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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 [...]

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 [...]

Therapy Manual Combo Pack SPECIAL

In honor of launching my new website at www.myei2.com we’re offering a special deal from today 2/25/13 until 3/1/13.
When you buy all 3 of my therapy manuals, Teach Me To Play WITH You, Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual, and Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers, you’ll receive my best selling Creating Verbal Routines Therapy Guide for FREE.
Here’s a brief [...]

How To Talk So Toddlers Listen

Here’s an excerpt from Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual reviewing ways to help late talking toddlers pay attention and listen:
Researchers found that labeling, simply stating an object or an event name, is more effective than any other kind of talking to help a child maintain attention to what he is doing.
Many times adults “mindlessly [...]

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New to this Site?

Welcome to teachmetotalk.com!
If this is your first visit, I’d like to tell you how I recommend for new moms to navigate the site because I have TONS of info on here that may not be apparent to you with your first click!
The site is organized in chronological order with the newest entries listed first here on the home page. However, [...]

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Teaching, Not Testing - Ideas for Helping Your Child Learn Language at Home

I’m working with a great family right now. My little friend in this family is a darling boy who will be 2 in April, and he’s a total handful! He’s so unlike his older very compliant, very praise-driven sister, who I also had the privilege of working with a few years ago.
The sister was so different from [...]

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Auditory Processing Games for Preschoolers

If your preschool child has difficulty following directions at home, this can be frustrating for both him and you! You think he seems to understand  the individual words, but then he can’t follow through to be able to carry out your verbal instructions.
Some parents automatically assume that this is a behavior issue, but often it’s not. Auditory processing disorders make it very [...]

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“Best DVD for Receptive Language Therapy at Home!”

Maybe everyone around you, even your pediatrician, is telling you that everything’s fine. But you can’t get past that nagging feeling that something’s not quite right. 
You know he should be doing more [...]

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Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 and 2 are NOW Available!

I’m so excited to FINALLY get to offer this DVD series for helping young children learn to understand language. By the time we were done filming, there was so much information that we decided to split it into a 2 part series so that we could address specific developmental phases and disciplinary approaches for both [...]

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Tips for Teaching the Pronouns “I” and “You”

A mom e-mailed me this question this weekend, and I thought I’d include it here since I haven’t written about this anywhere else on the site.  

“Hi Laura! I have a question for you.  Gabe has recently started saying “you want…”  instead of “I want…”  When we model “I” for him, he will correct himself.  He [...]

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