Interpreting Test Scores in Toddlers and Preschoolers – “Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate” on Thursday, February 12, 2009

Join Kate and me this week for Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate on Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 pm Eastern time. This week we're going to discuss how to interpret test scores from speech-language evaluations and other standardized and... [Read more...]

“Red Flags” That Warrant a Referral for Early Intervention or Preschool Therapy Services

I get so many questions from parents who want to know if their child should be evaluated by a speech-language pathologist or other professional. On my October 23 show "Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate" we discussed "red flags" that we note in... [Read more...]

How to Find An Early Intervention Program in Your Area

If you're worried that your toddler's language, cognitive, social, or motor skills are delayed, by federal law (Public Law 99-457 Part C), you are entitled to free evaluation by your state's early intervention program. These programs provide... [Read more...]

Making the Leap from Words to Phrases…. Tips for Helping Your Toddler Learn to Combine Words

Making the Leap from Words to Phrases Research tells us that toddlers with typically developing language possess a single-word spontaneous vocabulary of 35-50 words before they begin to combine words into two-word phrases. We should use this same... [Read more...]

Teaching Your Toddler to Answer Questions – Receptive and Expressive Language Delay Issues

Many toddlers with language delays have difficulty learning to answer questions. Common problems include: Repeating or the last few words of the question rather than answering Answering incorrectly such as shaking their heads yes when you ask... [Read more...]

Why Can’t My Child Talk? Common Types of Speech and Language Disorders

Why Can’t My Child Talk… Common Types of Communication Delays There are between three and six million children in the United States with speech or language disorders. As a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in early... [Read more...]

First 100 Words – Advancing Your Toddler’s Vocabulary With Words and Signs

Now that your child can say or sign a few common words, you need to begin to expand his vocabulary to include different kinds of words. Most babies learn nouns, or names of people, places, and things first. Remember that your baby also needs words... [Read more...]

Questions about Late Talking

A reader named Andrea posted this series of questions on Friday. Her questions are so similar to those most parents ask that I thought I should respond for everyone to read. "My 18mo son is not talking as well as my 4yo daughter did at this same... [Read more...]