“Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate” for June 10, 2010

On this week’s podcast we’ll be answering questions from moms submitted to the website including:

My late talking preschooler is doing great now, but he still sounds choppy. What can I do about that

What’s jargon and how do I differentiate jargon from real words

How can SLPs and special ed teacher encourage parents from different cultures to be more playful

My 9 month old with Down Syndrome doesn’t like to use both hands. How can I teach him signs

My 22 month old daughter is exhibiting behaviors that concern me, but she’s still learning to talk. Should I be worried

The ENT says my child needs his frenulum clipped in order to talk. What do you think about that?


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  1. Mary on June 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Laura,
    I am a early intervention provider and need some information about reverse swallowing. When does it typically disappear and how can if effect dental, speech and feeding development? I REALLY enjoy your website, DVD’s and podcasts. I learn SO much from you and Kate. Please keep up the great work. I’m really looking forward to your social games manual.

  2. Laura on June 14, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Mary – Thanks so much for the compliments! Kate and I love doing the show, so it’s nice to hear that our fellow EI therapists are listening!

    Reverse swallow, or more commonly called in my SLP world, tongue thrusting or “lisping” during speech is actually part of “normal” development and disappears by 4 to 4 1/2. Children with lower muscle tone are more likely to exhibit this pattern.

    Here are some links I liked when I did a search. The first one was actually written by one of the professors I had as an undergrad, so I loved seeing her name!


    Tongue thrusting


    Usually the kids we see with this pattern are WAY too young and cognitively immature to do any of the “therapy” exercises/activites you could do to work on this, BUT there are some recommendations you can make to parents –

    Eliminate or severely limit use of the sippy cup since using an open cup and straw facilitate more mature swallow patterns.

    If you’re facilitating an /s/ tell a child to “hide his tongue” and model closing your teeth.

    Practicing “closing” or “hiding” your lips is also effective for kids under 3 who exhibit an open mouth posture lots of the time. One word of caution here – some kids habitually open their mouths all the time and become “mouth breathers” when they truly can’t breathe thru their noses due to upper respiratory issues. This is a medical management issue and should be addressed by the physician with meds to clear congestion due to allergies or infection.

    Those are my ONLY tips for kids under 3. After that age, children may be more mature to target other kinds of more direct activities, but in our worlds, the tips above are the only things I’d try.

    Thanks for your question Mary! I’m glad you’re excited about the manual. I am too!!! Laura

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