#288…11 Skills Toddlers MUST Use Before Words Emerge…#10 Initiates with Others

HELP A LATE TALKER LEARN TO INITIATE WITH OTHERS We're continuing our series with the 11 skills toddlers must master before words emerge. Today we're talking about skill #10 - INITIATING INTERACTION WITH OTHERS When we talk about initiation... [Read more...]

“Is It Autism?” Course on DVD… Now Shipping

"Is It Autism?" Recognizing and Treating Toddlers and Preschoolers with Red Flags for Autism My NEW COURSE on DVD for professionals is FINALLY ready and shipping over the next several days for everyone who pre-ordered. If you didn't, it's not... [Read more...]

#286 – 11 Skills Toddlers Use Before Words Emerge – #8 Vocalizes Purposefully

HELP A LATE TALKER LEARN TO VOCALIZE We're continuing our series with the 11 skills toddlers must master before words emerge. Today we're talking about skill #8 - Vocalizes Purposefully. When I explain this to parents I describe this as... [Read more...]

“Is It Autism?” NEW Course on DVD for SLPs and Other Therapists who Provide Early Intervention Services to Toddlers

"Is It Autism?" Recognizing and Treating Toddlers and Preschoolers with Red Flags for Autism NEW COURSE on DVD - Anticipated Release Date 5/15/16   Whenever I ask therapists to list their needs for future workshop topics, overwhelmingly... [Read more...]

When A Toddler Doesn’t Play With Toys…teachmetotalk.com’s Therapy Tip of the Week 4.9.16

Isn't it frustrating when a toddler doesn't seem to want to play with toys? This is a fairly common issue in young children with developmental delays. Our first instinct may be to think that the child doesn't like the toy (or any toy!), but that's... [Read more...]

#282 11 Skills Toddlers Must Use Before Words Emerge – #5 Develop Early Play Skills

Listen here to the 8th show in this series called "11 Skills Toddlers Must Use Before Words Emerge." Today we'll be talking about skill #5 which is developing early play skills. Learning to play with toys and begin to use objects functionally is... [Read more...]

Tips for Parenting “Difficult” Toddlers

TIPS FOR PARENTING DIFFICULT TODDLERS As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I get an opportunity to talk with parents of young children every day. This week I've been emailing back and forth with a mom on the other side of the country that... [Read more...]

The Truth about Flashcards for Toddlers Who Don’t Yet Talk

The Truth about Flashcards for Toddlers Who Don’t Yet Talk I almost titled this post “Why Flashcards Don’t Work to Teach a Nonverbal Toddler to Talk,” but I opted for the one above instead. Many parents and even some therapists default to... [Read more...]

#281 Skills Toddlers Must Use Before Words Emerge – #4 Joint Attention

In this seventh show in this podcast series, we're examining joint attention as a skill toddlers must use before words emerge. Joint attention emerges from the previous skills we've discussed during the last few weeks in this series. We've talked... [Read more...]

#280 Skills Toddlers Must Use Before Words Emerge – # 3 Building Attention

In the sixth show in my series 11 Skills Toddlers Must Use BEFORE Words Emerge, we'll be talking about the next skill which is: DEVELOPS AN ATTENTION SPAN Listen here. Learning to pay attention to things of interest around him and to... [Read more...]