I’m in COLD Chicago today teaching Early Speech-Language Development: Taking Theory to the Floor. Despite the windy weather, it was a fabulous day with a room full of SLPs and Developmental Therapists who were so much fun! The best discussions from today’s session were:
- Learning some CUTE new social games and routines from SLPs as we were brainstorming at least 10 “go to” games EVERY therapist in EI should use to establish interaction and engagement with toddlers. I LOVE learning new little games to share with my little friends and families. While we’re on this subject…what are your 10 best social games? If you can’t answer that, I can help you! Check out my book Teach Me To Play WITH You!
- Responding when parents feel like their children with muscle tone or gross and fine motor delays can’t play with toys because of their physical limitations. Although we should certainly be sensitive to all parents’ observations about their own children since they will always know a child better than we will as therapists, we do need to help parents know how to “push” a child and raise our expectations. That’s what makes our services truly ‘therapeutic,’ and we need to help moms and dads learn to nudge a child forward in loving, but expectant ways.
- As a group agreeing that language trumps articulation any and every day of the week with toddlers! We must prioritize WHAT a very young child says over HOW he says it!
- At the end of the day, we had the best discussion ever about feeling confident in your recommendations for parents even when you’re a brand new SLP who doesn’t have kids yet. You know what you know and you have valuable information to share because of your education and professional experience. Your career WILL certainly change when you’re a mom, but until then, share what you know with assuredness that you’re teaching parents new things they didn’t know before they met you.
Like last week in St. Louis, today was a little bittersweet because it is the last time I’ll teach this course live this year, but you can access this fantastic information anytime at home. Did you know this course is available on DVD?
After viewing this course, many SLPs have told me it should be required for any therapist who works in early intervention. What a compliment! Even if you’ve been around a while, you’re sure to learn something new, remember things you’ve forgotten, and acquire some additional resources for your practice.
ASHA CEUs are available for SLPs. Other therapists will receive a Certificate of Completion to use for credentialing, licensure, or certification.
Here’s a link with more info:
If you have questions about the course, email me at Laura@teachmetotalk.com!