Many parents often ask me which teachmetotalk.com product would be most helpful for them. While every child and family situation is unique, the following product descriptions and recommendations should help you make purchasing decisions.
The products are described only in terms of “This is best for…” For full descriptions of each product, please scroll up and click the individual boxes with the product name. These are located in the right side column toward the top of this page.
Below the individual product listings, you’ll also find a list of recommendations by diagnosis or suspected diagnosis. Scroll down to RECOMMENDATIONS BY DIAGNOSIS. You’ll also find information about ordering sets which are offered at significant discounts over single products.
If after reading these descriptions, you feel you still need extra guidance with product selection, please email me with your specific questions at Laura@teachmetotalk.com.
Teach Me To Talk: The DVD was my first DVD and explains the basic beginning strategies appropriate for any toddler or preschooler who is not yet talking. Therapy clips with children ranging from 9 months old to 3 ½ years old highlight the six easiest and most successful ways to elicit first word attempts with young children during play-based activities. This DVD is an excellent training tool for both families and professionals. Many practices require that new families view this DVD between the evaluation and first therapy session so that parents understand what therapy looks like and are equipped to target language at home. Therapists also use clips from this DVD to introduce a strategy by watching together with parents during a session and then implementing the strategy with the child. University graduate programs and practicum sites throughout the USA use this DVD during clinical training for speech-language pathologists and early childhood education majors. This DVD is also helpful for clinicians who may be new to early intervention and working with toddlers and their families not only because of the “how to” therapy examples, but also for providing a ”family-friendly script” to use in discussions with parents. (Regular price is $39.99)
Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 discusses language comprehension deficits in very young children and demonstrates strategies for teaching toddlers to understand what words mean and to follow simple directions using an easy to understand cueing system. This DVD is most appropriate for parents and professionals working with toddlers who are functioning below the 24 month developmental level and those with significant receptive language delays. (Regular price - $29.99)
Teach Me To Listen and Obey 2 discusses language comprehension deficits in very young children and demonstrates strategies for teaching toddlers to understand more complex kinds of words such as verbs, prepositions, and descriptive words and to follow more complicated two-step directions. This DVD is most appropriate for parents and professionals working with toddlers who are functioning at and above the 24 month developmental level to the 3 1/2 to 4 year old developmental level. This DVD also includes a special section on disciplinary strategies appropriate for toddlers with language delays and highlights the importance of considering a child’s developmental age in determining behavioral expectations. (Regular price is $39.99)
Order BOTH Receptive Language DVDs and SAVE! The Set price is $54.99 for Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2.
Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders is a 2 DVD set and discusses both motor and linguistic-based problems related to expressive communication disorders with a section on the diagnostic characteristics for both apraxia and phonological disorders. Examples of oral groping and other speech characeristics of apraxia are shown and discussed. Beginning therapy strategies are modeled with a variety of children between 2 and 4 years old. This DVD is by nature more technical than other DVDs, but is still appropriate for both parents and professionals. Sections are organized in sequential steps with easy-to-follow instructions to address first words and beginning speech intelligibility strategies both in sessions and at home. (Regular price is $69.99 for the 2 DVDs.)
Teach Me To Play WITH You is a therapy manual written for parents working with young children who have difficulty interacting socially with others. Instructions are included for beginning play with developmentally-appropriate activities using simple games and toys that are readily available in most homes. There are separate chapters with explicit directions, words, and hand motions for many familiar finger plays and traditional childhood songs. Activities are written so that professionals can copy pages of a specific activity, complete the activity during a session, and share the copy with parents with “homework.” The final chapter explains approximately 20 different common problems related to sensory processing issues that we see interfere with a child’s ability to engage others along with multiple strategies for addressing these challenges during play at home. (Regular price is $48)
Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual is written specifically for speech-language pathologists and other early intervention professionals who work with young children birth to 4 with receptive and expressive language delays and disorders. Because this project was written for professionals, it may not be as family-friendly as other teachmetotalk.com products, but many committed mothers report that this manual gave them more direction and specific instructions for what to work on at home than any other resource they’ve used. This manual is especially helpful for goal writing and for designing fun and developmentally-appropriate treatment activities for toddlers and young children functioning from the 6-9 month developmental level up to the 48 month developmental level. It’s the ultimate “how to” tool for working with infants and toddlers with language delays. (Regular price is $54)
Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers - NEW MAY 2012! Learn the 8 levels of teaching a late talker to learn to imitate. Many times parents and therapists don’t see success with late talking toddlers because the adult isn’t working on the right things. The child actually needs to learn several “in-between” steps before he’s ready to begin to imitate words and learn to talk. Professional treatment plans can also fail when the techniques are too clinical for parents to be able to remember and practice at home with their own child. This simple, straight-forward approach is easy for both parents and therapists to understand and implement during familiar play-based activities and daily routines.
RECOMMENDATIONS BY DIAGNOSIS
Autism or Suspected Autism
For most parents ordering the 3 DVD Set (Teach Me To Talk: The DVD and Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2) will be the most appropriate so that parents can SEE play-based therapy strategies with a variety of toddlers with both receptive and expressive language delays. The 3 DVD Set is specially priced at $84.99.
For parents who are looking for more specific instructions for how to engage a toddler who is difficult to connect with and teach during play, Teach Me To Play WITH You, is also recommended in addition to the 3 DVD set.
For very committed parents who want a detailed step-by-step explanation of “how to” and “what to” work on for at-home therapy, order Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual, Teach Me To Play WITH You and the 3 DVD Set. This combination is also recommended for professionals who need additional resources and teaching tools to help families of toddlers who have been (or will be) newly diagnosed with autism.
Mixed Receptive - Expressive Language Delay or Global Developmental Delay (such as Down Syndrome, prematurity, cerebral palsy, etc…)
For most parents ordering the 3 DVD Set (Teach Me To Talk The DVD and Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2) will be most appropriate so that parents can SEE the therapy strategies with a variety of toddlers with both receptive and expressive language delays. The 3 DVD set is $84.99.
If the child is already following basic directions consistently, order Teach Me To Talk The DVD and Teach Me To Listen and Obey 2.
Very committed parents who want a detailed step-by-step explanation of “how to” and “what to” work on for at-home therapy, should order Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual and the 3 DVD Set.
The 3 DVD Set can be purchased for a discounted price (vs. ordering each product separately) in our store. Look for the bundle you’d like to order. Click here to go to the store.
Late Talker or Expressive Language Delay Only
If your child understands language at an age-appropriate level (meaning that he consistently follows directions well for his age and is routinely interactive with you and a variety of other people,) but is experiencing a lag in saying words he already demonstrates that he understands, order Teach Me To Talk The DVD to get started.
If you want more guidance or are ready to tackle a more comprehensive therapy plan at home, also order Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual. Click here to visit our store.
(***If your child regularly ignores people, tunes out your directions to him, and doesn’t respond to his name, then he does not fit into the diagnostic category of a ’late talker.’ In this case, not talking is usually a part a bigger developmental problem. Please see the other descriptions of products above that may help you address the underlying issues for WHY your child isn’t talking yet. Start with the suggestions in the Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Delay or Suspected Autism category.)
Suspected Apraxia and Other Speech Intelligibility Issues
Parents should order both Teach Me To Talk The DVD and Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders. Teach Me To Talk The DVD outlines the basic play-based approach and Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia shows more specific strategies to implement after the basics are in place. Both DVDs are sold together at our store and offered for a significantly reduced price vs. buying each DVD separately. Click here to go to the store.
Very committed parents who want a detailed step-by-step explanation of “how to” and “what to” work on for at-home therapy, should also order Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual and focus on the expressive language chapter. Speech disorders and expressive language disorders often overlap in toddlers.
Toddlers with More Significant Delays
Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 includes toddlers with more pronounced delays and has a small section on beginning activities to implement AAC.
Teach Me To Play WITH You is recommended for all parents of toddlers who do not consistently interact with and respond to others.
Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual is very helpful for addressing delays over time with a comprehensive set of goals and strategies including a chapter on targeting very early cognitive goals.
This grouping of therapy materials is also offered for a significant discount in our store vs. buying the individual products. Please look for the Helping Toddlers with Significant Delays package during checkout. (Set price is $120)
Order sets to save. Look in the Featured Products (left column) or on our regular store page. Click here to be redirected to the store.
5 DVD Set -All teachmetotalk.com DVDs including Teach Me To Talk, Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 & 2 and Teach Me To Talk With Apraxia and Phonological Disorders - $125.
All 3 THERAPY MANUALS - Teach Me To Play WITH You, Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual, and Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers- $145 (sale price of $130 during May 2012 ONLY)
ENTIRE COLLECTION - All 5 DVDs and All 3 Therapy Manuals - $265
For ordering more than one of each individual product or combinations that you do not see listed here, please see this link to our new store at www.shop.teachmetotalk.com.
If you are still confused about which products are right for you, please email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com.