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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 [...]

Email of the Week

I love to hear from moms who send in feedback about my products, but when a DAD takes the time to email me, well… it just makes my day!!
Today I received this…
“We were very excited to get this to help our 2 year old daughter. So far the bit we have been able [...]

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.
Before I list links [...]

Pointing out a Toddler’s Strengths

Today I received this email from a mom in response to the report she received from her daughter’s evaluation with me last week.
“Thank you so much…You were the first SLP to take time to learn our daughter and provide us with new ideas to help increase her weaknesses as well as point out [...]

From the (e)Mail Bag… Parent Testimonial

Best testimonial ever…. Thank you!!! Hats off to this ULTRA-committed mom! She made a HUGE difference in her little boy’s progress.
“Laura Mize!
First off let me start by saying you are one talented, smart, generous lady!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent in such accessible formats. Your books and DVDs are amazing! [...]

Books Come to Life with Props

Have you noticed that many toddlers with receptive language delays don’t enjoy reading books with another person?
This can break a mom’s heart, particularly if she likes reading or if she feels unsuccessful trying to “teach” her child.
This may also frustrate a therapist who thinks, “How am I ever going to get this [...]

Number of Words in a Child’s Vocabulary

SLPs and therapists who work in early intervention and preschool programs are often surprised when we take a minute to look at normal expressive language development. Most of the time, it’s because our perceptions of “normal” become skewed over time. We administer tests and come to think of those test questions and the age ranges [...]

Success Story

Today I finished an amazing journey with a very special family…
Last Christmas during his 3rd visit or so with me I was elated as he struggled to imitate the word “ball” and popped out the word “pour” as we played with water.
Fast forward one year…
This morning he used full sentences in conversation with [...]

It’s Our Anniversary at teachmetotalk.com!

Six years ago today, at my husband’s insistence, I was preparing to take off for 2 WHOLE WEEKS, to try my hand at writing for parents and professionals who worked with toddlers with language delays. At that time, there wasn’t much REAL LIFE information available and I hoped I could make a difference for worried [...]

Teaching Body Parts to Toddlers

Check out any milestone list for toddlers, and you’ll see some variation of “knows body parts.”
Assessment tools used by pediatric speech-language pathologists include the following age ranges for this early skill:

Points to two different body parts by 12 months
Identifies at least 6 different parts and/or clothing items on himself or a doll by 18 months

Parents often begin [...]

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