“Early Speech-Language Development: Taking Theory to the Floor”

teachmetotalk.com is so pleased to announce my continuing education conferences!

I’d love for you to join me for a one day conference designed for SLPs, Developmental Therapists, and any early intervention professional.

If you’ve struggled with designing effective treatment plans for your youngest clients (ages birth to 4), then this is the conference for you!  We’ll be spending the entire day talking about TREATMENT strategies, and I’ll introduce you to my SIMPLE TREATMENT HIERARCHY complete with checklists and a whole day full of treatment strategies to encompass the entire gamut of your caseloads from non-verbal children with social communication disorders to toddlers who are ready to work on intelligibility issues.

How do you make treatment decisions, prioritize goals, and determine what techniques to use in sessions? How do you maximize a child’s participation in sessions AND your effectiveness as an early intervention professional? This course will help you clarify your position, your philosophy, and your overall approach as you provide services for your youngest clients. If you’re a seasoned professional (like me!) or a new grad, you’re sure to leave this conference with treatment guidelines to support your practice in your state’s early intervention program.

Here’s our conference outline:

ASSESSMENT OF INFANTS AND TODDLERS

Reasons for Accurate Evaluation

Interpreting Results for Parents

SIMPLE TREATMENT HIERARCHY FOR TODDLERS

Philosophy Shift from :Won’t” to “Can’t” – Don’t Mischaracterize a Developmental Deficit as a Behavioral Issue!

TREATING SOCIAL SKILL DEFICITS

Key Social Skills for Foundation of Language Development

Recommended Social Games and Early Play Routines

Teaching Parents to Play

Activities NOT Recommended for Toddlers with Social Delays

Solutions for Problems in Play: Addressing Sensory Challenges

Following A Child’s Lead – What It Really Means

TREATING RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE

Less Recognized Symptoms of Receptive Language Problems

Teaching Parents to Recognize When a Child Doesn’t Understand

Best Cues to Teach Parents to Help a Child Follow Directions

Early Receptive Language Targets

Beyond Nouns: Building Solid Vocabularies to Support Expressive Language Progress

FUN Games for Families

TREATING EXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE

Target Words – Not Phonemes!

Sign Language: Prerequisite Skills & Guidelines for Success

Teaching Imitation with Early Gestures and Play Sounds

Rules for Using Common Expressive Language Techniques

Building Solid Vocabularies: A Toddler’s First 100 Words

Making the Leap from Words to Phrases

TREATING SPEECH INTELLIGIBILITY?

When is intelligibility the primary focus?

Intelligibility Norms for Toddlers

To Diagnose or Not to Diagnose Speech Disorders

Treatment Guidelines

Sound Cues for Toddlers

Easy Strategies for Parents and Non-SLPs

DISCUSSION of EARLY INTERVENTION BEST PRACTICES

Match Your Teaching Style?to Your Parent’s Learning Styles

Enhancing Family Participation in Sessions

Maximizing Carry-Over for Daily Routines

 

There will be TONS of video-taped examples so you can SEE these techniques in action with real children in real therapy sessions from a therapist who treats children day in and day out, just like you.

You’ll leave this conference with NEW checklists and resources sure to enhance your practice.

Cost is $165 until 10 days before the conference, and $185 after.

Seating is limited; so register today!

After you complete the Google checkout process below, please be sure to send me an email at Laura@teachmetotalk.com so that I can reply directly to you with your confirmation. (Google checkout may NOT forward your direct email address to me if you decline the email marketing prompt or select “Keep My Email Confidential” during the checkout process. To avoid missing your confirmation, email?me directly, and I’ll be sure that it reaches you ASAP. If you don’t get a confirmation email within 48 hours of registering, please email me.)

I can’t wait to meet you!

 

Feedback from previous participants:

“I really enjoyed her presentation style. I loved that she obviously treats 0-3 kids, in a home, on the floor! This is the most interesting and truly useful course I have attended in years.” Jen, SLP

“….boat-load of treatment information presented!!!” Shannon, SLP

“I thought she was very down-to-earth, expressive, intelligent and to the point!” Kelly, DT

“Great personality as a presenter… good balance of professionalism and telling it like it is.” Kathleen, SLP

“Wonderful job, Laura. You were very good at keeping my atention and being realistic.” Mindy, DT

“Actually covered all of the advertised content. Wasn’t sure how we could cover that much in one day, but you did a great job.” Shiela, DT

“Best seminar I’ve been to in a long time. Useful information. Great speaker!” Donna, SLP

“Extremely helpful information for a real-world therapist. Covered lots of ground, but was thorough enough to be really useful.” Sonja, SLP

“I loved this presentation! It was so helpful. Laura was engaging and funny and taught practical ideas that I really need. It was fabulous! Thank you so much!!!” Elizabeth, DT

“I have been practicing for many years and use all the ideas you have presented. However, you have given me more tools to use with parents and organized the hierarchy much better.” Peni, SLP

“Wish I had this (course) 7 years ago when I was starting out as a DT and taking on speech kids. This was one of the best and most useful conferences. Thanks for being so DT friendly!” Courtney, DT

“She was so fun and easy to listen to! The day flew by and made the information exciting and fun to learn.” Ali, SLP

“I liked seeing the videos with concrete examples of the therapy and how it ‘worked. I am a new DT and this was very helpful.” Tammy, DT

“So much fun! This made me stop and think about what I’m doing or not doing. Great job of keeping things real.” Lisa, DT

“She was excellent! I can’t wait to share this information with my families. I will recommend this to my co-workers.” Jennifer, SLP

“Very energetic and knowledgable. Great job of breaking down information and organizing material.” Mandy, SLP

“Loved her energy and passion while presenting. She has MUCH applicable and informative tools to utilize in my work setting. Great organization!! This course was very useful and directed specifically to the birth to 3 population. Thank you, thank you for bringing this simple yet very practical techniques to indy! I thoroughly enjoyed this session.” Alissa, SLP

“This conference was so worth my time! Very informative Laura did such a great job packing in so many useful tools! Thank you for such a GREAT conference!” Julie, SLP

“Great use of material. Thanks for making it real-life things I can actually use in therapy.” Carrie, DT

“Very engaging! The best workshop I have been to!” Kacey, DT

“Love the real-life examples, videos, and handouts. Thank you!” Lynn, SLP

“Terrific use of video examples to demonstrate therapy strategies. I loved your candid style – it helped me to related to my own clnical experience. I really benefitted from strategies to teach parents and therapy/treatment ideas to jump start what I’m already doing.” Brynne, SLP

“Excellent job! I loved coming and learned a lot!” Emily, OT

“Excellent conference and tons of functional carryover.” Anna, SLP

“I’m a DT with clients with speech problems. I feel better equipped to go out and help my kiddos! I think you did a wonderful job. This makes me confident in my therapy.” Adrienne, DT

“Strategies matched what I do, but putting in specific organization that I can present to parents made this information very helpful!” Susan, SLP

“So interesting to listen to! Great ideas and great presentation!” Jill, SLP

“I appreciate the real life examples and video clips that were used. You are very approachable as a presenter.” Kathryn, SLP

“You are a great presenter. Your personal stories make it interesting and enhance your presentation. You are fantanstic! I have enjoyed your presentation and the DVD I have at home! Thanks for all you do!” Angela, DT

“Energetic and informative! Great videos, visuals, and hand-outs!” Chelsea, DT

“Best conference I have gone to in YEARS!” Renee, SLP

“Wonderful interaction with audience. Wonderful way of making therapy in homes practical and effective.” Megan, SLP

“Loved it! Real life and just what I needed! This has been very helpful in organizing my thoughts.” Chelsea, DT

“Very personable, funny, and animated. Very functional teaching style and materials.” Marlene, SLP

“I really enjoyed learning the speech information. The handouts were great for parents and myself.” Abbey, DT

“You are a natural Laura! Presentation was more conversational than lecture. Fabulous handouts! Love how you listed skills addressed for each social game which is great for parents! Very thorough and fun presentation! I lovve the focus on social/interaction skills!” Dana, SLP

“What a great conference!! I got many great ideas for things to do with the kids and information to share with the parents. Many of these things I can use tomorrow! Thank you for sharing with us. You did a GREAT job!!!” Jennifer, SLP

 

 

 

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But I just keep watching and learning because we can always learn something new! 
Thanks for all you do! 

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