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 no other delay, usually does not mean autism.
However, it is important that children learn to communicate their wants and needs. And, truth be told, all toddlers should be talking by age 2.
The expected norm, in fact, is that a child should say a minimum of 50 words consistently on his/her own and frequently say short phrases such as “Bye bye Mama” or “more cookies” without prompting from a parent.
If your two-year old child is not able to do this, he very likely does have an expressive language delay.
Again, expressive language delay does not always mean autism.
If your child also has difficulty understanding language, that is following your directions, she could also have a receptive language delay
Children with receptive language delays often act as if they’re deaf, or can’t hear what you’ve told them to do. They tend to “ignore” others since words don’t mean anything to them yet. This behavior can also be confused with an autism diagnosis.
Again, a receptive language delay does not always mean autism.
However, it does mean that a child needs special help to be able to learn to comprehend language and then use words.
Understanding language and talking are critical skills for toddlers to master. Practically every single thing a young child needs to be successful once he starts school depends on understanding what others say and being able to use words to interact with others.
Most of the time, children with language delays don’t simply “grow out of it.” Early treatment for toddlers with these difficulties is essential before these symptoms become severe.
Parents play a critical role in determining the ultimate outcome for any child, but especially for those with language delays.
Success comes when parents make a huge commitment to help their child learn to understand and use words. Even when a child is already enrolled in speech therapy, preschool, or daycare, his or her parents are still the very best “teachers” a young child could ever have.
But many parents aren’t sure how to go about fulfilling this important role. Some ask me,
“How can I teach my baby to?talk when I’ve already tried everything I know?”
I’m going to show you some new things to try, but first, let me stop to reassure you, this is NOT your fault!
Most loving parents do everything they know how to help their child, especially one who’s frustrated and struggling. Every good parent knows to talk to their child, read to their child, and play with their child.
But sometimes parents don’t know how to do these things and get results. Then they end up blaming themselves for what their child can’t do.
Let me tell you this again – the problem isn’t you. And for lots of late talking children, the problem may not even be autism.
The problem simply may be that you haven’t had simple, easy to understand tools you need to help your child learn to communicate.
Many children who are late talkers, and especially toddlers who are at risk for autism, need to be taught in different ways, so that they too can begin to learn to talk and do all of the things other toddlers can do.
But even as an educated parent, you may not know how to do this.
THERE’S FINALLY AN EASY, FUN, NO-TEARS METHOD TO HELP TEACH YOUR TODDLER TO UNDERSTAND WORDS AND FINALLY, BEGIN TO TALK.
You’ll learn how to do this in a series of 3 DVDs from teachmetotalk.com called:
Teach Me To Talk
Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1
Teach Me To Listen and Obey 2
This set of DVDs was developed by pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, author of this website teachmetotalk.com, and host of the popular podcast “Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate.”
These strategies are the same ones experts recommend to help teach parents how to work with toddlers and young preschoolers at home. Laura has taken best practices and current research and put it in “layman’s terms” so that all parents can now understand and use the same specialized techniques.
Based on praise from hundreds of parents from around the world, these strategies are proven to be simple to learn, easy to apply, and best of all successful, in helping your child begin to understand your words, and then finally, unlock that beautiful voice your child has locked away inside.
Join Laura as she uses the same down-to-earth, practical approach that she teaches parents in her practice as a pediatric speech-language pathologist, writes about on her website, and talks about during her weekly show.
In these DVDs, Laura shows you EXACTLY how to work with your toddler at home using toys you likely already have and during every day activities, like snack time. Watch as she explains and then demonstrates HOW to teach your child.
Unlike other speech therapy DVDs, this isn’t just a videotaped conference for professionals, and it’s not just a DVD for you to plop your child in front of to watch and hope for results.
In these DVDs YOU, as your child’s best teacher, learn how to help YOUR child.
You’ll watch her work with a full range of toddlers and young preschoolers or different ages and abilities. And you won’t see this demonstrated in a clinical setting or see her using techniques you’d need a PhD to understand.
You’ll see actual therapy sessions that seem more like everyday play, rather than “speech therapy.”
Best of all, she first explains exactly what to do using everyday, parent-friendly language, and then demonstrates how to do it with real children, just like yours.
You’ll be able to use these techniques with you very own child, the very first day you watch the DVD. Read one mom’s note –
Just wanted to let you know how thrilled I am with your video. I just received it five days ago and I’ve watched it every morning to gear up for working with my daughter each day and I have to tell you what a difference it has made! My daughter has been in therapy for a year and a half (she’s 31 months) and she would often run from me during our play sessions finally, after only five days, she is starting to think that her mommy is fun during playtime! Thank you for giving me a way to really connect with my daughter on a new level. This video is priceless. Helen
See a few clips for yourself –
Watch a child who’s not talking yet learn to ask for things he wants in Teach Me To Talk.
Many parents feel so worried and fruWords from another mother –
I am so excited about your wonderful Teach Me To Talk DVD. It has brought me so much relief and help…. Thank you for your web site and all the helpful information you have been providing. Whenever I’m on the Internet researching delayed speech, your sight always calms my fear and makes me feel capable of helping my daughter.” Jennifer, Washington.
Watch how you can help a toddler learn to follow directions during play in Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1.
In Teach Me To Listen and Obey 2, Laura explains how to help a child understand more advanced words and then shows you how to use the same techniques in play.
As a parent, I want to emphasize to you, YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN TEACHING YOUR CHILD.
As a mom or dad, you know your child better than anyone else. Because of your unique connection with your own child,with the right tools, you can help him learn to interact with you, understand words, and then finally, begin to use words to talk.
Many times parents with children who have been diagnosed with autism are often at a loss with what to do next. This DVD helps parents by giving them specific strategies to use at home.
“I recently watched a DVD that has been advertised on this site called Teach Me to Talk, by Laura Mize, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. The DVD was 90 minutes long and taught six strategies to teach your child to talk. It is aimed at toddlers who are delayed in speech…..which is how I will use it. It has tons of video of the speech therapist actually working with children! This was so informative. Laura Mize explains what she is doing while showing actual video of her working with children with delays! These are things you can incorporate in every day interaction with your child. I finished watching the video feeling like I could really teach my child to talk!
From the time I first learned Sophie had autism, I have wanted to see what a speech therapist actually did while working with a child. I desperately want to homeschool Sophie, but until now I have been in the dark about what the experts do to get children to talk. Now I have video examples to work with.
I watch this video with my 3 children in the room, and my daughter Sophie, was actually playing along with the video! I highly recommend this video for anyone who has a child with delayed speech. It is worth every penny. Sarah, mother and author of the website www.wakingsophie.com
Don’t let another day go by without tweaking your approach so that you learn how YOU can help YOUR own child learn to use and understand language.
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All the?DVDs can be purchased separately if you’re not sure you need all 3.
Teach Me To Talk focuses on teaching 6 simple expressive language strategies so that you can help your child begin to use words.
Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 is for helping children understand basic words and learn to follow early commands. If your child is not interacting with you and doesn’t consistently follow directions, this DVD outlines how to cue him so that words become meaningful.
Teach Me To Listen and Obey 2 is designed to help teach children to understand more complex language. Common disciplinary challenges and how to handle those are also reviewed.
For more information about these DVDs and to read more parent and professional reviews, scroll up and click the child-drawn logos on the right column of this page.
Suspecting autism is very scary for any parent, but you don’t have to be helpless any longer in your attempts to work with your child at home.
For more information about autism, and more importantly, other useful articles to teach you how to help your child at home, be sure to check out the rest of the website now! Let me help you learn how to do this! You can do it, you really can!!
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