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Autism… What’s a Parent To Do?

By far the most searched topic that leads parents to this website is AUTISM.
In honor of World Autism Awareness Day 2014, here’s an update of an article I first posted in 2009 and has been read over 1 million times. Some of the ways we word things when talking professionally with parents will [...]

5 Reasons to Use Simple, Homemade Activities with Toddlers

While I love toys as much (probably more!) as any SLP I know, I have also learned to value very simple homemade activities for toddlers. I’ve come to think of these activities as “games,” and that’s the word I use when I’m introducing these activities to children and to parents.
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Therapy Tip of the Week for 3.14.13

Using Social Games like Peek-a-boo with Toddlers:
Learning to play a social game like Peek-a-boo is CRITICAL first step in helping a child learn to understand and use words.
Click here for the article I posted earlier this week listed step-by-step instructions for teaching a child to play Peek-a-boo.  
Here’s a link to an article with even more ideas for [...]

How to Play Peek-a-boo! Advice for Parents with Toddlers with Developmental Delays

Playing peek-a-boo is a time-honored ritual between babies and parents. Many times parents of young children with developmental delays miss out on this fun because they’re not sure how to modify the game for a toddler with special needs. 
A mom may have instigated peek-a-boo a few times to try to quiet her fussy baby, but when her child didn’t seem to understand [...]

A Word About Eye Contact…

My friend Missie Walker Carman, M. Ed., who specializes in autism in her practice Verbal Behavior Network in Birmingham, AL, shared this article on Facebook. I asked her permission to include it here on the site. The author, William Y. Nason, MS, Clinical Psychologist, is a colleague of hers.  
Please Don’t Force Me To Look At [...]

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“Teach Me To Play WITH You” is Shipping!

Copies of my therapy manual Teach Me To Play WITH You can be purchased here on the website!  
Read more about this important therapy tool: 
“Teach Me To Play WITH You: Easy Games, Songs, and Play Activities to Teach Social Interaction to Toddlers and Young Preschoolers with Language Delays”  is a therapy guide for parents and professionals [...]

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“Teach Me To Play WITH You”

I’m so excited to announce my latest project from teachmetotalk.com.
“Teach Me To Play WITH You: Easy Games, Songs, and Play Activities to Teach Social Interaction to Toddlers and Young Preschoolers with Language Delays”  is a therapy guide for parents and professionals who work with young children with social and communication delays.
This 185 page [...]

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Good News from Research that Supports Early Intervention at HOME for Young Children with Autism

I wanted to share a link from CNN’s webpage citing new research proving successful intervention for children with autism CAN happen at home with parents providing much of the intervention time. Read it for yourself at:

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Signs of Autism in Toddlers

Nothing evokes fear in a parent like thinking their baby may have autism.
Many people assume, incorrectly of course, that because a child isn’t talking by age 2 or 3, he or she must be autistic. 
Let me reassure you, there are many reasons for late talking or speech-language delays in toddlers, and autism is just one of them. 
Late talking, when there’s [...]

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Are You Worried Your Child Has Autism?

Discover the Top Three Warning Signs for Autism, PLUS…
How to Help Your Toddler with
Communication Delays
Learn to Interact, Understand, and Talk
Explore the Breakthrough Developmental DVDs Created by 
Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist Laura Mize 
Grateful Parents Across the Country Have Deemed an “Absolute Godsend” 


If you’ve arrived at this website, it’s probably because you’re concerned your child might have autism.
Perhaps [...]

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