#291 Podcast – Using Common Toys to Teach Late Talkers Missing Skills
Join speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she discusses how to use common toys to target language skills in toddlers who are late talkers.
Once you understand this treatment hierarchy and philosophy, it’s easy to adapt any toy or daily activity to target exactly where a toddler is struggling in the development of his communication skills. You can’t always start by trying to teach a child how to talk! Listen below:
In last week’s show I discussed the treatment hierarchy I use for treating all children with language delays. This framework helps determine our priorities in treatment and makes sure that we’re addressing the first place of breakdown – which in turn helps us meet a child where he is developmentally. This approach is a safeguard against spinning our wheels and working on unrealistic goals with no progress.
Last week I shared this hierarchy. Listen here if you missed that show!
Remember that this is our overall structure for developing intervention plans and goals for any child who is a late talker. This also focuses our efforts NO MATTER WHAT ACTIVITY we’re using. What you’re doing – whether it’s playing with a toy or completing a daily activity – really doesn’t matter as long as we’re all on the same page about what our outcomes and strategies are.
On the show we talked about how many therapists get caught up in what our activities should be for toddlers with language delays: Should we play with toys during therapy or should we just focus on what a family already does? Listen for that discussion!
In this show we’ll talk about how to use my treatment hierarchy with a couple of very familiar toys. In next week’s show we’ll do the same with a couple of common daily activities. I’ll walk you through the hierarchy discussing what your focuses would be based on a child’s current developmental level.
Here’s the distinction of using this kind of approach rather than thinking something like…
“When I play with bubbles I work on this. When we play with cars we work on this. When we play with blocks or dolls, we work on this.”
No!! There’s a better way! We work on whatever skill a child is missing no matter what our activity or toy is.
In the show I walked through how to use the activities to play with bubbles and cars.
Watch a couple of these related Therapy Tip of the Week videos so that you can SEE me talk about these kinds of goals with common toys.
I also have LOADS of play ideas like this in all of my therapy manuals. There’s an entire chapter in Teach Me To Play WITH You great for especially the social piece and teaching a child to “do his part” and the back handouts section in Building Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers. Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual is a comprehensive guide with goals and activities and FILLED with these treatment ideas. If you don’t’ have those books and need more ideas, get yourself a copy! You’ll use it and use it – I promise! Read about all 3 manuals and a special deal to order them as a package here.
If you’d like it in CE course format, take a look at my courses linked below: