve always felt as if I’m not as active in my children’s therapy as I should be. You DVD is finally helping me make that connection. Thank you so much for such a fantastic tool!” 
–Stephanie, Mother from Kentucky

 

” I loved your first DVD Teach Me To Talk, but I think I enjoyed Teach Me To Listen and Obey even more! The way you presented the information made it very easy to understand. My child does have some difficulty understanding what’s said to him, but I never thought it could be the reason he doesn’t seem to listen to me. Thank you for letting me watch this because now I know how to help him better. ” —–Andrea, Mother from Chicago, Illinois

“The discipline information alone would be worth the money to buy the whole set.”  Kathleen, mother of son with speech delay from Florida  

“As a father, I want my son to mind me. Until I watched your video I didn’t realize that he didn’t understand words. Thank you for showing me that.” Jason, Father from New Jersey

“This is a great DVD set for teaching parents how to view receptive language delays. I’m a developmental therapist, and I learned several new things that I will be thinking about as I work with my clients in my state’s program.”  Margaret, therapist from Pennsylvania

 


 

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  1. Laura I just wanted to say what a great job you did producing this DVD. We ordered ours last week and have watched it three times already! We have begun to use playfullness and sign language and are already seeing results with our autistic son. You are obviously a pro at theary and you demonstrate this very well and in a very easy to learn format. Let me say thanks again for such a wonderful tool! David Weaver

  2. Can you recommend a dvd for children over the age of 4 that still has echolalia. I noticed your dvd is mainly for children under 3.

    Thanks!

  3. Kyle - We have two more days of filming for Teach Me To Listen (and Obey) The DVD. This DVD focuses on language comprehension with a whole section on teaching kids to understand and answer questions - particularly important for kids with echolalia. It should be released in early September (we’re using a new FASTER production company), so look for it then! Laura

  4. Laura-my daughter is 2.5 years old, has autism, and has just begun to talk. She responded with great enthusiasm to your DVD and is vocalizing the entire time she watches it. She has also picked up the sign language much faster from the DVD than she does in person. I realize that you intended this production to be for parents and caregivers to learn the techniques you demonstrate but I really wanted to let you know my daughter is responding to YOU!!!

    We have all the videos produced for children but yours is the one that is giving us the results we long for, and you didn’t even intend it for that.

    Thanks for giving my daugther the gift of communication.

  5. Robyn - Thank you so much for the update from the DVD! I LOVE hearing from moms and dads whose children have responded so well to the DVD! You made my day (week, month, and YEAR)! This is why I do this job! Thanks again!!! Laura

  6. Help. I’d like to order your DVD for use with students, but need to have a more traditional means to order through our business office. I tried to print the order form from the web, but got only the Google sign-in instructions.

  7. Judy, I sent you and email with details. Thank You!!!!

  8. I am contacting you for information for ordering your DVD to use with my graduate clinicians. Is there a way for me to order multiple copies and with a purchase order? Please respond via e-mail. Thank you!

  9. I sent you an e-mail with details. Thanks so much for asking! Laura

  10. Hi Laura,
    Just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with your video. I just received it five days ago and I’ve watched it every morning to gear up for working with my daughter each day and I have to tell you what a difference it has made! My daughter has been in therapy for a year and a half (she’s 31 months) and she would often run from me during our “play” sessions…finally, after only five days, she is starting to think that her mommy is fun during playtime! Thank you for giving me a way to really connect with my daughter on a new level. This video is priceless.
    Helen

  11. Helen - I am soooooooo glad you liked the DVD! I LOVE how you’re using it by watching it for a few minutes just before you play and do your “home” therapy. That’s a great idea, and I am going to suggest this to listeners next week on my show since we’ll be finishing up discussing the strategies used in the DVD. Thanks so much for writing! I LOVE to hear from parents who are getting good results from the DVD! Laura

  12. Laura-

    Just watched your clips from your dvd and I was thinking about ordering it!?? It looks great, but I was wondering if it will work with my 33 month old son who was just diagnosed with phonological processing disorder?? Would love to know what you think??

    Sincerely, Mother of 2

  13. Cacy - The DVD is filled with strategies and tips to help children develop language skills. Since he’s just been diagnosed with phonological disorder, does that mean his language (vocabulary, phrase length, early grammar) is age-appropriate, and he’s just working on speech intelligibility?

    At 33 months for his language to be age-appropriate, he should be talking in 3-5 word phrases and sentences all of the time, have more words than you can count, ask and answer questions, and really participate in conversations with you.

    If it’s BOTH issues (phonological disorder AND language delay), I’d definitely recommend the DVD now since you actually need to make sure his language is age-appropriate before focusing too much on his speech sound production skills.

    If it’s just articulation due to the phonological disorder, I’d probably wait and get our 3rd DVD which is going to specifically address intelligibility issues due to apraxia and phonological disorders. HOPEFULLY it’ll be out in late October/early November.

    Either way - thanks for asking! Laura

  14. Thank you so much for responding! I will be talking to our speech therapist and clarifying what we need to be focusing on first. Either way I will be using your dvd to help my son. It looks great and all the positive feedback is reassuring!! Thanks so much!

    Cacy

  15. Laura,

    I have spent the last two days reading every kernel of knowledge on your site! I have a little guy turning 3 in a couple weeks. He has been in speech therapy for almost 9 months and I was that parent who everyone treated like I was worrying about nothing, but I just KNEW he was getting frustrated and having trouble (he is the youngest of 3 so I knew I was right). I got him into EI services right at 2 and taught him signs myself. In 4 weeks he had learned 45-50 signs and within a few weeks after that was using them spontateously and even starting to combine them! This told me he was not delayed in his head…it was just getting the words out that was the problem. So…I think it’s a mild apraxia as he now has many words or approximations. He doesn’t grope for words or mess them up..once he has a word he has it and uses it but he has trouble with words that are more than one or two easy syllables and he has only a handful of two word phrases. I was wondering, what tools you recommend at home? Do you have a video that would help with where he is at? I will be loosing my EI therapist at age 3 and the elementary school is putting him in a small (6 students at a time) pre-school taught by an SLP, but I want to have that one-on-one time at home to help boost him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! LOVE YOUR SITE!

  16. Erika - I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site! From what you’ve said it sounds Teach Me To Talk - The DVD does include strategies that would still be applicable for him since he’s not consistently using phrases.

    I will tell you that I’m working on a DVD for children with apraxia and phonological disorders, but it will not be completed until late fall since I am filming several of my clients over a several month period.

    I’d also suggest listening to my next couple of shows this Friday August 29 since we will specifically address ways to help children learn to use phrases and talk about working toward intelligible speech.

    It sounds like you are on the right track for him and are doing everything I’d recommend - getting speech when you first begin to be concerned at age 2, introducing sign language, and pursuing preschool services, etc… Congratulations for being so persistent and proactive in getting him help! He is so lucky to have you for his mommy! Let us know how he continues to do! Laura

  17. Laura- Thank you for your reply. I am having my Dad download the shows as I still have dial-up and it takes forever to do anything. I look forward to hearing them. One question, his current EI speech therapist won’t label him with apraxia as she says it is a controversial diagnosis before age three, but she says he may have a slight “language delay” and he didn’t have “true apraxia” as he doesn’t fumble words or mix them up but because he has trouble going from one word or syllable to the next this tells her “motor planning.” His word and approximations are very consistant and he doesn’t say something right one time and then can’t do it again…its always the same and he does fix the words over time. For example, for a long time, bike was “dike” and withing a month or so he just said “bike” and it’s been “bike” ever since.So, I don’t necessarily need a “label” for him, however I do want him to recieve proper services. Are these characteristics sounding like apraxia, phonological, or delay to you? And do you think a group preschool of 6 children taught by a speech pathologist is good placement? I am home with him all day so we do speech all day in some form or another through, playing, reading, labeling, singing, clapping to get syllables put together etc. and I am looking forward to ordering the videos you spoke of. Thanks again for all you do!

  18. would it be possible for you to make some recommendations for my 3 yr-old who is autistic, very intelligent, follows some most instructions but has echolalia and doesn’t speak in sentences. I think your techniques are practical and commendable.

  19. Cheryl - I would suggest that you read the two articles about Echolalia in the section under Autism and then the other articles in the Expressive Language section including “Making the Leap from Words to Phrases.” Use these general ideas to help him move from phrases to sentences. I don’t think I’ve written other articles per se about this, but you could apply the concepts.

    One more thing you might consider is getting Teach Me To Talk - The DVD since you can SEE me cue lots of the children in the later sections as they begin to use phrases and sentences. Hope these ideas help! Good luck! Laura

  20. Hi Laura

    I have a 31 month old daughter with Down Syndrome. she has been in Speech for about 2 1/2 years. She knows sign language and is starting to initiate signs rather than just repeat the signs we tell her. She babbles and has about 4 words she can say pretty good. Any thoughts on how your video can help us.

    thanks you

  21. Dear Maureen - I’ve used these same techniques with children I see who are on my own caseload with Down Syndrome with great results, particularly with children who are ready to move from signs to words, and who are just on the verge of being vocal, as it sounds like your daughter is. The background information about the sequence of developmental skills may also help you.

    Have you watched the clips? These are really representational of the kinds of things I teach in the DVD. I hope they can help give you additional ideas for home.

    Even some of the moms I see every week have been able to implement different things at home after watching the DVD since sometimes you’re able to notice things OTHER children do that give you an idea of what you could do differently with your own child.

    Regardless - I wish you the best of luck with your daughter! Laura

  22. Hi Laura - my 3 yo son has mild autism. He’s incredibly bright and is making rapid progress in his programs. I’ve always been an active “player” with him and from what I’ve seen on your site, I have been implementing many of your play strategies since we got the diagnosis. He started speaking at 27 months (had some signs) and has a ton of language and things to say, but his articulation is very poor. I’ve become the community translator for everyone — including his speech therapists! Would your DVD help me help him make the key sounds that he’s not making, or does this DVD focus mainly on play skills to help illicit communication? Also, it seems lately that his mouth can’t keep up with his thoughts and when he has a lot to say, it comes out really garbled. Our speech therapists don’t really seem to be helping in this area and I really need some articulation help. Is your DVD what I’ve been looking for? Thanks!! - Megan

  23. Megan - The DVD shows some of the strategies I use to cue specific sounds in words, but it really does focus mostly on language. The apraxia/phonological disorders DVD will include many more of these techniques, but it realistically won’t be released until the end of the year.

    I will also tell you that I am working on an age-appropriate articulation “project” (still top secret!) to use with 2 and 3 year olds that will come with tried and true tips for eliciting specific speech sounds. This is still in the very early stages of development, but it’s coming……

    I’d hope that the SLPs who are working with your son could give you more specific strategies to use at home, but they may be waiting for his language and pragmatic skills to be closer to age-appropriate before they start to focus on articulation. If I were you, I’d have a conversation about this with them. I also support this philosophy, but I know it’s hard to do when you’re the mom and are his translator 24/7! When you express how frustrated you are with his intelligibility, they may give you additional things to try at home. Hang in there! From what you’ve said, it sounds like you’re doing a great job! Laura

    Laura

  24. I’m mom to Justin (38 mo) who has DS. He knows at least 50 signs but uses growlng, yelling, crying, or screaming a lot of the time instead of signing. He used to always hit himself in head for “No!” “Don’t want” or “Don’t like”. Now, he will shake his head “no” 50% of the time. He babbles more now (in the last month or so) than he used to, but he doesn’t attempt any new speech sounds. “Buh” is his main syllable, which is used for ball, book, bath, bib, bus, boy, bowl, or balloon. And “buhbuh” for bye bye, bubbles, or “Bubba” (his oldest brother). And “ubuh” for apple or open. He says “da” for “that” or David, but only signs Daddy. He yells “Mama” when he’s really upset, almost like a swear word, but never uses it to call for me or to get my attention. If he’s really mad, he may yell “Nuh!” (No!) or “Duh” (Don’t).

    His speech therapist isn’t real creative or bubbly and spends most of the 30 min. per week with picture cards of objects and actions and picture books. When she uses a toy, Justin focuses on the toy and doesn’t communcate much of anything with her. He isn’t in EI, because we have never had our children in public school, but have chosen to home school.

    Anna

  25. Anna - Let me begin by saying that you’ve done a great job teaching Justin signs! However, you need to get over the hump of him just knowing signs so that he learns how to use them to communicate. Easier said than done, right?

    This next statement may be really offensive to some people, but I’m going to say it anyway - it sounds like his current SLP is a dud. Do you have any other options to switch to someone else? If so, I’d pursue that. If not, then you’re going to need to explore other options so that you know how to work with Justin in a way that will be more beneficial to him. The DVD will demonstrate these techniques.

    I also would like to recommend Libby Kumin’s books about communication skills in children with Down Syndrome. I can’t recall the specific name of the book now, and it’s still packed away in a box from my move this summer, but I bet you can search for it on the internet using her name. She’s an SLP who specializes in Down Syndrome and has written a (mayble more) great book specifically for parents. You may know the basics already, but unless you’ve become an expert, I think the book would be a good investment for you.

    Please know that all of the recommendations on this site are for ALL children with language delays, regardless of the etiology. I hope that you find the articles informative and helpful! Let me know if you need other information! Laura

  26. Laura - Thanks for your prompt response. Justin’s SLP won’t give me her email… does it violate the separation of work and private life or what?!

    Justin uses signs to communicate some of the time, or he takes my hand, leads me, and points. But when he’s emotional, which is often (hungry, tired, angry, offended, willful, etc.), he opts for growling, yelling, screaming, crying. I know this is typical behavior for a 2 yr. old and that’s his developmental age, but it’s miserable for him and us. It illicits negative emotions in us and often negative responses, which can only make him feel rejected. I don’t feel I have the time to play with him, but I’m going to have to make the time. I know in my heart it’s what he needs… from ME.

    His SLP is fair to middlin’- I’ve gotten some good ideas from her. She’s more “old school”, been at it 20 yr or more, and while friendly and interested, isn’t very engaging or playful and not at all silly. She isn’t the only SLP, at Children’s Rehab, but I doubt if any of the others would be better. There is one SLP in the area who is trained in Beckman techniques, but she’s a little farther away and would mean another day out.

    I have that book and haven’t read much of it. It’s a big book, and I’m the type who has to read a book from cover to cover. However, I have “Mommy brain” and don’t remember much of what I read! Seeing you demonstrate will be much more helpful, I feel. But I’m hesitant to ask my dh to order another DVD. We just orderd “Baby Babble”, a speech-enhancing DVD for babies & toddlers. I was trying to find Talk Tools to order a couple of their straws and cups, when I came upon your link… And I am so glad I checked it out!

    Thanks!
    Anna

  27. Laura, my 12 month old daughter does not babble and a SP thought it could be apraxia. I’m planning on buying your “Teach Me To Talk” DVD, but you also mentioned you are coming out with another DVD this Fall for those with apraxia. Is it out yet? Thanks!

  28. I saw your website. I was wondering if you know of any schools for toddlers with speech problems?

  29. Anna - Just so you and other moms who may be browsing these comments know, Teach Me To Talk The DVD is different from other DVDs like Baby Bumblebee or Baby Babble since it’s for PARENTS to watch to help them learn techniques to work with a child at home, NOT a DVD for a child to watch. (Although some moms report that their children have begun to imitate words while watching, this is a happy bonus, not the intended outcome!)

    I get so disappointed when parents try to connect this DVD and the other made-for-kids DVDs, so I want to be sure any reader understands this difference.

    Parental participation is the KEY difference in maximizing progress with speech and language issues. Working on this once or twice a week in therapy is usually not sufficient to help children with delays make consistent prorgress. Parents have to do their part at home.

    But some parents don’t know what to do or how to do it. Many parents have access to high-quality speech therapy, but sadly many do not, and this tool is for a parent in that situation.

    I am glad Justin is in speech therapy and you are getting the help you need to learn how to work with him at home. Good luck, and I wish you continued progress! Laura

  30. Karen - Thanks so much for asking about the Apraxia DVD. We have had such production snags with Teach Me To Listen and Obey with companies that we chosen to contract with that the final day of shooting for Apraxia hasn’t even been scheduled yet. I hope this all resolves very soon since we are looking at other options for completing both of these DVDs.

    I also want to tell you that your daughter is very, very, very young, for apraxia to be mentioned as the culprit for a baby who is not moving along with communication milestones. Many experts don’t want to diagnose apraxia until age 3, so 12 months would be waaaaaay too young for me to seriously consider this for a child.

    Because of her age, I would only recommend the techniques in Teach Me To Talk The DVD as the most appropriate starting place for you anyway, even if the other DVD were already available. Once you get the DVD, let me know how she progresses! Laura

  31. Angelina - Some communities may have preschools specifically for children with language delays, especially in universities that offer bachelors and masters degrees in speech-language pathology. If you have a college in your town, call the information number and ask they have a Speech and Hearing clinic. The education department may also offer high quality preschool services that would enhance language development in a delayed or at-risk toddler.

    All states in the US by federal law offer early intervention services for children with developmental delays, including communication. Some of these states offer “group” services, like preschool for children under 3, if the child meets eligibility guidelines. Check with your state’s program about this. Laura

  32. Thanks for your quick reply, Laura! I also thought the SP’s “diagnosis” was abit premature and to be honest, it irritated me that she would even mention apraxia at 12 months of age. He (I’m sorry I typed wrong, but it’s our son and not daughter) is not having any other delays except his lack of babbling. Anyway, I watched some of the online clips of your DVD and both my husband and I noticed the enthusiasm and playfullness that you had shown towards the children. We found that if we engage our son to the point where he laughs very hard, he seems to be more vocal and tends to imitate some sounds afterwards. Do you think it’s the laughing that stimulates the endorphines in his brain which then helps him with his vocals? Strange question, but wanted to ask. Thanks again.

  33. Karen - I think it’s that playfulness pulls him into interacting you, and that’s what makes him want to vocalize AND that you get his “motor running” sensory-wise, so that he can get aroused enough to vocalize. Either way - play, play, play! Good luck to you all! Laura

  34. Thanks. By the way, have you had a patient as young as 12 months?

  35. Karen - Yes, I have seen babies that young, but usually there are other issues going on too such as delayed gross motor skills so that they are not sitting or crawling yet. SLPs also see children that young with other diagnoses which we know will cause language delays such as Down Syndrome, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, or another syndrome.

    There are children that age on the DVD. Both were siblings of children I was seeing at the time. One of the children has gone on to need speech therapy since she was not moving along with motor or communication skills (just like her older sister), and one little boy is a chatterbox now. Using these strategies with children 12 months and older is HIGHLY recommended and usually pretty succesful unless there’s something else going on. Laura

  36. Different Karen, here, joining the thread…my 3.5-year-old son does indeed have CAS - he has been working with two different therapists with great success since shortly after his 2nd birthday, and has made ENORMOUS strides (hooray!). Of course there is still a long way to go…it goes without saying that I want to/need to/must do absolutely everything I can to help him succeed, and so I’m waiting on pins and needles for your apraxia DVD. Since there is a delay in production, please don’t keep us waiting…how can we access the golden tickets you’re withholding? If it is helpful information, there are clearly a ton of children who need it. Time is precious, as you well know…any other way, please??? Thank you!

  37. Karen - Most of what will be on the apraxia/phonological disorder DVD is here on the site. The only difference with the DVD is seeing it in action. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have the DVD finished, but apparently I have not yet been granted that special power…

    In the meantime, I hope you’ve read thru all of the articles in the apraxia and the expressive language sections since this is where the bulk of the information is from.

    Thanks for being so excited about the DVD! Laura

  38. Laura, i have your wonderful dvd which i am making priority vieiwing for my husband and in-laws. Even the first day i found it worked beautifully, particularly keeping my child engaged enough to learn by getting funny and physical.

    i was really pleased how quickly it got to me in Toronto, Canada.

    Thanks for everything you’re doing and continued success. Hope to hear from you soon, Lori

  39. Have read them all and will continue to read and reread and check back. Thank you, Laura!

  40. Wow! I will always have a special spot in my heart for Laura and all the teachmetotalk gang. The resources compiled here are amazing! I’ve had the DVD for about 2 weeks now, and I LOVE it! There is just only so much an SLP can do with/for you child- lets face it- it’s really up to us, the parents. And most toddlers respond better to a familiar mommy/daddy than an ‘once a week’ SLP. Well, unless we’re lucky enough to have someone like Laura as our SLP. The six techniques discussed in the DVD were very eye opening. Especially using “with-holding/frustration”. My son responds very well with this technique. He said his second three word sentence! He was grunting for more animal crackers, his Sunday School teacher knows that he can sign, and was requiring him to do so. Out of frustration, he finally said “I WANT MORE”. We were all thrilled! I really suggest everyone to buy this DVD, there are ideas that you’ve probably not thought of. And Laura demonstrates her techniques in sessions with a wide age range of children. Thank you so much Laura and the whole gang, for all your hard work!!

  41. Thanks so much Stephanie! It’s been a very hectic Monday for me RE-recording all of my voice overs for DVD #2 Teach Me To Listen and Obey, in addition to seeing 4 of my little friends today. To come home and read your comment about Teach Me To Talk makes it all worth it to me! I’m so glad you’re having success with the techniques! Keep me posted on how your little boy is doing!

    Thanks too for thanking the other person here at teachmetotalk.com who works very hard to keep this site going while I am out treating children. He handles all of DVD orders and shipping as well as the pre-and post-production PROBLEMS that we’ve encounter this past few months shooting and producing the DVDs. I couldn’t do it without him! Johnny is the real un-sung hero around here, and I thank you for thanking him!!! Laura

  42. Hi Laura-

    I watched your DVD clips and am very interested in purchasing. I’m concerned about my 15 1/2 month old son. He says about 5-7 words, not clearly and mostly when prompted. As an infant, he was quiet, did babble at around 8 1/2 months but not frequently (frequency picked up at around 12 1/2 months). He has very good receptive language. He likes to play with a variety of toys, is social, and does gesture with mostly grunting for what he wants. I am concerned that his expressive language is lacking. At times, he does try to imitate words and sounds. Interestingly, he says an additional few words but only mouths/whispers them (pop-pop, bye-bye, baba, ha for hat). Is he too young for an evaluation? Does it sound like apraxia (he is a very picky eater, hates diaper changes)? What are your thoughts?

  43. Lori - He is not too young for an evaluation, but based on what you’ve said about him, he may not qualify in your state’s early intervention program since you have to be significantly delayed in one area or moderately delayed in more than one area, and it sounds like other than expressive language, he’s doing pretty well.

    That being said, I wouldn’t take a “wait and see” approach either. I’d probably implement the ideas from the articles in the expressive language section and try the ideas from DVD.

    I can’t really comment on whether or not he’s apraxic since:
    1) I haven’t seen him, and
    2) He’s soooo young!

    It’s good you’re so concerned now, so turn that concern into energy in working with him.

    My main thought about him is - How lucky he is to have you for a mom!!!

    Laura

  44. Laura-

    Thank you for you quick response. I have ordered the DVD and can’t wait to receive it. You mentioned that he has to have a moderate delay in more than one area. What are you referring to? Also, when imitating words, is it “normal” for a 15 1/2 month old boy to just say the beginning/ending consonant sound (i.e. “p” for please or “k” for book). Should he be saying more of the word at this point? Also, I mentioned he tends to try to repeat some words quietly. Is this typical? Lastly, I’ve noticed that he’s picked up a little mouth quirk when saying mama and trying to say ball (just a b sound)-he puts his lips diagonally). Could this be him trying a new movement or does is sound like sensitivity/hence apraxia? Also, this movement is not all the time. I’d love your insight. Thanks.

  45. Lori - I was referring to the criteria to receive therapy through the federally mandated early intervention program that every state offers children ages birth to 3 with difficulties developing skills in the 5 areas of development - communication, motor, social, cognitive, and self-help skills.

    Although I can’t “see” him, from what you’ve described, he is only falling short of the expected milestones in expressive language, and MAY not qualify for speech therapy through your state program.

    However, don’t take my word for it! Have him evaluated now if you’d like. Or you can find an SLP privately to assess him and let you know what they think.

    The characteristics you describe are “red flags” that I’d certainly continue to watch if I were you. The “mouth quirk” could be oral groping or scanning, and this is noted in children with apraxia. Also using only one sound for a word is also associated with apraxia. But again, let me caution you, he is very, very young to be thinking about a specific diagnosis just yet. I’ve seen many, many children who looked very apraxic at your son’s age, then with intervention, are doing much, much better by age 2 to 2 1/2 and beyond. If you can get someone to see him now, great. But if he doesn’t qualify for services through your state program, or if you can’t find someone in private practice to assess him, you can still work with him at home and likely make huge differences.

    If he’s not made significant progress by 18 months, definitely pursue services at that point, and again NOW if it will make you feel better. A mom’s gut instincts usually turn out to be right, sometimes long before you can get anyone else to think it’s a concern.

    I hope you enjoy the DVD and find the strategies helpful. Let me know what you think when you watch it! Laura

  46. Thanks again Laura. Just another question-at almost 16 months old- what milestones should be acheiving in expressive language as you stated that he is falling short. My pedi says he is average (about 5-7 words for his age). Also, what type of significant progress should be making by 18 months?

    As far as the oral planning or groping is concerned is it typical for him to do it sometimes with the “b” and m” sound but not all the time?

  47. HI, not sure if this is how you do this but I’ll give it a try.I’m Crystal my son cody is 3 years old, and to me he is smart but when it comes to him talking we are very limited. He had constant ear infections between the age 13 mths to 18 mths on a antibotic every other week, and finally got tubes at 18 mths then have not had a problems snice with his ears. I had him evaluated with the school system and he did not test high enough to have there help and i know that they look for more than just speech but motor and mental issues.I took him to a speech pathologist finally after whinning for a year with the peditrician about it. The speech pathologist she is great even though I have only meet twice.On her test she evaluated him, and told me that she would be honest and that he does need that he is only on the level of a 20 mth old talking wise and a 23 mth old with like answering questions, she said that she knows that he understands and that he can proably do it but he seems to be very stubborn. do you have any tips and advise because I feel like this is my fault.

  48. Lori - I only used the term “falling short” just based on your report that you are concerned about his expressive language. Please, please, please don’t think I am officially issuing a diagnostic impression since I can’t see him and again, he’s soooo, sooooo young.

    According to the Rosetti Infant Toddler Language Scale the baseline expressive language norms are 8-10 spontaneous words by 15 months and 10-15 spontaneous words by 18 months and frequently repeating names for familiar objects when he hears them during this same period. It sounds like he’s awfully close to these milestones, and again, I only typed the phrase “falling short” based on your report of your concern. Please know that I certainly would not have said it this way if I’d have thought it would have caused you to become upset or make you even more worried.

    That being said, I’m not even going to comment about the oral groping since I can’t actually see what he’s doing and don’t want to mislead you in any way.

    I feel like my comments to you are making you more worried, and are not as helpful as I’d like them to be, so for that I apologize!

    Bottom line - if you continue to be worried about him, please take him to be evaluated by a pediatric SLP who can thoroughly assess him and listen to your very specific concerns.

    I think you’ll like the strategies in the DVD. This information is very appropriate to jump start language for ALL toddlers, even those without an identified delay.

    Again - I hope I haven’t made you upset or more worried! That was not my intention at all!

    I hope your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving! Laura

  49. Crystal - My advice would be to keep taking your son to speech therapy and following through at home with any recommendations your SLP makes. Read the articles here on the site too for more ideas. Children who have parents who make an effort to play with them one-on-one and teach them language make much more progress than those parents who just take a child to therapy one visit a week and expect that to make it all better. PARENTS are children’s first and best teachers since you know him better than anyone else. Keep seeking suggestions and putting them into action at home.

    Let me also say that being “smart” is not the same as using or understanding language. I have seen many children who demonstrated some real cognitive strengths who still had difficulty understanding language and learning to talk.

    As far as feeling guilty, you should try to let that go. You said that you discussed this with your pediatrician for a long time without any response and you took him to be assessed by the school system, so you DID try to get him help earlier. All you can do now is change what happens from here on out. Focus your time and energy now on making him better instead of beating yourself up.

    Good luck! Laura

  50. Thanks for the response. As for your question I could not get him evlauated with the school system until he turned 3 and as soon as he did 7 days later I had a appointment.Its always about 3 years old can’t do it til he’s 3 especially the state funded programs. As for the SLP I had to get the pediatrician to give me a order for it and the only reason he did is because I had him tested through the school system. My pediatrician still thinks he’ll just get it. Well since i wrote you its so funny he has become a chatter box, he started saying things like thank you moma which about made me cry, and I had his ears cleaned by his ENT dr. because he is sick and they got clogged. Well I want to say thank you and I have let it go, now only foward we go.

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  52. Laura, I am very worried about my 23 month old daughter… She doesn’t say very much at all. She calls Her daddy “dada” she can say “kitty” “pop” “fish” and “NK u” (for thank you)
    I”d love to order your video…
    Money is just tight right now dang it! lol.

    Any suggestions?

  53. Tara - It sounds like you’re new to the site. Read all of the articles in the expressive language section for ideas. You may want to start with the oldest ones first and read forward. Hope the ideas are helpful and your daughter does well! Laura

  54. My child has been undergoing speech and OT for almost a year now. He was diagnosed with Mild speech Delay and Hyperactivity when he was 2yo. There was improvement, but now he is 3years and 5mos.old, I have noticed that he had difficulty following instructions, talking over the phone. When I ask him, what he did in school, it seems he doesn’t understand it and utters different words. In short, he can’t converse yet like any other kid. Please advice me. What materials should I buy?Thank you and more power to your program

  55. Dar - What you’re describing sound more like receptive language issues - not following directions and difficulty understanding questions. I would ask your SLP and OT for ideas to target this at home.

    I will also tell you that the new DVD Teach Me to Listen and Obey will also target some of these things. There’s so much information in there that we’ve split this into 2 DVDs, one for younger toddlers and one for older toddlers with receptive language problems. Part II does specifically address following multiple step directions, understanding more difficult words, and answering some simple questions in conversation.

    He may also have difficulty coming up with the words he needs to answer your open ended questions such as, “What did you do at school today?” so try giving him choices. “Did you play outside or go to the gym?” “Did you paint or play playdoh today?” There are some articles with more suggestions like this here on the site in the receptive and expressive language categories. Keep reading and looking for ideas! Laura

  56. Hi Laura! Thank you so much for your prompt reply. How can I get a copy of these DVDs? Is it available now?
    My child is the most precious person in our life. I’ve always had a positive thought that my child will improve and I’m not losing any hope.
    God bless you always!

  57. Dar - The DVDs Teach Me To Listen and Obey should be on sale here on this site by the end of the month, but everytime I say that we have another production delay, so my best advice is to keep checking back here for an announcement. Thanks for asking! Laura

  58. Hi Laura–I have a question about which DVD to buy for my son who will be three tomorrow. He has delayed speech, but understands everything and can follow directions well. He says certain words well, and will sometimes say a word if I ask him to, but in general he doesn’t just try to say new words. He is my fourth child and all his other siblings were normal or early talkers. He uses sounds things make to replace many of the words. He says “bubble” to mean almost all liquids. He’s been saying bubble for a while and has a pretty good list of -le words that he says which he seemed to add to his vocabulary over a two week time. He acts things out to be understood and also babbles with normal conversational tones as he is trying to communicate. In his imaginative play, he has his toys talking to each other. I feel like he is close to trying to talk more–I’ve been encouraging any progress I see My Mom had a brother who was a late talker and he did just start talking well at an older age. I just got information from the doctor yesterday about getting him evaluated.
    Thanks so much!

  59. Nicole - I’d definitely recommend Teach Me To Talk since it includes recommendations and demonstrations for HOW to elicit and prompt words. Teach Me To Listen and Obey is for kids with receptive language delays, and it sounds like your little guy is right on track there, so you’ll get the most bang for your buck with Teach Me To Talk. Hope it works for you, and hurry if you’re going to get it because the coupon to save $10 is going to expire on January 15! Laura

  60. Hi Laura,
    I have your Teach Me To Talk DVD and you seem to be very knowledgable on the subject of apraxia so I wanted to ask you a question. I have a 21 month old that has been diagnosed with apraxia. We see a private speech therapist twice a week and I try to do play therapy throughout the rest of the week. I think my therapist is good, but honestly, I don’t really know because I can’t find others in my area that have kids with apraxia who can tell me the best therapists for dealing with this in my area. I am in Atlanta. Do you have any suggestions? I think we are making progress, but I just don’t know because progress is so slow with a condition like this and I have heard the younger you start, the better, so I want to be doing all I can for my daughter right now while she is so young. Thanks for any input! Carol

  61. Hi Laura,

    I have a set of 19 month old twins, who have been receiving DI and PT thru EI. Mild Hypotonia. Have been released from DI, for doing so well. Therapist thinks they are doing great and that I just dont understand what they are saying. My concern is I can’t seem to get them to learn their body parts, they dont even show any real interest, upon occasion they have showed me the right one, but VERY sporadic. I read if they dont know them by 24 months its very serious. Other wise they seem very smart. Please help, I am very worried. Can this help them. They always meet their milestones on the longer side of normal………….JP

  62. Jill - Are they following other simple commands such as, “Go get your shoes,” “Bring me the ball,” “Wave bye-bye,” “Put your cup in the sink,” etc… If so, then relax. If not, then I’d be concerned and take immediate action to get them back into therapy, and this time, try speech. I’m not knocking DI at all (my podcast partner is a WONDERFUL DI!), but sometimes even some speech pathologists miss issues that are really receptive language concerns.

    You didn’t mention their expressive language skills. I hope they are using many spontaenous words and imitating practically everything you say (single words and starting to do some simple phrases). If not, re-explore the whole speech issue with your EI service coordinator.

    If you haven’t seen my DVDs yet, I address how to teach body parts in Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1. If your twins are still struggling with following other directions too, I’d highly recommend the techniques I demonstrate in this DVD.

    Good luck to you and them! Laura

  63. Hi Laura,

    Thank you so much for your response, I will order the dvd’s today! They understand a few simple commands, mostly ‘to go get something” but sometimes I still point to the objects. I am not very talkative myself, so I do have a difficult time talking all day. I did want to mention that the therapist said that the girls had some motor planning issues, during physical therapy and I was wondering if that can have anything to do with their language.

    PS One of them is much more talkative than the other and has some words and says What dat? The other one says a few words.

    Thanks,

    Jill

  64. I just found this website. My son is 29 months old and is a late talker. He recieves EI once a week since he was 20 months. Recently, his speech therapist said that she thought he might have an oral motor planning problem. Which dvd would be best for this issue?

  65. JLO - It depends on where he is language wise. If his issues are just an expressive language problem, Teach Me To Talk is most appropriate DVD. It’s for kids who are non-verbal thru kids who need help learning single words thru learning to expand words to phrases. If you’re mostly working on him talking in therapy, this is likely the one I’d choose. The techniques included are appropriate starter techniques for children with oral motor planning problems (or apraxia).

    If you’re also working on UNDERSTANDING words, then I’d also recommend the Teach Me To Listen and Obey series. There are 2 DVDs in this series - 1 and 2. There are lists in the articles about Teach Me To Listen and Obey that can help you decide which one is most appropriate for you.

    I will tell you a DVD specifically for children with apraxia is in the works, but it’ll be “the next step” up from info on the DVD Teach Me To Talk, so if you’re not using those techniques already, I’d definitely start here.

    Hope this info helps, and if you still can’t decide, give me some more details about the kinds of things you’re working on in therapy, and I’ll point you in the right direction! Laura

  66. I just posted about my daughter with Down Syndrome and Apraxia. Would you recommend the Teach my to Talk dvd or the new one for children with apraxia and phonological disorders? Is it out yet?

  67. Michelle - So glad you’re with the right SLP now and that your daughter is making progress. I have seen several children with Down Syndrome “come alive” communicatively at your daughter’s age, so please don’t feel like you missed the boat.

    I recommend that every parent start with the Teach Me To Talk because those techniques are basic language therapy, and I even recommend that on the Apraxia/Phonological DVD. The new one has not yet been released and is still in the editing loop, but keep checking back!

    Thanks so much! Laura

  68. Hi Laura,
    I have a 17 1/2 month old son who jabbers all the time. He said a couple words (hi and daddy) before the age of one. He stopped talking while learning to walk around 14 months of age. Since then, he’s started talking a little bit (mainly jabbering and pointing to what he wants). He will say some words for me (mom), but they aren’t very clear (mainly just the first sounds). I have probably heard him say about 10-15 words. However, he will not say these words for anybody but me (not his daycare provider, dad, grandparents). Is it typical for a child to only say words for certain people?

  69. Sarah - Sometimes children do talk more for one preferred caregiver over another, particularly when they are new talkers. If he doesn’t start to do this more often as he gets closer to 2, I’d have him looked at, but until then, keep prompting those first words! Context makes a huge difference, especially for high energy little boys, so you’re probably not going to be able to have him stand there and “perform” for an audience by saying word after word. You’re going to need him to USE those words functionally in conversation. For example, if his word is ball, don’t try to get him to say it unless you’re playing ball or looking at a picture with a ball, etc… If he’s not seeing or doing it, he’s probably not going to say. Make sense to you? If it doesn’t make sense to him, he’s likely not going to use the word, even with your coaxing. You can also read ideas in the expressive language section to learn other tips and tricks. Good luck with him! Laura

  70. Hi Laura! My son is 33 months old and he has cerebral palsy, he is not talking yet and i’d like to buy your dvd.I live in UK.How can I do this?

  71. Mira - I will send you an invoice thru email so you can order thru Google checkout with the correct amount for shipping. Just make sure you have access to an international DVD player or plan to watch it in your computer’s DVD drive since it may not work in a regular UK player. Laura

  72. Via an email from Cynthia -

    You truly are amazing! Teach
    Me to Talk the Dvd and website has changed my life. My 28 month old son loves you, he gets very excited when we watch your dvd together. Myself and so many other moms wish you were our childrens therapist, and that the therapists we have had your brillance, patience and compassion. :)

  73. My son is 27 months old, and has a vocabulary of about 25 words. We’re becoming concerned because when you ask him to say his name he only says me. We have asked him to state his name, and he either can’t or he won’t. He also says B anytime we attempt to have him count or say the alphabet. Do we have a right to be concerned, and if so, can your product help?

  74. Chuck - Lots of kids don’t answer the question “What’s your name?” until 2 1/2 to 3. “Me” is a very common first response to this question. Just keep working on telling him his name - “Your name is _______.”

    Counting and saying the ABC’s aren’t really important until much later because those are pre-academic skills and not REAL language that he can use everyday to express his wants and needs. Too many parents over-emphasize these skills because they associate numbers and letters with future academic success, and while that is a good goal for parents to have for a child, it’s NOT a skill that should be taught at 2.

    I will tell you that a child should have a much larger vocabulary than 25 words by 27 months old. By 27 months old he should be working toward hundred/s of words and using short phrases consistently to ask for things he wants, comment on things he sees, label objects, people, and pictures, and be beginning to respond to your questions. If he’s not doing THESE things yet, that would be much more of a concern than knowing the other things you mentioned. Work on expanding his vocabulary by teaching names of things and people he knows and loves, common actions, and early location words (in, on, off, up, down).

    If you’re not sure how to go about that, then the DVD can teach you HOW to teach him to communicate. It sounds like he just may need a little jump start, and extra attention from mom and dad focusing on the kinds of words that really will make a difference in how he communicates during everyday, real life situations.

    Hope this info helped! Laura

  75. i am having probs ordering dvd….it is telling me to change my address…is this because it is UK ??

  76. For international orders outside US and Canada I have to send an invoice through Google so we can calculate the shipping. I’ll send you that now. Laura

  77. My Son is 27 Months old and he has Combined development disorder (Speech Development, Oro-facial coordination, attention, minor autistic traits).
    I’ve been reading most of the articles on ur site for last week and I’ve started to implement them with my son. However, still he speaks very few words and the problem is HE DOESNT want to immitate me! He refuses to say the word after me, although i notice him saying it alone while he’s playing later.

    I am thinking of buying the DVD “Teach me to Talk”, but i was wondering if it relates the disorder with my son.

    Please advise and thanks for the great, valuable information you presented in the site.

  78. Diana - The DVD is applicable for any toddler with an expressive language disorder.

    Read the article “Help! My Child Won’t Imitate Words..” for specific ideas. The next DVD I have coming out illustrates all of those recommendations, so if he’s still not coming along, check this one out!

    You didn’t mention if he’s receiving speech therapy or not. I’d assume that he is since you already have diagnoses, but if not, I’d really encourage this! What ideas has your SLP given you? What does she do in sessions to encourage him to imitate? Try these same ideas at home too.

    I also wanted to say that it’s good that he’s repeating the words later. I do hope he’s using the words in context, rather than just repeating them out-of-context. Do what you can to make them meaningful for him.

    Hope these ideas help!! Laura

  79. My son is 2 and 10 months and he can says almost anything if i tell him what to say but he cant do it on his own and i am wondering should i have his hearing checked? or any other tests done?

  80. Samantha - He should really be using LOTS of phrases and even short sentences completely on his own by now. I don’t think hearing is the problem. If he can repeat you, he can hear you.

    While most parents would think of this issue as an expressive problem - he doesn’t know what to say on his own, it’s likely caused by a different issue. It could be that he doesn’t truly UNDERSTAND what you’re saying. Just because a toddler can repeat what you’ve said doesn’t necessarily mean he comprehends it. Does he follow two-part directions? Can he point to detailed pictures when you ask him things like “Show me who’s sleeping?” or “Find the window on the house.” Does he ever ask for something he wants totally on his own?

    Of course I can’t see him, but based on what you’ve said, this is a big red flag for a significant language delay since he’s so close to turning 3. Children who are turning 3 who have typically developing language have literally hundreds of words, but as I previously said, they are using their words to speak in their own sentences, asking and answering questions accurately, and are even beginning to string sentences together to tell little stories about their days completely on their own.

    Just repeating what someone says without using language on your own could also be considered a form of echolalia which is frequently associated with autism. Again, I can’t see him, so he may not have any of the other warning signs, but I would be very serious about having him evaluated as quickly as possible.

    I would definitely recommend that you have him seen by your state’s early intervention program, but you’ll have to hurry, because that program is for children ages birth to their third birthday. If you can’t make that deadline, then you could call your local public school district and have a speech-language evaluation, or you could talk to your pediatrician and ask for a referral to a pediatric speech-language clinic or hospital with a speech therapy department.

    I would also encourage you to read ideas here on the website to help you learn how to work with him at home while you’re waiting on the assessments. You may also want to take a peak at the other skills he should be able to do by now. There could be other skills he’s missing too, and I’d hate for you to miss valuable developmental time. Treating these issues early always leads to better outcomes for children than waiting. Parents who do wait are often upset when later they find out their child did have a real issue and they lost time waiting for language to kick in on its own.

    Thanks for you question, and I wish you luck as you continue to look for ways to help him. Laura

  81. Hi
    Firstly, i would like to thank you for answering our questions and giving valuabe information and advices.
    My son is 2 years and three months and the Paediatric Dr. still didn’t give me the final diganose for his case. Some times they tell me he has ADHD, sometimes, speech-delay problem with minor Autism. My Son is having severe language delay and even the little words he speaks doesn’t always relate them. He has inattention and i have to say he is somehow hyper.
    I tried to look for articles on ADHD on your site but i couldn’t find.
    Does ADHD cause speech delay? And how can i differentiate it from Autism?

    Thanks.

  82. Akram - First of all, thank you for your kind words. I have not written anything about ADHD because this typically isn’t diagnosed in children until they are school-aged. This website is primarily for parents of toddlers and young preschoolers, so even if I see a child who is busy or “hyper” at this age, I’d never call it ADHD since most physicians would think it’s too early to be formally diagnosed.

    What I would think about a child who displays the characteristics you’re describing is that he’s got sensory processing differences. Many children exhibit these kinds of difficulties, and certainly children with autism struggle with these issues too. Last October I did a whole month of shows on this topic on the podcast Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate. You can listen by searching through the archives for our shows from October 2008 at blogtalkradio.com or scroll through the shows under the blogtalkradio icon in the right column.

    Right now I’d treat his issues not as autism or ADHD, but as language issues so that you’re addressing his developmental needs. I’d have him enrolled in speech therapy as well as occupational therapy. If you’re not currently doing that, this would be what I would highly recommend you do first. A doctor can tell you what’s wrong with your child, but they rarely help you work on developing the skills he needs. Therapists do that, and again, I highly recommend that you have him evaluated by a speech-language pathologist and an occupational therapist.

    In the meantime, keep reading for ideas here on the website for how to help him. You may also want to look into order my DVDs since they will SHOW you how to work with him at home.

    Hope this info helped! Laura

  83. Thanks Laura, your reply is absolutely very helpful. I’ll take by your advice and start therapy as soon as possible to have better benefits and boost his attention!

    Thanks a lot.

  84. Hi Laura

    I was hoping you might be able to help me figure out what to do about my son’s situation. He is 21 months old and I think he has a speech delay but not sure. He doesn’t seem to fit the guidelines for speech delay, but what concerns me is that all of his words come out sounding the same. Almost every word he tries to say comes out as “a-teh”. His comprehension is excellent and we know he understands us, and has no hearing issues that we know of. He is currently not seeing a speech pathologist although I have been giving it serious consideration. He is not in daycare either, he stays home.

    What is most puzzling is that he has said some words clearly in the past, but only once and then we never hear them again. He has said “cookie”, “Daddy”, “Ernie” and “bubble” perfectly, but only one time. We don’t try to force him to talk but we do ask him to tell us what he wants.

    I also have a hard time getting him interested in books and other educational things. I bought some large alphabet wall cards for his playroom but he has no interest in them. He is also the only child his age I know who has no interest in books- every time I get one out he wants nothing to do with it. The most we’ve ever read together was 2 pages.

    He has amazing fine motor skills and doesn’t seem behind in any other way. I don’t know whether to be concerned or if I just need to wait it out until he’s ready.

    Any suggestions or opinions would be much appreciated.

  85. Sara - Thanks for your question. It sounds like he’s developing beautifully - except for expressive language and speech. Of course I can’t say for sure what’s going on since I can’t see him, so I can only suggest possibilities. I’d go ahead and have him evaluated by a speech-language pathologist who specializes in treating very young children. It can’t hurt, and hopefully you’ll get ideas for how you can help him at home.

    What you’re describing could be a speech-language delay or it could an indication of something a little more serious, but you’ll not know unless you have someone actually see him. Having words that sound the same and saying a word once and never again are both characteristics of children with apraxia, BUT there are usually other indications too, so if he only has these 2 characteristics, it’s unlikely that apraxia is the reason he’s having difficulty learning to talk.

    Look at the ideas here on the site to help him at home, and check out the DVD Teach Me To Talk since you’ll SEE exactly what pediatric SLPs do to help toddlers in your son’s situation.

    Regardless of what’s going on, he’s lucky to have you as a mom since you’re so concerned about him, and I know you’re doing all you can to learn how to help him. One day he’ll be able to thank you for it!!! Laura

  86. I just discovered your podcast and DVD tonight and I can’t help but feel this is just the thing we may need. My son is 20 months old and says only Mama and sometimes Dada although sometimes they both seem out of context. He doesn’t say “Hi”, “No” or “Bye” and very rarely does he ever wave unless we REALLY prompt him. He’s a great clapper and he can understand almost everything we say, follow instructions, (i.e. “go get your red car and bring it to Mommy”) and has motor skills such as stacking small blocks (14 is his record).

    When we look at developmental charts, he seems all over the place. He tends to hold his hand out like he’s saying, “I don’t know” but says, “ba, ba, ba”. He just does this spontaneously. It’s like a shrug. He does *some* imitation, but that’s also rare. The crazy thing is….he’s incredibly social, outgoing, playful, smiling, laughing. It’s such a puzzle why he won’t speak.

    One of our concerns, is that he seemed to attempt a bit of language earlier on and now does not say those things anymore. Our dog’s name was something he attempted to say. Now if we point to the dog, he says nothing. When he was very young, less than 12 months of age, he would sort of say, “thank you” but it would come out as “gunk goo”. Now that is gone too. Just when we think he’s on his way, the attempted words disappear. We are just at our wits end worried about where he is currently developmentally and where he should be and more interestingly, where he was or seemed to be at one point. Our doctor says not to worry until he’s 2 and then his ears can be checked more thoroughly (it’s not his hearing…he hears EVERYTHING and understands most everything) but I’m insisting on a referral to some sort of interventionist. What do you recommend we ask or mention most specifically to someone in an evaluation? What that I’ve told you seems most alarming or worthy of more scrutiny? Or, are some of these things normal for stubborn 20 month-old boys? :)

    Thanks so much! The DVD looks like a great resource!

  87. Jen - Thanks for your question. Your concerns are so similar to many of the questions I receive here on the website. So similar in fact that I am going to address it on this weeks podcast Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate. We moved this week’s show to today (Friday at 1:00 pm eastern time), so listen in since I am going to answer your questions in detail or better yet - call in yourself at 1-718-766-4332! We’d love to hear from you directly! Laura

  88. Hi- my son Will is 20 months old and he barely talks- he says baby and daddy and mama but that’s about it. He loves to smile at people who smile at him, loves to approach all people strangers or not, and flips through books and plays creatively with toys. He is however not very interested in other kids and he failed his hearing test in his left ear except for high tones and there was too much fluid in the right ear to test properly. He is getting an Auditory Brainstem response done as well as tubes to help clear out the ears. But he is humming a lot and babbles loudly. Could his issues be from his hearing issues and not autism? I am just really concerned about his development.

  89. Kristin - In a word - Yes - his language and social issues could certainly be related to his hearing loss. I’m not sure if you listen to my podcast Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate, but next Thursday, June 11, we’re going to have a pediatric audiologist as a special guest on our show. She’s going to talk about testing hearing (which you already obviously know all about from personal experience) as well as how important hearing is for language development. My recommendation would be to get his ears taken care of AND get a referral to a pedatric speech-language pathologist so she can work with you. Good luck and let me know how he does!! Laura

  90. To the SLP grad student who sent me the most wonderful compliment this week - I accidentally deleted your comment. PLEASE resend it to me!! Also send me your shipping address in an email at Laura@teachmetotalk.com so I can send you a surprise!!! Laura

  91. Laura,

    I just found your website and am finally feeling like I have somewhere to go online to find some answers. My son is almost 4 and has been working with an SLP for the past year. He has done well and was really progressing. But, over the past 3-4 months I have seen a real decline in his interest in conversing, talking, and learning. He ignores me/refuses to answer questions, will not try new words, has started pointing to things instead of using words he knows, and seems like he doesn’t understand what I am saying. I did not see this in him only a few months ago. The behaviors I mentioned are inconsistent. Sometimes he is fine and then he’ll have a day where he is completely struggling with it all.

    I took him in for another hearing test, which was inconclusive because he wouldn’t follow directions. They are going to do more testing with his hearing, but so far that seems fine. I am so frustrated with inconclusive tests and just want to be able to help him. I was going to buy the Teach me Talk and Obey 2. Is that what you would recommend? Any other thoughts or recommendations? I am just frazzled from trying to figure him out and what his needs are. Thank you for your website.
    Kerri

  92. Thanks for the useful info. It’s so interesting

  93. Hello!

    Im a mother of 2 (under 2 :) our oldest son will be 2 in July. We are in the “very beginning stages” of our Davids speech development. We have received our Pediatricians suggestion for Evaluation (Hearing, Development and Speech). And obviously this news was Alarming and (I for sure :) was VERY aprpehensive. However with the advice of other mothers of toddlers (from our church etc.) and YOUR WEBSITE (actually listening to the June 11th broadcast- WHICH IS SO INFORMATIVE!) has TRULY eased the anxiety. What a blessing! I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

    Letoya Lamb
    New Jersey

  94. Hi Laura!

    I wrote in a while ago with a few questions about my daughter who has “suspected apraxia”.

    I have been using the tips and “tricks” from your DVD, and I see a wonderful improvement in her desire to repeat words.

    I have a few more questions for you. I hope you don’t mind :).

    Just to recap and bring you up to speed:

    My daughter is 21 months old. She has around 100 signs. She uses them spontaneously and correctly. She puts them into two (sometimes three) sign sentences.

    She has about 7 words she uses, and most of these are animal sounds. She will use a word quite often for a while and then stop using it, but she will pick it up again a few months later.

    She will pretty much try to say any word you ask her to say. Most of these sound the same (ba or da) or are missing the final letter sound. Some are missing the initial consonant sound (ack for “quack”, eeee for “heeee”-horse neighing :P, Bir for “Bird”. She says these words the same way everytime she says them.

    She can say “mama” no problem, but “moo” comes out “bwooo” as do most other words that start with “m”. She makes the “b” sound consistently correctly.

    She will say some words without sound. She did this for awhile with turtle, and now she will say it. She only says it when asked to say it and it sounds like “totooo”. She will mouth “yes”, but she makes no sound. She will also mouth “pop”, but it just sounds like she is smacking her lips…no sound comes out.

    She had an unknown (and therefore untreated) ear wax issue. Once the offending plug was removed I noticed she was more into what I was saying.

    My questions:

    Is this dropping and then coming back to a word a “normal” part of speech development?

    Is her act of mouthing the word with no sound considered groping? If not what is it? Is there a technical term for this?

    Could this be typical speech development that was delayed by the ear wax plug and is now slowly coming into it’s own?

    I am driving myself crazy wondering if this is Apraxia, a phonological disorder, or if it was just due to her ear wax issue.

    She has a hearing screening coming up next week and another speech eval coming up in the fall, so I should know something soon.

    Thanks,
    Rachael

  95. Rachael - Thanks for your questions! First of all, I’m so glad that she’s more willing to imitate now! That’s so important, regardless of WHY she’s not talking as much as you’d hope.

    Now for the WHY - this is a tough one! Since I can’t see her, I’d certainly not even try to guess EXACTLY what the issue is. The truth is, so many times we never really do know why a child is a late talker, and I’ve come to believe that’s really okay as long as we begin to see progress.

    I’d certainly do what you’re doing by following up with hearing, but are you having a full audiological evaluation, or just a screening? I’d get the more comprehensive one if I were you. Ask your questions about ear wax at that appointment. Certainly this could impact her ability to hear. My own daughter also had very waxy ears and needed them flushed, but usually this does not cause a language delay.

    Saying a word without a voice is not a part of typical language development. I do not know of a more technical term to describe this, and I usually do refer to this as groping IF I can see even subtle mouth movements that look like she’s trying to figure out how to make her mouth work like mine.

    Losing words is not a part of typical language development either, but from what you’re describing, she is picking some of them up again.

    Having more consistent errors is usually indicative of a phonological disorder.

    Your “driving yourself crazy wondering if this is apraxia or a phonological disorder” is a very, very, very common occurrence for those of us who work with toddlers with speech-language problems. That question has kept me up more than one night and for more than one kid. Are you sure you’re not an SLP??? :)

    Keep us updated on how she’s doing! It sounds like you are sooo on top of this, even if you still have questions. Hope things continue to progress. Good luck!! Laura

  96. My 2 1/2 year old is only saying like ma and like ya and yeah.. I work with him all the time but he will not say anything else …I was wondering do you think I should get a speach therapist involved…he play and runs also jumps around but I just do not know what to do …
    Thanks,

  97. Jennifer - You definitely need to get an SLP involved. Using only a couple of words at 2 1/2 is a real red flag and indicates a significant expressive language delay. You should speak to his pediatrician or better yet, go ahead and call your state’s early intervention program for an assessment. With only a few words, it is highly likely he will qualify for speech therapy. I’d encourage you to do this NOW rather than waiting. Laura

  98. Hi, my 18 month old son only says a couple of words and I am beginning to get concerned. He is able to understand what we say to him and points and grunts to get what he wants. He jabbers away in baby talk all the time. I am in Australia and have tried to order your DVD, but apparently I don’t have a valid shipping address.

  99. Anna - Google won’t let anyone order internationally unless you order thru an email invoice. Email me at laura@teachmetotalk.com, and I’ll send it to you. We’re working to get this changed! Sorry for the inconvenience! Laura

  100. Hi…Im not sure why you did not post my last comment but I feel it is important to let your readers know that it is not their fault that their child is not talking!!! I also feel it is important to make them aware of the omega 3 defiency!!!

  101. Laura,
    I just found your web site and am learning lots of interesting info. My granddaughter is 19 months old and only has a few words. She says “mama”, “dada”, “sis-sis” (her sister), “hat” (for cat and for hat), and “hot”. I have heard her say “bye” once. She understands everything so the cognition is not a problem. She is very advanced in all other areas (more like 2 1/2 per the development charts). Her lack of language skills really have me worried. She doesn’t even seem to show any interest in talking. She jabbers in her own little language all the time. She definately uses inflections in her speech. She always wants us to tell her not only the names of objects but what they are used for. She seems to undertand al this. Her memory is also amazing for her age. I’ve often said she sounds as if she’s talking in “twin speak” but there is no other baby around! Should I be this concerned and should she be seeing a speech professional?

  102. Carole - By 18 months children should have at least 15 words they use consistently, so I understand your concern for her. I’m also glad you recognize what an important role language comprehension plays in learning to develop expressive language. Keep reading and using the suggestions here from the site, and you may want to check out the DVD Teach Me To Talk to SHOW you how to work with her. If those things don’t help her learn new words, then I’d definitely have her evaluated by a pediatric speech-language pathologist, and certainly if she’s not picked up LOTS of new words and isn’t doing some phrases by her 2nd birthday. Good luck and let me know if there are any other questions I can answer for you. Laura

  103. INTERNATIONAL READERS -If you’ve recently tried to order Teach Me To Talk the DVD or any other DVD in our series and were told by Google that we don’t ship internationally, I have good news. We have worked out a solution for you! Send me an email at Laura@teachmetotalk.com with which DVDs you’d like to order and your country, and I’ll send you a special link which should allow us to process your order. Thanks!! Laura

  104. Hi Laura,

    I just order your TeachMetoTalk DVD, because my child is 12 1/2 and she has not said a word. She is reach to two twice per day, we commentate on always everything with her, and still not a word.Her situation is further compounded by the fact that she a small head that is below all growth percentile curves.Her paediatrician has always been concerned about her head size, but got concerned that she was not saying a word or babbling her b’s and p’s at 12months. She will be evaluated in the next 2 weeks, but i think i will get your DVD within a week. I am beginning to believe that head size is the cause of her language delay.

  105. Keisha - Thanks for clarification that your daughter is 12 1/2 MONTHS old, not YEARS old as I previously thought!

    I would definitely pursue your medical and developmental evaluations so that you can find out exactly what’s going on with her. Be sure you’re asking all of your questions during the assessments so that your concerns are addressed by professionals who can give you specific answers. Good luck with everything! I’m glad you’re pursuing these evaluations now while she’s so young. No matter what the problem turns out to be, things will work out better than if you had waited until she’s older.

    I hope you like the DVD!! Laura

  106. Hi Laura,
    What a great website you have!!!! I just discovered it this week and I can’t stop reading all of the information. I am trying to convince my husband that we need to buy your dvds for my son. Of course, he thinks everything is perfectly ok with him… Maybe he is right but I want to be on top of things. My son is 22 months and I think has a speech delay. Per our pediatrician, we had him evaluated at 15 months. At the time, they said that, in his age range, he was on the low end of normal.. but if he would have been checked one month later, he would have qualified for treatment. They told me to keep an eye on him and call again if things didn’t improve. Well, he has improved from where he was, but I don’t think he is on the same level as others his age. I counted up his words yesterday, and I came up with 35. Now, some of those are used all the time, and others, I have only heard a few times. Some are clear and others are “guck”for truck and “breh” for bread. Also, his hearing is fine, but it seems like he has selective hearing. He only responds to his name 60 % of the time but he will follow commands like “go get your shoes”. etc.. He is talking all of the time but not making any sense. Sounds like he really thinks he is making since but, bless his heart, it still sounds like a lot of babble. The only 2 word phrases he has is “all clean actually all keen” and “bye bye car”.
    One more thought, he is very shy in new situations, freezes in place, but once he is comfortable he is very outgoing.

    I have been practicing your play techniques, and he seems to love to play with me now. I used to think that he just loved to play by himself and didn’t want me there.. but your website has taught me otherwise!!!! His favorite thing to do his push around his toy cars, now I make sure I am there with him narrating the play and adding fun noises. He just thinks that is so funny. Anyways… enough of my rambling. Just wanted to get your thoughts of a 22 month old with around 35 words. Do you think that because he has made progress that I should still be concerned? I would love to hear your thoughts. I need to tell my husband that this is money well spent. :)

  107. Jennifer - I’m so glad you like the website!! You’re exactly the kind of mom I write for!!

    Having 35 words at 22 months is not alarming to me. The minimum vocabulary for a child by 24 months is 50 words and frequent, novel 2 word phrases, so is on his way to meeting this goal. However, it is a MINIMUM benchmark, and many 2 year olds well-exceed this level.

    That being said, DON”T GIVE UP and think he’s doomed since he’s not there yet! A go-getter mom like you CAN make a REAL difference!!!

    Keep reading the ideas on the website and implementing those with him. I love that he’s responding to you in play now - that’s such an important “IN” for parents, and good for you for making that connection with him!!

    Either way, good luck with him!!!! Laura

  108. Laura,
    I was just wondering if you had heard anything about usin Efalex or Pro EFA to help late talkers? I ordered some Pro EFA yesterday. Has anyone else heard stories of this? Thanks!!

  109. Jessica - There are a couple of articles in the apraxia section about using supplements. I’ve had parents who swear by it and think it made a huge difference and parents who don’t think it made any difference. I make it a practice to encourage parents to do their own research and decide what’s right for them and their child. Laura

  110. Laura,

    It has been awile since I posted and I can’t find my previous posts but I wanted to give you a quick update. I took my son , now 22 months old, to an SLP at our local hospital and suggested to her that I thought possible apraxia. She insisted it is not apraxia because he learns signs too quick and his receptive language is right on with his age. She said she guesses he does not say any words because he did not do much tummy time when he was a baby due to his reflux. She wants us to use only straw sippy cups and do tummy time everyday. I talked to my service coordinater and she suggested I take him to a neuroligist but I do not feel that is necessary at this time. Maybe I am wrong but I think I should give it a couple months. I would rather try supplements and exercises to start with then go to the neurologist if I don’t see any improvements in the next couple months. I know it is hard for you to say but at what age would you recommend a neurologist? We have been noticing more sounds but no actual words yet. He has been making the noises that go along with “raspberries” and making hhhmmmmm noises. He stared going up and down the stairs, loves doing tummy time in the tub now, and has been learning a few signs. We threw out all his “regular” sippy cups and have nothing but straw ones now and bought him an electric toothbrush to see if we notice any difference. She also had us start him on probiotics. He has been doing much better with his “shapes toys” so I hope his next step is some words! I really like the SLP we took him to and I hope she is right that with a little work he will be talking in no time.

  111. Jessica - Thanks for your update. I’m glad you like the SLP you’re seeing, and I hope your son continues to progress.

    I do feel compelled to comment on a couple of your comments just to clarify a few points for other readers. These comments may have nothing to do with your son’s case and they certainly don’t imply anything about his treatment, but I do want to point out a few things in case other moms or SLPs are reading and thinking the same things I am.

    Unless apraxia is only a part of a child’s larger diagnosis (such as autism or Down Syndrome), he most likely will have normal receptive language skills. Apraxia is a SPEECH diagnosis (not language), so ruling out apraxia based on how a child understands language doesn’t make sense clinically.

    Unless a child is globally apraxic, meaning that the apraxia affects his overall coordination in his hands and arms, he can still be a great signer. Many children exhibit verbal motor planning difficulties but are very proficient signers. Using a child’s ability to sign is not always the best clinical indicator to confirm/deny a diagnosis of apraxia.

    It sounds like she thinks either sensory issues and/or muscle tone issues are his main challenges based on her treatment strategies. If you feel like he’s making progress, by all means, keep doing what you’re doing!! It’s great that he’s vocalizing more and learning some signs.

    I also support your decision to hold off on the neurologist for right now. Usually the recommendation from a neuro consult for speech-language delayed kids is to get speech therapy and you’re already doing that! Unless you need a firm diagnosis to continue treatment, you may not need a neuro consult at all. If he doesn’t make progress in the next 6 months, you might want to reconsider, but I don’t think waiting now is a bad idea.

    Thanks for your update and good luck!! Laura

  112. Hi Laura, I’m not sure if my comment ever posted because i don’t see it so forgive me if you already read my story. I have a beautiful 28 mo old son. He was evaluated by a speech pathologist and a registered nurse at the age of 25 mo due to his lack of speech (10-12 single words). They determined that he had an expressive language delay. His motor, cognitive, receptive language skills were up to par. In October he started attending the early start program twice a week. It’s been two months and I already notice an improvement. He now has a 15-20 word vocab and has started putting 2 words together. ALthough i still have a couple of concerns. One is that he hurts himself whenever he is upset. Either by biting or banging his head on something. When he was being evaluated they didn’t ask about that and I didn’t think to bring it up. Another thing that concerns me is that he really doesn’t play with other children. His cousin lives with us so he will play well with her but he plays by himself when any other children are around. This question was addressed when he was being evaluated. He gives hugs and kisses, smiles, good eye contact, etc. Should I have him re-evaluated or is this also normal toddler behavior?

  113. Maribel - Thank you for your question. If I were you, I’d just mention those concerns to the therapists who are seeing him in the Early Start program. If they think he should be seen by other professionals, such as OT for the head banging/sensory seeking behavior, they will give you those referrals.

    As far as the social question, many children with language delays are slower to start to play with other children. Parallel play is also noted quite frequently in toddlers without developmental issues as well, so I’d not worry about this unless the therapists in your Early Start program mention this as a concern.

    You did a great job getting him evaluated and receiving services at such as early age. Congratulations to you and I hope he continues to progress!! Laura

  114. I’m a new SLP that has just started working with the 0-3 population. I’ve only had a handful of sessions, but I’m feeling VERY overwhelmed. I haven’t had much training in working with this group. I’ve only been told to use materials that the children have at their house so that parents won’t think we’re using anything special.

    I don’t feel like I’m making good use of my time and that I’m providing “bad speech therapy” and know that it could be worse than no therapy at all.

    Can the DVD Teach Me To Talk help me too? or is it just for parents?

  115. Nancy - LOTS of SLPs have ordered all of my DVDs, and I routinely get feedback from newer SLPs that they not only use the DVDs as a parent training tool, but benefited from the info themselves. I’ve also sold sets to many grad school programs for professors who use them in classes as a teaching too. Every DVD is full of real therapy with kids who were on my caseload at the time. Look at the clips because they are very representative of what you’ll get. The main reason I filmed the DVDS (as well as launched the website and podcast) is to help SLPs who are working in early intervention since our resources are very limited compared to what’s out there for working with other populations. I don’t think you’ll regret the purchase! Laura

  116. Ok, I bought the DVD and it was great! Very motivating!! But now I’m not sure how to go about doing some of it. For working with 1 child at a time, it has helped a lot. But, I just started working with a family that has twin 2 year old boys. They both get therapy in their home. So I’m there for 2 hours 2 times a week (each is to get 2 hours per week) and I’m completely overwhelmed. I am having a hart time keeping them engaged for that long. I feel like I’m just reinforcing things that they can already do and not sure how to work on adding new skills because they’re running all over their apartment or fighting with each other or throwing things. I have been able to get them focused on a few things a few times. I have been semi-successful with the withholding, but there are days when if you ask them to make a response other than pointing, they throw a complete temper tantrum. It also doesn’t help that they’re mainly Spanish speaking and I’m not. What kinds of materials or activities can I keep them enterained with for 4 hours a week?? It’s such a long time and I end up feeling like I’m just sitting there watching them play and not being of benefit…

  117. Nancy - First of all, I have treated lots of sets of multiples (twins and triplets), and lots of kids with a slightly older or younger sibling at home, and if they are very active like you describe, unless you have a ‘lesson plan’ like you would for a playgroup/preschool setting, 2 hours is too long to be there. Can you go 4 days a week for an hour?

    If not, then I would really, really suggest that you think about this more like ‘group therapy’ and plan ahead with a ways to alternate different kinds of activities rather than following them around.

    For example:

    1. Start with a movement/gross motor activity like blowing and popping bubbles so that they get their initial movement opportunity so that they can be ready to sit for a little while.

    2. Then do a sit down activity like Potato Heads where you hold the bag and control the pieces they get making them request what they want (example on Teach Me To Talk DVD)

    3. Then maybe do another activity where they are up and moving like a puzzle relay/race. Do this by placing a puzzle across the room. You sit on the other side and have them get one piece at a time, name it, then run across the room to place it in the puzzle while you have the other twin name the puzzle piece (You can see examples of these kinds of games on Teach Me To Listen and Obey 2.)

    4.Then do snack while seated on the floor giving only one bite/piece at a time (Great examples with snacks with siblings on Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia/Phonological Disorders).

    5. Then try more of an sensory/art-like activity at the table - play-doh, shaving cream, stickers, etc….

    5. Then another movement activity like like balloons, or a game like Elefun, or another “launcher” kind of toy where you are having them move as part of the play/game/toy.

    6. Then maybe another sit down activity with toys on the floor where you’re all playing the same thing with various parts and pieces- trains with a track, dolls and accessories, farm with animals, etc…

    Build in transition routines like everybody helping clean up while singing the clean up song from Barney before moving on to the next activity. Be MILITANT about not letting them move on to do something else or rip other toys out of your bag. If it doesn’t seem like they want to do what you’ve planned, then you’re likely not being fun enough or purposeful enough. Up your enthusiasm level, your playfulness, and your sense of being in control of the “classroom” more like a teacher would with your voice and direct commands and expectations, and they should begin to follow the routine a little more. Do try to be a little flexible in what you’ve planned, but if behavior is really out of control and they are running wild, then you’ll have to have mom handle the behaviors with “time out” by having her hold one seated away from you and the fun until he is ready to play and listen.

    The premise is you take in pre-planned activities where you’re in control and that you plan to move then sit, move then sit. Even in a small apt you should be able to do one activity in the main living area, then move to the dining table, then back to living area, etc…

    If you happen to live where the weather is (even almost) warmer now, do part of the session outside too. Putting on shoes and jackets to get ready to go outside can be GREAT language learning time. Even going out for 15 minutes to kick a ball around, or take a walk, or jump/run/stomp is lots of fun and will help them calm down when you go back inside.

    I would also INSIST that mom and/or whatever adult is there actively participate in the session. This will allow for you to trade off and be 1:1 when it’s really tough. If worse comes to worse and you can’t make it work with both of them together for all or most of the time, tag team with mom and have her do something else with one of them for part of the time, then switch. Ideally mom will stay with you so that you’re actually teaching her what to do when you’re not there and coaching her thru interacting with them. Some days, that may not be possible.

    I hope these ideas help! If you have more specific questions, let me know. FYI - The other DVDs have better examples of sibling activities :) Laura

  118. hi laura.
    my son is 34 months and can hardly speak.he only knows aproximately 10 words.he constantly repeats one particular word which sounds like i love you but he says “I LALA”.he speaks all day long a language that i dont understand. he follows simple instructions like “go to the toilet” or sit on the chair but his cocentration is vely low.

    he used to repetitively run up and down the room looking at the floor and make a car noise with his mouth and he would do this for hours if you dont stop him,and he would throw a tantrum when you tell him to stop. this behaviour has improved now and he seems interested in playing with toys, especially cars.

    he copies and repeats what i say but does not use his own words. he copies all the songs on TV , the words are similar but the rhyme is exactly the same. for example he would sing “twinkle twinkle litte star” but use other words which sound similar.

    we moved from london (UK)a year ago to saudi arabia due to a job opportunity offered to my husband.
    I tried to get him checked out but my local doctor said it was too early and i should be patient, also, speach therapy is not offered to children with speach problems here in saudi.
    iam worried and would like advise on how to help him and what DVD’s to buy.

    thank you and will look foward to your reply.

    Amaal

    ps, iam plannning to go back to London in the summer only for 4 weeks, to see the family, so maybe i can get him cheked out there .

  119. Amaal - Since I can’t see him of course I can’t say for sure what’s going on, but based on what you’ve said, he does have a language delay. I would highly recommend that you try to see a speech-language pathologist and perhaps a developmental pediatrician whenever or wherever you can. I wish that you could get services in your home country, but if you can’t, you’re going to have to do the hard work yourself. My website is full of articles to help you learn how to work with him at home.

    The DVDs I’d recommend for you to learn how to work with him are Teach Me To Talk and Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 and 2. Google is very, very inconsistent with allowing international orders to process. I will send a link to your email address with some options of what may work best for you to help you order those.

    Thanks for your questions and good luck with your son. Laura

  120. Hi Laura,
    I like the web site so much, it is helpful. I have 18 months daughter and she says only dada and mama she doesn’t repeat words or interested in talking. When i play with her she doesn’t sit or focus, she run around the room. Should i worry or is it too early? and which DVD should i order?
    Thank you
    Bayu

  121. Bayu - 18 months is not too early for her to understand words and talk. I’d recommend that you get Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 so that you teach her to understand words and then Teach Me To Talk for ideas for helping her learn to say words. If you’re in the USA, order the DVDs through Google checkout. If you’re outside the USA email us at Johnny@teachmetotalk.com for more assistance. Thanks for your question! Laura

  122. Hi Laura,

    I tried buying so many times on your site and can’t. I am outside US. I sent a message to Johnny@teachmetotalk.com and laura@teachmetotalk.com. Please help.

    Sherry

  123. Sherry - Johnny has emailed you back. Check your spam inbox and see if his reply is in there since you haven’t read it yet. Google is very inconsistent about processing international orders. Most of the time the orders are rejected since the shipping address is outside the USA, but occasionally one will go through. Please follow the suggestions Johnny sent to you in the email. Sorry you’re having trouble, but we don’t have a way to solve this problem just yet! Laura

  124. Dear Laura,
    first of all, congratulations for your helpful website and for all your achievements! I have a 17 month old boy who is not talking yet. A few months ago he was saying mom and “yum” when eating, then he stopped. He started saying mom and papa again last Feb., but stopped again after a few days. Now he’s just saying BAH BAH when we ask him how the sheep goes. He will also imitate a few sounds (dada, eh eh, or a few grunting sounds), but that’s pretty much it. He just started speech therapy with EI. He was a late walker (15 months), but for the rest he’s developing normally (he actually scored a little advanced for his age in some tests). He’s very smart, knows colors and shapes, stacks 10 cubes and puts them back together, and likes to play with us a lot. He is very sociable, smiles a lot, looks at me and points and grunts when he wants something. What could his problem be? His hearing is normal, and he understands us well and responds to commands.
    Thank you so much for all of your help. After seeing the clips on your website and reading all your comments, I’m looking into buying your DVD. I know it will be helpful.
    Gem

  125. Oh, I just wanted to add that my baby babbles a lot when he is playing. We are currently working on making him imitate us physically. Thanks again.

  126. Gem - I’m glad he’s in speech through your EI program. He sounds like he has some real social and cognitive strengths - congratulations! One tiny little word of advice to you - I would stop the focus on colors and shapes and work on real words he can use everyday. When we focus on those pre-academic skills (colors, shapes, letters, and numbers), we lose time when we could be focusing on other things. Keep reading here on the site and following the advice of your SLP since those recommendations will be specific to your situation. Since he’s so young, you’re working on right things first with animal sounds to get that verbal imitation going, and I’d also recommend incorporating some signs, which will work well with your focus on imitating actions. Keep us updated on how he’s doing! It sounds like you’re on the right track! Laura

  127. Laura, thank you so much for your quick reply, and for your good words of encouragement! I will follow your advice, and I will keep reading your website for ideas. I will also keep you all updated and share anything that I think could be helpful to other families.
    You are such a good person, Laura! I can tell how much you care about kids. You are making a difference in the life of so many people. I wish you all the best!

  128. Hi Laura, you mentioned teaching animal sounds to our 17 month old boy who is still not talking. I was wondering if you could tell us what the best way to teach animal sounds is. We asked our SP, but she couldn’t give us any useful ideas. Thank you for your help, we really appreciate.

  129. Gem - Just model the animal sounds when you’re playing with animals. You can use plastic farm animals and a barn, a farm animal puzzle, or books, if he’s interested in pictures. DON”T do a big drill without any props- what does the cow say, what does the pig say, what does the dog say, etc… but teach them during the context of play using objects/toys. I will tell you that I’m a little worried your SLP couldn’t come up with that on her own… Are you playing with toys during therapy? If not, then you should make that happen. Play is how ALL toddlers learn, during therapy and after with mom and dad. Hope this answer helped. I like this question so much that I’m going to use it on the last half of the podcast this Thursday, May 6 at 2 pm. Listen for more ideas! Laura

  130. Hello Laura,
    thank you for addressing my question on last week’s podcast. I listened to it, and it was very helpful. Regarding my SLP and her “advice” on animal sounds, I wish I had misunderstood, but to be honest there was very little to mis/understand! She said I should touch his lips (why? he’s already making many different labial sounds, and he knows his lips are there) while I’m making sounds. That was it! I’m a little concerned. She has 25 years of experience, and she’s a nice person, but sometimes it seems like she has no agenda. She pays with him, but will go from one activity to the next without really giving him the time to respond. I’ll see how it goes in the next few sessions, and I’ll consider talking to our coordinator.
    I have a couple of questions (I hope I’m not abusing of your patience). My baby only points to things with his whole hand, and he will often open and close it as if to say “give that to me”. When he points to pictures in books (and he can really identify many), he mostly uses his whole hand, or the tips of his fingers (never the index alone). Could this be a problem?
    Also, he doesn’t wave bye bye, but if you ask “give me five” he will do it, and he will shake hands with you if you say “good morning” and stretch your arm towards him. Does that count as much as waving bye bye?
    I love my baby so much, and I see that he’s developing normally in every other area except talking. This gives me hope! What dvd do you recommend for my baby? I think the Teach Me To Talk sounds the more appropriate, but pls let me know.
    Laura, thank you again for all your advice. You are so helpful for so many people!

  131. Gem - Well, I’m glad that you could get some ideas from our advice from the podcast. I love that he’s gesturing with you, and you want to keep building those actions since that intent is the foundation for words. On last week’s show we talked about ideas to help a child learn how to point, so listen to that show and implement those at home with him. We also talked about teaching other gestures. Check out that show.

    I do think Teach Me To Talk is the best DVD to give you new ideas to help him learn how to talk. Don’t forget to use the coupon SPRING to save 15%! I hope the DVD helps!! Laura

  132. Hi Laura.

    my son is 3 yrs/10 months and can hardly speak. he only knows approximately 10 words. He constantly repeats one particular word which sounds like “BoBo” (Boy) which we use to call him from his early stage. He blabs some words i cannot understand to him self all day long. He follows simple instructions like “go to the room”, “sit on the chair”, “shake me” and “give me five” etc but with low concentration.

    He used to repetitively run up and down the room, jumping up and down and make a car noise with his mouth and he would do this for hours if you don’t stop him, and he would throw spit at you when you tell him to stop.

    He copies and repeats what i say but in words i cannot understand. He copies songs on TV, the words are different but the rhymes is exactly the same.

    We leave in Nigeria west Africa, where i know i cannot get your DVD but the Speech Therapist is attainding to him both in school and at home but it seems no tremendous improvement for four (4). How long do you think speech improvement should start to exhibit in him?

    I am worried and would like advise on how to help him and what DVDs to buy.

    thank you and will look forward to your reply.

    Linda

  133. Dear Laura,

    I am interested in the “Teach Me To Talk” DVD. I am currently residing in Malaysia (a country located north of Singapore). Could you let me know which dealers or shops sell all this range of DVDs?

    Thanking you in advance.

    Kind regards,

    Phua

  134. Phua - My DVDs are sold exclusively from here on this website. Google checkout is inconsistently processing international orders. You can try to order from one of the “autism” links since these articles seem to continue to process international orders. I may also have a way to accept Pay Pal if this is the only way you can order. Let me know. Email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com.

  135. Hello,
    I was just wondering, have you ever had success using this method with an older child? My daughter is 8 yrs old, she has Down Syndrome and is autistic. She had some babbling and maybe 3-4 words she was using consistently up until about 3 yrs of age, then it all just stopped. Nothing but grunting and lots of yelling now. She can sign about 30 words, but only a couple she uses consistently and in the right context. From about birth to 3 yrs of age she attended the Bell Center in Birmingham AL(which is excellent, great therapist) and they did a lot of what you show in your videos, and I also worked religiously with her at that age. But over the years her therapist and me too have gotten away from that gradually. We still work with her, but now it’s more art work and educational computer games, etc. I don’t know, I feel like I’ve tried everything. But part of me wonders if maybe I should just start from the begining again. Maybe do something right that I did wrong the first time and it will click for her. Any thoughts?
    Thank you!
    Theresa Bryant

  136. Theresa - I just got an email today from a mom with a 7 year old with significant delays who got the DVDs 2 years ago when I first published them. She said she gave up and put them away for a while, but she has pulled them back out since her little boy likes to watch them (not my intent, but I’m glad nonetheless!), and he’s now making some progress during play with her since she’s gone back to that very simple, very basic, very FUN approach.

    I think it’s never too late for speech and language to improve. Don’t give up!! You know that I only see younger children, but my colleagues have told me that they have had children begin to talk for the very first time at 7 or 8 and even older, so it’s not too late! Around Christmas time this year a mom with a severely affected 6 year old wrote me and said that she took over Christmas holidays to commit to playing with her little girl, and she began to imitate some words when she had not done this consistently before for her. I think the main reason this is successful with older kids is because you are meeting them where they are developmentally. Your materials may be different (Barbies as opposed to baby dolls), but your APPROACH needs to match where they are language-wise. Does that make sense to you?

    I’d encourage you to give it a try. It can’t hurt! Besides, what kid doesn’t want to play with a fun, engaged mommy? Let us know how it goes!! Laura

  137. Hi Laura.

    my son is 3 yrs/10 months and can hardly speak. he only knows approximately 10 words. He constantly repeats one particular word which sounds like “BoBo” (Boy) which we use to call him from his early stage. He blabs some words i cannot understand to him self all day long. He follows simple instructions like “go to the room”, “sit on the chair”, “shake me” and “give me five” etc but with low concentration.

    He used to repetitively run up and down the room, jumping up and down and make a car noise with his mouth and he would do this for hours if you don’t stop him, and he would throw spit at you when you tell him to stop.

    He copies and repeats what i say but in words i cannot understand. He copies songs on TV, the words are different but the rhymes is exactly the same.

    We leave in Nigeria west Africa, where i know i cannot get your DVD but the Speech Therapist is attainding to him both in school and at home but it seems no tremendous improvement for four (4). How long do you think speech improvement should start to exhibit in him?

    I am worried and would like advise on how to help him and what DVDs to buy.

    thank you and will look forward to your reply.

    Linda

  138. Hi Laura! Please help…. I have this kid who’s three years old and been diagnosed with ASD. He can only say mama, papa and other babbling sounds. How can I get him to talk? How can I get him to say the sound of vowels sounds? thanks and good day

  139. Diane - This whole website is one big answer to your question - “How can I get him to talk?” To see these strategies in action, check out my DVDs.

    As far as specific ideas for teaching vowel sounds, you’re going to need to do this in the context of play to keep him engaged with you; not just “Say this sound…” I like to use animal noises and other novel play sounds to target vowels with toddlers.

    I hope this child is also in speech therapy so the SLP can teach you how to work with him at home.

    Since he’s gotten a diagnosis of ASD, you’ll want to be sure you’re targeting social skills and his level of engagement and interaction with you AND his language comprehension skills as the biggest focuses for working with him. Children can’t talk until they are connected with you and understand language. Address these two big areas so that when he can talk, he’ll actually have a reason for communicating AND something to talk about!

    I strongly, strongly recommend the DVDs so you can see plenty of examples for how to work with him at home.

    Thanks for your question, and keep reading the articles here on the site for more specific ideas. Laura

  140. Hi Laura,

    My name is Grace and I have a 5yo boy who has ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder and is Non-Verbal.

    I would like to know if I can purchase your DVDs? I am from Australia and would like to know what the shipping cost would be?

    Thanks heaps,

    Grace G

  141. Hi Laura! I just received the “Teach Me to Talk” DVD & am excited to watch it. As I was reading through your website & comments I am wondering if this is the DVD I should start with. My son is almost 23 months old and does not yet have words nor does he understand simple commands. He has been in speech therapy for about a month & half & just started OT. He does babble all day long, but no real clear words other than dada. And although he does not point he can communicate what he wants through taking our hand and leading us to where he wants & then gesturing with our hand what he wants. But still he does not understand what we are saying to him. Should I start with the “Teach me to Obey & Listen” DVD? Thanks so much!!
    Mindy

  142. Mindy - Kate and I discussed your question at length on the podcast yesterday, so take a listen for a complete answer. It’s show #82 and you can find it below the blogtalkradio.com icon in the right column of the page. Hope it helps answer your question. Laura

  143. Grace - Google checkout is being very inconsistent about processing international orders, so you’ll need to email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com for possible suggestions. I only sell the DVDs from here on the website. International shipping is $15 for prioirty mail through the USA Postal Service. Laura

  144. I have a son that just turned two and he doesn’t say but 5 to 6 words. His pediatrician says if he doesn’t say at least 10 words in 3 to 6 months then I should concider speech therapist. About a year ago I started teaching a few words in sign language, he will sign them but will not say them with his mouth is there something I am doing wrong or should I continue. About a month ago someone told me it was mistake to teach my son sign language she said that is his hold up, what is your opinion and input on this?

  145. Christine - I wouldn’t wait the 3-6 months and then get an eeval. Go ahead and pursue speech therapy now since your son does have an expressive language delay. By the time a child turns 2, he should have a MINIMUM of 50 words he uses on his own. You can pursue speech therapy through your state’s early intervention program. Google your state’s name and the phrase “early intervention” for contact information. I would urge you to do that immediately since it will take some time to get the process going, and those services end when a child turns 3.

    I recommend sign language wholeheartedly for toddlers. Contrary to what someone told you, sign language does NOT prevent a child from talking! Actually it does the opposite since it takes the pressure off and relieves the frustration, so keep pursuing that as well. Check out articles in the sign language section for reference.

    Thanks for your question! Laura

  146. I have twin boys who are two years old bgoth boys do not talk. They both maybe say no and thats all,they have been in speech therapy for the past six months and still no words.

  147. Carlena - Hang in there! It’s tough when it seems like therapy isn’t working! Are you using a playful approach? Is there another diagnosis going on which is also affecting how they understand words and interact with others? I don’t really have enough info from you to make specific recommendations. Hopefully you’ll find some new ideas here on the website, and I’d also recommend that you check out my DVDs for demonstrations of how to work with them at home. Laura

  148. My son is 25 months old (23 moths adjusted) He was born at 30 weeks. We are doing an evaluation because he only says a few words “Bu” for balloon , ball, “Ku” for cookies, “Hi” and “Bab” for bye and “cacc” for car. But he can say mama and “Agua”= water, and “Uva” = grapes. We speak Spanish but he is learning English too. He also make sounds for the cow, horse, dog and pig. He can follow simple directions not all the time but he does. We go to gymboree and that seems to helps too. We are waiting for the evaluation result but before we did that he was watching a DVD ” My baby can talk” He learned almost all the baby signs, and I’m very interesting in buying your DVDS too. What do you recommend?

  149. Hi Laura! My son is going to start speech therapy soon. He bubbles all the time and says 20 words total. He follows simple directions and he already recognizes colors, red goes in red basket and so on. He likes to play with blocks and legos and he is good at that. I forgot to tell you all these in my first comment. I don’t know which DVD should I buy? or there is only one kind? I’m confused. Thank you!

  150. Dear Laura,
    we have previously corresponded about my daughter who had apraxia.she is now trying her best to learn new things and words, now she has become inquisitive asking about things mostly ‘whys’

    Thank you very much for the advice you have given previously we have shifted our 4 year old daughter in another school where they are giving her special attention and the pattern of explaining is totally different from the previous school.now she will be 5 next month and she has learned to write her name though crude and now able to recognise pictures and learned almost whole of the english alphabets (to write also).She is also able to say what she needs though not grammatically correct.

    Seeing this and following your advice I would like to ask you about kids of more age say 10-12 years of age.I tutor kids at home and recently I have two kids both brothers,the problem with the youngest is that he learns spelling orally and when writing ie giving test he makes mistakes even after being corrected, he writes p as 9, b as d.He just dosen’t remember things in sequence. This is the first time I am handeling kids like these.can you give me advice on what is going on with these kids or is it that they are simply unfocused!Because it seems that for certain things like reading or other spellings they are ok.

  151. hi there

    interested to buy yr copy of DVD. Do u ship to singapore. and how fast can u do it ?

  152. Jacki - Email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com and I’ll give you some options for ordering the DVD. Google checkout is very inconsistent about processing international orders. The USPS rate of delivery is typically about 14 days for international orders according to the latest info they have provided for us. Laura

  153. I would like to order your dvd. Is their anyway to pay by money order?

  154. Jim - Follow the directions for ordering by mail :

    http://teachmetotalk.com/2010/04/07/mail-orders-for-dvds/

    Laura

  155. I am the parent of a 4 year old son who is not yet using phrases. A lot of the words he uses are still hard to decipher… he has been in speech therapy for 2 years now.. is there any tool you would recommend to speed up his language.

  156. Laura-

    My son is 2 1/2 years old and has a limited vocabulary, he can say about 20 words, but knows and recognizes many more. He also uses sounds and gestures to describe certain toys or objects. He seems to understand what is being said to him and follows direction quite well. A little over a year ago he seemed to be right on target with his communication and then my sister-in-law was killed in a car accident. My son was close with her and was also surrounded by a lot of emotion, this was followed by the birth of his baby brother 8 months ago. Is it possible that these life events have caused a regression in his development? If so are there some tips or techniques that you could recommend for us? Or should we be concerned that it is something else? We do have a meeting schedule with a speech thearpist in the next few weeks. Thank you in advance for your help.

  157. My grandson is 3 and isn’t speaking any sentances barely 2 words together. Every word has an a or uh sond on the end is there anyone with a suggestion?

  158. Hello Laura,

    I am the mother of a wonderful 33 month old daughter Katherine. She is very delayed in her speech (mi for milk, uh for up) and lots of babbling -mamama, bababa- and strings of vowel sounds. She also has limited receptive language abilities (has trouble with simple commands like get your shoes or let’s go outside). Katherine suffered from chronic ear infections from her first birthday until she got tubes at 23 months to treat a moderate hearing loss. Subsequent testing shows her hearing is now within normal limits. We were told to expect a language explosion but it has yet to happen. We have done two rounds of speech therapy and she will be starting more intense one-to-one therapy with an SLP shortly but no one is able to give us an idea what the problem might be (delay, apraxia, etc.). Just wondering if you had any ideas?

    Thanks for your help!

  159. Hi Debbie - Without seeing her I have no idea of really knowing what’s going on with her, but it sounds like there’s both a receptive and an expressive component, and I’m glad you’re doing 1:1 speech therapy now. Hopefully your SLP will be able to tease out what’s going on with her, but she must learn what words mean BEFORE she’s able to use those words to talk, so start by addressing her receptive language issues. My DVDs Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 and 2 will give you some ideas to help you work with her at home while you’re waiting on therapy to begin. Laura

  160. Hi Laura,

    I am starting to become concerned about my toddler’s speech development and Id love to try out your dvd. When I tried to order it, the site said that it doesnt deliver to my address in Australia. Is there anyway to get it delivered?

    Thanks

    Talitha

  161. Talitha - All orders outside the USA are invoiced through PayPal. Send me an email with what products you want, and I’ll send you the invoice via email. Shipping for DVDs is $15 and shipping for any manual is $35 for one or $40 for both. Email me with any other specific questions at Laura@teachmetotalk.com. Laura

  162. Hi there! I just found your website this afternoon and would love any input you can give me!!

    My daughter just turned three at the end of May. She only has a total of approximately 10 spoken words (that are understandable) right now. She “talks” all the time but it’s still a lot of jargon. She had many (many!) ear infections in her first year and had ear tubes at the age of 7.5 months. She continued to have ear infections until she turned one. Since then, she hasn’t had any problems with ear infections. We took her for a hearing test in March (just to be safe since she still wasn’t talking) and found fluid behind her ears and a decreased level of hearing for low tones. She had tubes for a second time at the end of April. She has been doing speech therapy in our home since she turned two. The speech therapist comes twice a month for about 45 minutes each time. We also had her evaluated at child development center in February in at attempt to get more information about what is going on. The general opinion thus far is that she is a “late talker.” No one has been able to find anything else that would be causing her not to talk although the possibility of an auditory processing problem has been discussed. Our pediatrician mentioned autism for the first time today as a possibility mainly because she still is not showing a lot of progress and sometimes has a hard time transitioning to new situations. This depends on the situation — she was very upset today in his office but had no hesitation to run and play when we went to a local “fun zone” for the first time. She will be starting preschool in six weeks where she will receive speech therapy on a weekly basis as well as other speech help on a daily basis.

    On a more personal note, she is a very smart, sweet little girl. She knows her shapes, colors, and can follow directions (when she wants to!). Her motor skills are also at the appropriate level. She is very strong willed and stubborn and quite certain the world should always work her way. :)

    Any guidance you can give would be so much appreciated.

    Thank you so much!

  163. Hi Laura,

    Your website is amazing! I live in Australia and just discovered it from a Google search! I would love to order your DVDs for my 20 month old son who has a mild receptive / moderate expressive delay and is in speech therapy once a fortnight.

    My question is more of a technical one regarding your DVDs….will they work in international DVD players? What is the American “region/code” for these DVDs? Would love to order them but if they won’t play in Australian DVD players then I can’t!

    Either way thank you for producing such an informative website. You have a wonderful gift and I’m sure so many families are grateful for the information you provide on this site :)

    Many thanks,
    Renata

  164. Hi Renata - I think many parents and therapists outside the USA watch the DVDs using their computers if it won’t work in the player. If you decide you’d like to order, we process all orders outside the USA via PayPal. Email me what you’d like to order and I’ll send you an invoice using PayPal. When the invoice is paid, the products ship. Thanks so much, and I’m glad you’re enjoying the site!! Laura

  165. Hi Laura ~
    I am a mother of two girls. They are 3 1/2 and 2 1/2. My oldest does a lot of babble talk not words. My youngest screams and hums. We did have the oldest in speech therapy before we had to move. Once we got one she liked she started responding. When i asked what i could do at home they told me flash cards. She grabs at them and tares them up and screams when i try to get her to say the word. We have got her to say like 4 words in the past 6 mo but that took a lot of repeating. If u stop making her say them everyday she will seem to forget them all. My youngest just doesn’t care to stay long enough to hear the word and gives you a smile and runs away. I am so LOST!! The only answer i keep getting is that the oldest has a slit case of autism (is how they put it) because, she has the talking issue. I ask if she is autistic why that is the only sign she has. She is very affectionate and looks you in the eyes, and can take directions. I’m sorry to put this all out there I just need help and don’t know where to turn to anymore. If these DVDs can help i will try anything! Thank You for your time.
    ~Maria~

  166. Maria - Both girls need to be in speech therapy based on what you’ve said about their skills. Of course I can’t see them to know what’s going on for sure, but based on what you’ve reported, they both seem to be significantly delayed and both are going to need professional help IN ADDITION to what you’re doing at home. I think flashcards are too frustrating based on how you’ve described her. I use a play-based approach which you can see on the DVD Teach Me To Talk. The DVD is for adults to watch and then implement the techniques - not for children to watch. I think it’s worth a shot, but again, that’s up to you! Laura

  167. Hello Laura.My son is 3years and he doesn`t speak at all just some words mother,father ,baba ,and imitate cat we are biligual we live in Russia i would like to know can i order DVD will it be helpful cause my son understand russian and tajik and haw to order? thank you very much

  168. Manza - The DVDs are for you to watch to learn the techniques to use with him which you can implement in any language. We can ship an order to Russia, but you won’t be able to order it here on the website. All orders outside the USA are processed through PayPal. Setting up that account is pretty easy, and you’ll want to do that first on paypal.com. Then you can email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com to let me know what DVDs you’d like to order. Shipping is $15 for all DVD orders and usually $40 if you want one therapy manual and slightly more for both therapy manuals. Let me know if you have other questions. You can email me directly. Laura

  169. Hi Laura,

    Your site has been very helpful to me–someone new to this topic. From your expertise, Could a baby’s speech delay have anything to do with bilingual parent(s) when the two languages are “mixed” much of the time? My 16 month old boy is not babbling, has only vowels most of the time, and has only about one or two words, like “dada”. He is very quiet I would say. He is normal in every other aspect-playing with big sister, understanding what I say, gestures, following simple instructions, etc. Do you think their brains would be confused by two languages, so they develop more slowly speech-wise? Is that a myth or science? His sister is normal in speech development, but situations could be different now. Any thoughts on this? Should we pursue therapy now or just wait and see? Thanks! I am so worried about it.

  170. Hi,

    If you do want to post my comment, please make a correction to my original comment “…so they develop more slowly speech-wise?”.

    It should be “…so their expressive language develop more slowly?”

    Thanks!

  171. Hi Laura,

    I’m so grateful for finding your website! My son will be 2 in less than a month and says <10 words. I will be taking him to a SLP next month. But I will also be ordering your DVD (via Paypal as we’re in South Africa) to help us at home. I’m one frustrated Mamma - which isn’t fair on my son, I know.

    Now I can’t wait to go through the rest of your site!

    Thanks for making all this information available to us!

  172. Hi Laura,

    My son is 2 years and 2 months and he says words,alphabets,colors.but he haven’t started to say 2 words or a sentence ..what should i do ..can u please help me out.I do not want to send him to a speech therapist.Please reply to me

  173. Hi laura,
    I’m so grateful for finding your website too!!
    i’m italian currently living in hk,
    I speak italian to my 20 months son, but my helper speaks english and he also attend a playgroup 3 times per week with an english teacher.
    He doesn’t seem to follow the teacher all the time, he can’t keep concentrate for long time (chinese kids they CAN!) but he is fun and interested in meeting kids.
    He only say 20 words (mainly in italian). Often when he is alone in his crib i find him repeating the words he is already very familiar to. Sometimes he says a new word for once but he is not able to say it again. When i “force” him (don’t worry i’m nice and weak enough as mom!) with some withholding tricks to say a world, he is not able to imitating me properly and he as lots of problem with the”e”. What does mean this slowly expressing language development? I have lots of italian friends here and they all have very talkative kids….i DO play with her and we have fun together…at least i do!! But i’m still ready to admit this delay could be my fault, maybe i put too much pressure on him…not sure about that!
    Do you think all this has something to do with the bilingual environment? just like sally i’d love to know if it’s myth or science?
    thanks a lot!

  174. Hi Pat. I’m not sure why you wouldn’t want to seek help from a speech language pathologist (speech therapist - same thing) since what you’re describing IS a bonafide expressive language delay. Every state has an early intervention program which offers a free evaluation to children birth to 3 who are not meeting their developmental milestones. If he qualifies for therapy, services will be lower cost or they will access your insurance benefits. If you don’t have insurance, many states provide the services for a participation fee or no cost if you qualify by income.

    The website contains TONS of advice for you with specific “HOW TO” suggestions for working with him at home. Check out the article “Making the Leap from Words to Phrases” for ideas for helping him combine words.

    The DVDs are even more directed by SHOWING you how to target language at home. HOWEVER, NONE OF THESE PRODUCTS SHOULD SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE PARTICULARLY WHEN A CHILD IS DEMONSTRATING A DELAY. I hope this works out for all of you! Laura

  175. Dear Laura,
    Love your website, your information, and mostly your awesome attitude!! Moms can be great therapists, I know, I’ve been one in our house for so many years now. I never planned on that, that’s just the plan God had. This stuff is so wonderful!!! I want to order your DVD “Teach Me to Talk” I get so many of my own creative ideas from amazing people like yourself and I love the way you empower moms and families!! I see from the posts here that you have specials on your DVD’s sometimes. Do you have any specials that your are currently offering? Thaks! Annie E.

  176. Hello Laura!
    My little one couldn’t hear well the first year of her life and after she turned 1 she had tubes put in both ears. Now at 2 she is in speech therapy. My therapist is nice and has made progress, but lately my little one is more frustrated with the therapist. And today the therapist has told me that she has diagnosed my little one with apraxia. I came across your website and I am intrigued. How is it all of a sudden after 3 months of therapy this new word comes out. I have read on speech apraxia and I am just not convinced. My daughter is smart as a whip and understands everything…I am at a loss here, if you could shed any light that would be great! I am talking to my hubby about your dvd. Thank you, Stephanie

  177. Hi Stephanie. It’s really common for an SLP or any other therapist to see a child for a while before talking about a more specific diagnosis to explain a child’s delay. In many cases it’s better to be more certain of what is going on before making any kind of preliminary diagnosis, and it’s sounds like that’s what your SLP did.

    Please know that apraxia is not a diagnosis that has anything to do with how smart you little girl is or how well she understands language. How I explain apraxia to parents is that she knows what she wants to say, but the message somehow short circuits on the way to her mouth. It’s the equivalent of expecting to drive your car on a smooth interstate highway, but you end up on a bumpy, dirt & gravel road instead. The process to automatically and efficiently speak a word has been disrupted. Again - these are the very simplified ways parents have best understood when I’ve explained apraxia to them - just illustrations or examples and not an official definition, but please look those up too.

    Don’t be alarmed by all of the “worst case scenario” stuff you might be reading about kids with apraxia on the internet. Just like with any other diagnosis, there are milder forms all the way to more severe cases. It’s great that she’s in therapy already and early intervention is best for any speech-language delay or disorder.

    Be sure to check out my DVD that targets apraxia if you would like to look at the therapy approaches that are best with toddlers. The same kinds of things an SLP would use with older preschoolers to treat apraxia isn’t always successful with toddlers.

    Thanks so much for your comment, and good luck to you all. Laura

  178. Hi Laura,

    Were from Austrlia.My son is a happy, loving little boy. his 3yrs and 4months old. He has been recently diaganosed with Global development delay. His speech/language is delayed significantly for his age. He can say 10-15words and I can see that his easily frustrated when trying to ask for things. With his speech therapist we are focusing on just sounds with play.. I just wanted to ask if your your dvd will benefit him and improve his speech and confidence?
    thank you
    susan

  179. My son was diagnosed with a Global Developmental Delay. He didn’t walk until Jan 1, 2012 at 19 mos old. He receives PT, OT, and Speech. He is 22 mos old and can only babble, with his main sound being “mom mom.” He doesn’t talk. Mostly he just makes “ah ah” sounds. He’s due back for Neurology in May. Speech therpay has been going on once a week in my home for months. I see NO progress whatsoever. How do you pull speech out of a child that has *none*? It’s not working out, and I have just come across this website, hoping that maybe I have found my answer. I know he understands some things, because we play ball and I’ll tell him to throw it, and he does, and laughs, and other commands he has understood. What do you recommend? Please help my son speak. Thank you.

  180. Hi Susan - The DVD will benefit YOU by teaching you how to work with him so that he can make progress. Since he has global delays, you’ll also want to work just as hard to help him understand language as you do with learning to talk. This lays the foundation so that he learns to link meanings with words. You may need to take a look at Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2 as well so you can SEE how to implement those strategies at home in addition to what you’re learning from your SLP. Parents who work with their children always see more progress than just depending on therapy alone to “fix” what’s wrong. Good luck to you!! Laura

  181. Hi Becky and Laura, my daugther is 25 months and SAME as your son. Doesn’t say a word. Doesn’t look that she understand much when spoken. I tried ECI and speech therapy and also… doesn’t look like it works. She is very vocal.. but no speech. Frustrating. will try DVDs.

  182. Becky - Kids who have significant difficulty leaning to walk have trouble learning to talk too. If there’s a muscle problem for walking, there most likely will be one for talking too. Those kinds of muscle tone problems are also neurologically based - meaning difficulties arise from damage or differences in the brain. Not many professionals or doctors explain this as thoroughly to parents as they should.

    I’m glad your little boy understands some things like playing ball, and I’m so glad you recognize the importance of receptive language. However, please know that a child must understand many words and follow directions in your daily routines consistently BEFORE we can realistically expect him to talk. Parents who can’t come up with many, many things a child does on request are usually missing gaps in a child’s receptive language. Many parents mistakenly believe that a child understands “everything” when there’s very limited evidence he does. Here are the things I ask parents when we’re discussing EXACTLY what a child understands:

    Does he consistently point to body parts when you ask him, “Where’s your ___?” Does he put his cup in the sink when you ask him? Can he go get his shoes when you tell him? When you say, “It’s time for bath” does he go to the bathroom? If you ask him if he wants a snack, does he go to the kitchen? If you say, “Daddy’s home,” does he run to the door? Can he point to pictures in books when you say, “Where’s the dog?” When you want to play together, can he go to his room to retrieve a specific toy you’ve told him to get?

    If not, then he does have a receptive language problem. There’s no guessing or leeway here. If he does those things consistently when you ask, he does understand words. If he doesn’t do those things, then he doesn’t understand words. If that’s the problem, work on receptive language FIRST. If your SLP isn’t doing this, then you’ll need to redirect the focus for treatment. My DVD Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2 will show you exactly how to work on receptive language during play.

    If he is doing all of those things, then the problem likely is with speech - or learning to coordinate all of the complicated physical processes needed to talk. Again - kids who have trouble learning to walk are more at risk for this kind of difficulty learning to talk. Can he imitate anything with his mouth? Can he move his mouth purposefully to vocalize? You may have to begin with teaching him to imitate anything in play - beginning with motor movements. He has the potential to do this since he can play ball with you, but again, this was a very specific example. What other movements can he imitate during play? If he doesn’t routinely follow your lead in play, this is also a problem and should be addressed in therapy.

    Is he using any gestures with you? Any pointing to direct your attention or requesting things he wants? Can he clap with you? Is he waving bye bye? If not, he’s not using the pre-requisites for language. You should be working on those things in therapy and with him at home. If he is doing those things, has he learned to sign? That would be my focus for him. Have you tried signing in therapy?

    ALL of these skills MUST occur BEFORE he’s developmentally ready to talk. That’s just the way we’re made. Maybe your SLP has been working on these things, but you haven’t given her full credit for how she’s trying to lay the foundation to get him ready to talk. If he’s not developmentally ready, then she is doing the right thing by trying to get him there. If she’s been overfocused on the wrong goals, then discuss it with her and revise the treatment plan. If this isn’t realistic for you, find a new SLP and start over.

    Hopefully I’ve given you some things to think about and work on to get him ready to talk. All of my therapy DVDs will show you how to target language in this way. If you’re more of a reader, take a look at Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual. Again - good luck to you and your little boy! Laura

  183. Helen - If she’s not understanding LOTS of directions at 25 months, there is a major problem here. Don’t dismiss that HUGE red flag. You need a second (or 3rd or 4th) opinion if your first team isn’t telling you what you need to know about your daughter. If they are telling you that this is a serious issue, then believe them. Not understanding words at 24 months means that there’s much more going on than late talking.

    If she doesn’t understand language but is vocal, then you must, must, must work on receptive language or how she understands BEFORE she will begin to use words meaningfully.

    I highly recommend Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2. You can SEE how to work with her at home.

    Also - talk with your SLP and EI person about her receptive language and what you all should be doing to make a real difference here. If you’re working on the wrong stuff, you won’t see the same amount of progress as when you’re working on the right skills in the right order in the right way. If not, you’re wasting valuable time for her. I know you don’t want to do that or else you wouldn’t have had her in therapy or be scouring the internet for ideas. Keep fighting for her! You’re her best chance! Laura

  184. Dear Laura,
    For a while i have been scared,but going through your site has given me hope.I have 2 kids,my son is 4 and my daughter is 2 years old.My son can count from 1-20,sing all the songs on barney & friends 60% clearly,understands everything we say,uses his potty but cannot have a conveersation yet.He has been in speech theraphy for 7 months but i can see little difference.My daughter only says mama/mummy.
    My husband’s sister did not speak until she was 6 years old i dont know if all this is blood related.
    It hurts me so much when i see other kids their age talking .
    Kindly advice on how to get the dvd outside us/uk

  185. Dear Laura,

    I am from Malaysia, Asia. If I order the package, will it be delivered to Malaysia?

    Thanks.

  186. We ship to Malaysia frequently Dominic. Order from the website at shop.teachmetotalk.com, and if there’s a problem, I can email you an invoice via PayPal. Email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com and let me know what you want to order. I will help you in any way I can. Laura

  187. Dear Laura
    I have an issue similar to Benny, posted on 30/03/2012. My 4year old son can count up to 10, mention basic and rainbow colours. He’s still battling with no.2 toilet biz but does not wet himself anymore. We have been attending sessions with OT every second week for almost a year now, working on fine motor skills and recently started speech therapy at Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg. The neurologists tell me us they have he’s been cleared off autism and CT scans show no abnormalities. He understands basic instructions which i believe has been aided by routines learned from creche has helped. He repeats whatever is said to him or what he hears on the telly or kiddies movies. We have to call out his name at least 4-5 times before he looks at you while we know he no hearing problems . He dances to every tune and is constantly making beats and harmonies. He imitates melodies and rhythm of songs exactly as it was played but can’t seem to articulate words. The only words he says with meaning are “no”,”sorry”, “gogo” meaning granny in Zulu. I read to him and we create scrapbooks, point and list everyday use items almost daily but he does not seem to remember. I am really worried that he should be starting school in 18 months from now but at the rate we are moving, i dunno if it will ever happen in time. Ooh re feeding, at creche he eats cooked adult meals (his teacher recorded him voluntarily feeding himself mielie-rice, gravy and chicken drumstick!)but at home demands to eat cereals only. I have tried to resist his food demands however it always ends aggresively with broken crockery and food flying over the kitchen cupboards and still unfed child. So I gave in and we keep a selection of cereals from Nestle to Kellogg’s; and there’s peace. Do you think your material can help us or are we too late. We live in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  188. Hi Soni. I don’t think you’re too late. We never, never give up on a child with language problems. I am so happy that you have him in OT and ST already. All of my materials are geared toward helping parents and professionals work with young children through the 3 year or so developmental level, and he certainly falls within this range due to his delays. We ship all over the world every day. If your order won’t process through our online store at shop.teachmetotalk.com, email me with the products you want to purcahse at Laura@teachmetotalk.com and I’ll email you an invoice via PayPal. Good luck to you! Laura

  189. I am trying to help my 30 month old grandson. He babbles but does not form words. He has a speech therapist but I suspec my daughter is not working with him enough as she has a newborn as well. Do you think it will be helpful for me to work with him on the weekends or is this not enough time? There really has not been a diagnosis for him although it was said that he had some red flags for autism. I am worried that he will have no additional EI help once he turns three. I appreciate any advice you can give.

  190. Hi do u ship internationally? I live in Malaysia

  191. Hi Elaine - It will TOTALLY help your grandson for you to work with him for any amount of time you can. Have you observed his SLP in therapy with him so that you can carry over what she recommends? I’d be there for a session so you can see what she’s doing and then repeat those activities.

    If that’s not possible, then I highly recommend my DVDs so that you can see how SLPs work with language delayed toddlers. Start with Teach Me To Talk. If he’s not understanding language, meaning that he follows directions, then you’ll want to work specifically on helping him link meanings with words. He has to learn what words mean BEFORE he uses those words to talk. My DVD Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2 will explain how to do that with him.

    One other thing I want to make sure your family knows is that he can transition to your public school system for additional therapy and preschool services. This is something I would highly recommend for him, so be sure your daughter is following up on that.

    Good luck to you all and reply with any other questions. I love to help grandmothers!!! Laura

  192. Hi Farrah - We FREQUENTLY ship to Malaysia! Place your order on shop.teachmetotalk.com. If it won’t go through for some reason, email me what you’d like to order at Laura@teachmetotalk.com, and I’ll email you a direct invoice through PayPal. Let me know if you need more help! Laura

  193. Dear Laura,

    I’m so happy I found your site. I had this gnawing feeling after the doctor “grilled” us with questions yesterday during my 3yo son’s annual check-up.

    I really didn’t have any cause for concern before because he grew up in a bilingual household. He understands both languages if we talk to him but he could only speak some phrases with our native language but not sentences. As for English, he could recognize letters, numbers from 1-10, shapes, colors and phonics and pronounce them clearly. He could say some phrases and a few sentences too.

    The problem is he can’t express himself well verbally. Sometimes he points with his fingers or sometimes he pulls us towards whatever it is he wants. He could follow simple instructions but not consistently. If he focuses on something like a toy or a tv show, sometimes it is hard to catch his attention. On the other hand, he gets distracted easily at times.

    My question is: Could there be something wrong with him? Our doctor said, even with his bilingual training, he should be able to talk more at his age. The doctor asked us to go back after a couple of months if there’s no improvement in our son’s speech for further testing.

    I’m so sorry for this long post but I have a thousand thoughts racing through my mind right now. I was hoping to use your DVD’s to teach him before our 2 months is up. Please recommend which DVD will be best suited to teach him to talk. Thanks in advance!

  194. Mel- The doctor is right. He should be both understanding and speaking much, much more than he is by his age at 3. I would definitely recommend a speech-language evaluation for him. The best DVD to jumpstart language at home by teaching you how to play with him is Teach Me To Talk, but I’d also recommend Teach Me To Listen and Obey 2 since it seems like there’s probably a receptive language delay as well. You’ll want to address these issues as quickly as possible for him. Birth to 3 and then birth to 5 are CRITICAL developmental periods for language, so I’d not let more time go by before seeing a professional and implementing strategies to help him learn to understand and use more language. Good luck to you all! Laura

  195. my son is 3yr 1 month old. he is having speech delay. he can say mummy,papa and few other words but for most of the words he only pronounce the starting sound like for water “Wa” , for Ball “Ba”. He went through the EI and after turning 3 , school district evaluated him, We didn’t get the report yet from them. He is also going to Speech Therapist. Apart from speech delay , we don’t see any other issue, he can understand what we say, follow the directions, play with other kids. which DVD you would advise for him? Also how do we confirm if it;s apraxia? Secondly he born 1 month pre-mature. he is very thin, at age of 3 he wear 2 yr size dress. Does that has any impact with speech delay?

  196. This is a very good tips especially to those new to blogosphere, brief and accurate information… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article.

  197. Hi Laura,
    My son is 33 months and does not speak in sentences, except to ask for milk or crackers. He does say probably 75 words individually.
    When asked a question, he will only repeat the last few words of the sentences we speak, not really answer the question. If asked “What did you have for lunch today”, he will either not answer at all, or point at something in a different room to distract away from the question.
    Overally, he is very bright, follows complex directions without any problem, has an amazing memory, and his motor skills are fine.
    Which DVD do you recommend? Would you advise a speech pathologist?

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