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April 01, 2011 | Laura | Comments 35

Teach Me To Talk - The Therapy Manual

Teach Me To Talk - The Therapy Manual: A Comprehensive  Guide for Treating Receptive and Expressive Language Delays/Disorders in Toddlers and Young Preschoolers

The book is divided into 2 parts.  

Part I includes the background information to make sure you understand WHY you’re doing what you do in sessions! You’ll learn the overall philosophy, rationale, and treatment hierarchy recommended for successful language therapy with toddlers for the developmental areas of social, cognitive, and both receptive and expressive language skills.

Part II outlines a comprehensive list of therapy goals with highly detailed  instructions for targeting each milestone in sessions with a variety of activity ideas. Specific recommendations are provided to help you tie each goal to realistic and practical carry-over “homework” for parents and caregivers.     

The last two chapters contain activity recommendations based on the KINDS of play we use in therapy and when/why to use those categories and then finally a few problem solving examples to help pull together all of the information.

The regular price is $54.00 for customers who live in the USA. Save more when you purchase this in addition to other products!

To order from our store at teachmetotalk.com, click here. This link processes orders in the USA and around the world using credit cards or your PayPal account.


Early feedback from teachmetotalk.com’s Facebook page:“Awesome book! I’m already using it.” 

“I am sitting around enjoying your new book.”

“Fabulous book!”

“LOVE the new therapy manual!”

“Received Laura’s new manual this weekend. I am a seasoned SLP with 34 rewarding years experience with school aged kiddos. I am retiring from my school position in 2 weeks and have already been hired by a wonderful Early Intervention agency in Pittsburgh. This manual is absolutely fantastic! Extremely organized and tons of functional fun activities for our speech and lang delayed “wee ones”. Thank you Laura for sharing your expertise! Great job!”

“Laura - I just wanted to let you know I’ve had a great week. The OT I work for  has stated several times this week that I seem like a different clinician with fun new stuff!! I feel like I have talked to parents more effectively and had more fun. I’m a about a third of the way through your new book and I am glad it repeats some of the things I learned last Friday in your conference. I love the way you have the information organized. Thanks once again.”

“Laura, Thank you for writing your newest book! I’m half way done with it, and I have sooo many new ideas. You have given great examples to use in several of the areas I struggle with targeting. I also love your ideas for getting parents involved. Every EI therapist should read this book!!!!!!”

“I believe your therapy manual is better entitled “The important things you need to know but didn’t learn in graduate school”. The information presented in your manual so beautifully combines theory with practical application. It has helped me understand language development more thoroughly and most importantly the prerequisite skills which I have seen so many times forgotten about.”

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  1. Just ordered your new book and I can’t wait to get it in the mail. Thanks again for all of your helpful information on your website, DVDs, and books!

  2. and podcasts!

  3. Thanks Erika!! I have been swamped this week, so it was so nice to read positive feedback! I love doing the podcasts, and again, it gives me incentive to keep on plowing ahead when I know that it’s helpful. Laura

  4. Hi Laura - I’ve changed my email address since I ordered your book Teach Me To Talk-The Therapy Manual on 5/1/11 - I have not yet received it & was wondering if you could update me on the status of the order. My order # is 222923543646736. I’m really looking forward to receiving it! Thanks!

  5. Hi Corrin. I just sent you an email too, but I’ll answer your question here on the website since I’ve received a couple of emails asking about this. The book has been on pre-sale. The release date is Monday, May 16, and all orders will ship on that day, barring any disasters between now and then! I’m glad you’re looking forward to it!! Laura

  6. Will the manuals be available at the training sessions? I am attending the Nashville site and was hoping to purchase a manual @ the training. Thanks!

  7. For Facebook fans of teachmetotalk.com: Enter the code BOOK to save $8 on this therapy manual. The coupon expires on 6/1/11. Not a Facebook fan yet? Click ‘Like’ on the column on the right!

  8. Hi Laura,

    My son is almost 6 years old and has ASD, sensory processing disorder, non verbal and developmentally delayed. I would like to purchase either your books or DVDs, but I am unsure if these are more geared toward toddlers? Do you think it will be ok to purchase these items anyway?

  9. Are you offering any discounts/sale prices on your materials that I should know about, for myself & parents?

  10. Is there any way to purchase both the Teach Me to Talk Therapy book and the Teach Me to Play with you, so that the both ship at the same time?

  11. Le Shor - Use this link for to Build Your Own Order. Click the price/order link and about half way down is an option for the Therapy Manual Combo Pack. http://teachmetotalk.com/2011/03/30/build-your-own-order-coupon-for-free-shipping/

  12. Hi Laura

    Im from India. Would like to buy this book.


  13. Hi Laura,

    I’m a psychologist from the Philippines. My son has problems with speech articulation. What book would you recommend? Is there any store in our country where I can directly buy the book…

    Thank you

  14. Hi Laura I would like to purchase your manual and teach me to talk dvd. I live in australia and having trouble buyimg it.



  15. Hi Fleur. I am sending you a direct invoice via PayPal. When it’s paid the products will ship. Check your email! Laura

  16. Hi Laura,

    I am putting my son into speech therapy since he is delayed. Were still going through more evaluations(Another Hearing test, Possibly evaluation for Autism)This is all so overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start other than searching internet articles and trying to educate myself. My friend recommended this website and I’m not sure which DVD and/or Book I should start out with. My son is 22 months. He uses non-verbal communications to get what he wants rather than words. He just started responding to his name and its a hit or miss. He doesn’t understand simple directions like put on shoes or jacket. Can you please help point me in the right direction? Thank you!

  17. Hi Mary. I know it’s overwhelming for you, but you’re doing the right thing by educating yourself and looking for resources. I always recommend that parents start with my first DVD Teach Me to Talk because it outlines the basic play based approach. Since he’s having difficulty with receptive language, I’d also recommend Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 (for now) and 2 (for the next few months when he starts progressing). I’d hold off on the manuals for now, but if he’s not moving along with responding better doing 1:1 interactions the book Teach Me To Play WITH You has some fabulous ideas. Everything is on sale for a few more days, so pick what would be best for you. Read through the articles here on the website too. Most of the “meatier” articles are the oldest ones, so scroll back in each category using the “Older Posts” button until you’re at the beginning article for each category. I also have a weekly podcast where we talk about therapy with toddlers every week. You can listen to the older shows here on the website or download them on iTunes. Check those out in the right column under the icon blogtalkradio. I’m glad you have a friend who is helping point you in the right direction, and even more happy that your little boy has a committed mommy willing to do whatever she can to help him. Good luck to you all! Laura

  18. Hi, I just found this website this week and have been absolutely fascinated. I have a 15(almost 16 month old) girl who has not said her first word yet (she can babble mama dada, baba etc but she has not connected any words to meanings yet). I have been VERY concerned since she was 9 months old that she was getting behind in her milestones regarding speech (it took her awhile to even start consonant babbling)but can get noone to listen to me because I’m a first time mom (though educated and older they still consider me paranoid!) I’m not positive but I think her receptive language is pretty good, she understands simple requests and follows them, responds to her name at least 80% of the time, and knows who several people are (daddy, grandma, the dog etc). She points (with her whole hand to show interest and when she wants something, or to whatever I ask her to point to) and she signs eat, please, and today just started signing “milk”. She smiles and interacts and plays games and instigates games. Though she doesn’t play much with toys, she WILL give hugs and kisses to stuffed animals and crawls up to her rocking horse to pat it and give it kisses. At her 15 month check up SUDDENLY the doctor is concerned because she’s “globally delayed” (based on the fact that she won’t take more then a few steps by herself and hasn’t said any words yet? I wish he would make up his mind to worry about her or not!) He insists on “wait and see” on everything but I insisted on speech therapy for the speech and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I’ve been given the run around since then though as we go through the process of getting a referral (they accidentally asked for the WRONG referral etc) and am STILL waiting to even get a hearing test let alone help with her speech. I tried calling early intervention which here locally is closed until after the holidays (2 more weeks) but I am growing increasingly concerned because the longer I wait to get help the more frantic I feel to help her yet don’t know what else to do. I’m trying everything I can think of and we play LOTS with her, try reading, etc etc…but I don’t know what else to do. I’m on a pretty fixed income (run my own business in this economy, ugh!) and want to get something that will help, but not sure what to get? I can probably only do one item for now, would you suggest the manual or the dvd for teach me to talk? I like the idea of the manual because I can reference it a bit easier, but at this point I just want to try anything that may help. any suggestions if you had to choose one item that could help what I should start with??? (particularly between the manual and the dvd?

  19. I ordered so many products from various companies over the years only to find they were not what I expected. I very much want to order the Therapy Manual but I’m reluctant since I’m not able to view sample pages. Are you able to post 4 to 5 sample pages so that customers can view the product? Thank you in advance.

  20. Hi Shelly. I share your frustration with that dilemma since I too have done that over my career. I don’t have pages posted because my writing style is exactly the same in the manual as here on the website. If you read the articles here and like them, it’s the same style and content, but more indepth and expanded into a 225 page format for the Therapy Manual and around 200 pages for Teach Me To Play WITH You. The book’s descriptions are very accurate as well, so there are no surprises. Laura

  21. Hi,
    my daughter is 3 years old, she has had a very horrendous speech therpist for 6 months now0.. Don’t get me wrong wonderful women when she would decide to show up. we live in a very small rural area, this women told me my daughter might be apraxic but never did the appropriate testing. I am the only one who understands my daughter and half the time it is a guessing game for and hour before i know what she wants/or needs. which is hindering things like potty training and bonding,etc…. I wanted to know it your manual would be something a young mom would be able to do with her, and are your dvd’s i guess what i’m looking for?thank you,

  22. Hi Laura,

    Is your manual a new edition? The reason I ask is because in an earlier response you said it would not ship until the middle of May.

    Thank you for everything you do! I am looking forward to ordering the manual and some other products as well.


  23. Hi Lisa - This post is from last year (2011) when the manual was brand new. It’s available immediately. My new book Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers and will be available the first week in May 2012. Laura

  24. Hi Laura,

    I asked my mother-in-law to purchase for me the Teach Me To Talk:The Therapy Manual. the shipping address is Woodbridge, Virginia. How long does it usually take to get there? Thanks.


  25. Hi Laura,

    I posted something just a couple of hours ago about the length of time the manual will be arrive in Virginia. It says “waiting for moderating” or something like that but now it has disappeared. I wonder what happened. Thanks.


  26. Estela - All comments must be approved before they appear on the site, otherwise the comments section would be full of spam, advertisements, and porn! We ship via Priority Mail, so you should have the manual within 3 or so days. Laura

  27. I have a 20 month old who understands everything you say to him, but will point to things he wants and grunt, he drools a lot as well and I am thinking either it’s because he’s teething or oral motor tone. I was wondering if you can get me into the right direction of what to purchase.

  28. I’m from malaysia, I would like to buy this book and dvd that can help autism toddler.
    How long does it usually take to get here?

  29. Hi Sara - Get Teach Me To Talk the DVD and watch that to see how to work with him. If you’re a reader and like step-by-step instructions, also get my new therapy manual Building Verbal Imitation. Good luck to you both!! Laura

  30. Sarah - We ship via United States Postal Service. They estimate 10-14 business days for all orders outside the USA. We ship to Malaysia frequently and would love to send you the products you need to help you work with your child. If you can’t place the order through our regular online store at shop.teachmetotalk.com, email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com and tell me the products you want, and I’ll email you an invoice via PayPal. Thanks so much! Laura

  31. I am so grateful to have found your website! Thank you for sharing your knowledge so openly. I just started to listening to your podcasts and I can’t wait to get my DVD. Just wanted to say thanks for all you’re doing.

  32. You’re welcome Holly! Laura

  33. Good day. I am from the Philippines and i am very interested in purchasing this book. My child has speech problems and i think this book can help me a lot.

    I just want to clarify if you have an e-book version of this? Ive had problems with our country’s bureau of customs the last time i ordered an item from USA.

    Thank you very much.

  34. Gerald - All of our books are hard copies. We frequently ship to the Phillipines, but you’re the best judge of what will and won’t clear customs. Email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com if you have other questions. Laura

  35. From teachmetotalk.com’s Facebook page:
    “I just wanted to say that I LOVE my Teach Me To Talk materials SO much. I’ve been recommending your site to all of my parents and teachers at school! Thank you! Wish someone told me in grad school to PLAY!” Victoria, SLP, OH

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