Teach Me To Talk – The Therapy Manual

Teach Me To Talk – The Therapy Manual

Teach Me To Talk:  The Therapy Manual is the go-to resource for speech therapy for toddlers. Pediatric speech-language pathologists RAVE about this manual in courses and follow-up emails! This best-selling therapyTeach Me To Talk Therapy Manual manual is essential for any speech-language pathologist, developmental therapist, early intervention specialist or other EI professional who treats toddlers with communication delays and disorders.

Although not an academic text, Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual is used by SLP grad programs throughout the USA and around the world in their Infant Toddler courses!

The full title for this book is Teach Me To Talk – The Therapy Manual: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Receptive and Expressive Language Delays/Disorders in Toddlers and Young Preschoolers. Every language milestone from under 12 months until age 4 is included in this resource.

The practical treatment manual is divided into 2 parts.

Part I includes the background information to make sure you understand WHY you’re doing what you do in sessions! You’ll learn the overall philosophy, rationale, and treatment hierarchy recommended for successful language therapy with toddlers for the developmental areas of social, cognitive, and both receptive and expressive language skills.

Part II outlines a comprehensive list of therapy goals with highly detailed instructions for targeting each milestone in sessions with a variety of activity ideas. Specific recommendations are provided to help you tie each goal to realistic and practical carry-over “homework” for parents and caregivers.

The last two chapters contain activity recommendations based on the KINDS of play we use in therapy and when/why to use those categories and then finally a few problem-solving examples to help pull together all of the information.

Two sample treatment session outlines are provided along with specific toy recommendations so you can make sure you’re planning successful and realistic sessions for toddlers.

Multiple charts and “hand outs” are provided throughout the manual, not only your professional reference, but to share with families, caregivers, and other therapists you’re mentoring.

The regular price is $54.00. Order here.

Save more when you purchase this manual in addition to other products! Check out The Therapy Manual Combo Pack which is perfect for SLPs building their resource libraries and sharpening their clinical skills.

If you’re new to  teachmetotalk.com, you may prefer to purchase this therapy manual along with Teach Me To Talk the DVD so that you can also watch therapy sessions with toddlers. Many new SLPs or SLPs who are new to early intervention and pediatrics report that “seeing” sessions with young children was more helpful to get them going or provide a needed refresher than any other professional development activity they pursued. Order that set here.


Read Feedback from SLPs:

“Your Therapy Manual is my EI Bible!”

“I believe your therapy manual is better entitled “The important things you need to know but didn’t learn in graduate school.” The information presented in your manual so beautifully combines theory with practical application. It has helped me understand language development more thoroughly and most importantly the prerequisite skills which I have seen so many times forgotten about.”

“Received Laura’s new manual this weekend. I am a seasoned SLP with 34 rewarding years experience with school aged kiddos. I am retiring from my school position in 2 weeks and have already been hired by a wonderful Early Intervention agency… in Pittsburgh. This manual is absolutely fantastic! Extremely organized and tons of functional fun activities for our speech and language delayed “wee ones”. Thank you Laura for sharing your expertise! Great job!”

“Laura – I just wanted to let you know I’ve had a great week. The OT I work for has stated several times this week that I seem like a different clinician with fun new stuff!! I feel like I have talked to parents more effectively and had more fun. I’m a about a third of the way through your new book and I am glad it repeats some of the things I learned last Friday in your conference. I love the way you have the information organized. Thanks once again.”

“Laura, Thank you for writing your newest book! I’m half way done with it, and I have sooo many new ideas. You have given great examples to use in several of the areas I struggle with targeting. I also love your ideas for getting parents involved. Every EI therapist should read this book!!!!!!”

**While this project is written for professionals, many committed parents use the information to guide their home programming. Moms who have not had access to quality services (including parents who live outside the USA) have reported that this was their best resource for understanding not only what to work on with their children with language delays, but why and how SLPs select goals and implement strategies in specific play activities with toddlers.**

Feedback from parents:

“I have used the ideas listed in your Teach Me To Talk Therapy Manual at home with my son when I felt like I had no where else to turn. Although he is getting some therapy at school, it is not enough for him. I wanted to work with him at home, but I didn’t know how until I watched your DVD and then read this book. I could find ideas in blogs or on Pinterest but I didn’t always know how to make it flow like therapy would. Your book has helped me know that. Now while he is at school I try to pick out something for us to do when he gets home in the afternoon. I have seen a big, big difference in him since I started doing this and I know it’s what has made the difference.”  Sarah – from Utah



  1. Erika on April 27, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Just ordered your new book and I can’t wait to get it in the mail. Thanks again for all of your helpful information on your website, DVDs, and books!

  2. Erika on April 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    and podcasts!

  3. Laura on April 27, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Thanks Erika!! I have been swamped this week, so it was so nice to read positive feedback! I love doing the podcasts, and again, it gives me incentive to keep on plowing ahead when I know that it’s helpful. Laura

  4. Corrin on May 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Laura – I’ve changed my email address since I ordered your book Teach Me To Talk-The Therapy Manual on 5/1/11 – I have not yet received it & was wondering if you could update me on the status of the order. My order # is 222923543646736. I’m really looking forward to receiving it! Thanks!

  5. Laura on May 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Corrin. I just sent you an email too, but I’ll answer your question here on the website since I’ve received a couple of emails asking about this. The book has been on pre-sale. The release date is Monday, May 16, and all orders will ship on that day, barring any disasters between now and then! I’m glad you’re looking forward to it!! Laura

  6. Kim on May 18, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Will the manuals be available at the training sessions? I am attending the Nashville site and was hoping to purchase a manual @ the training. Thanks!

  7. Laura on May 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    For Facebook fans of teachmetotalk.com: Enter the code BOOK to save $8 on this therapy manual. The coupon expires on 6/1/11. Not a Facebook fan yet? Click ‘Like’ on the column on the right!

  8. Grace on July 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Laura,

    My son is almost 6 years old and has ASD, sensory processing disorder, non verbal and developmentally delayed. I would like to purchase either your books or DVDs, but I am unsure if these are more geared toward toddlers? Do you think it will be ok to purchase these items anyway?

  9. Sheila on July 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Are you offering any discounts/sale prices on your materials that I should know about, for myself & parents?

  10. Le Shor on July 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Is there any way to purchase both the Teach Me to Talk Therapy book and the Teach Me to Play with you, so that the both ship at the same time?

  11. Laura on July 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Le Shor – Use this link for to Build Your Own Order. Click the price/order link and about half way down is an option for the Therapy Manual Combo Pack. https://teachmetotalk.com/2011/03/30/build-your-own-order-coupon-for-free-shipping/

  12. siba on September 21, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Hi Laura

    Im from India. Would like to buy this book.


  13. Virginia on November 6, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Hi Laura,

    I’m a psychologist from the Philippines. My son has problems with speech articulation. What book would you recommend? Is there any store in our country where I can directly buy the book…

    Thank you

  14. fleur turner on December 12, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Hi Laura I would like to purchase your manual and teach me to talk dvd. I live in australia and having trouble buyimg it.



  15. Laura on December 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Hi Fleur. I am sending you a direct invoice via PayPal. When it’s paid the products will ship. Check your email! Laura

  16. Mary on December 14, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I am putting my son into speech therapy since he is delayed. Were still going through more evaluations(Another Hearing test, Possibly evaluation for Autism)This is all so overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start other than searching internet articles and trying to educate myself. My friend recommended this website and I’m not sure which DVD and/or Book I should start out with. My son is 22 months. He uses non-verbal communications to get what he wants rather than words. He just started responding to his name and its a hit or miss. He doesn’t understand simple directions like put on shoes or jacket. Can you please help point me in the right direction? Thank you!

  17. Laura on December 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Hi Mary. I know it’s overwhelming for you, but you’re doing the right thing by educating yourself and looking for resources. I always recommend that parents start with my first DVD Teach Me to Talk because it outlines the basic play based approach. Since he’s having difficulty with receptive language, I’d also recommend Teach Me To Listen and Obey 1 (for now) and 2 (for the next few months when he starts progressing). I’d hold off on the manuals for now, but if he’s not moving along with responding better doing 1:1 interactions the book Teach Me To Play WITH You has some fabulous ideas. Everything is on sale for a few more days, so pick what would be best for you. Read through the articles here on the website too. Most of the “meatier” articles are the oldest ones, so scroll back in each category using the “Older Posts” button until you’re at the beginning article for each category. I also have a weekly podcast where we talk about therapy with toddlers every week. You can listen to the older shows here on the website or download them on iTunes. Check those out in the right column under the icon blogtalkradio. I’m glad you have a friend who is helping point you in the right direction, and even more happy that your little boy has a committed mommy willing to do whatever she can to help him. Good luck to you all! Laura

  18. Anonymous on December 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Hi, I just found this website this week and have been absolutely fascinated. I have a 15(almost 16 month old) girl who has not said her first word yet (she can babble mama dada, baba etc but she has not connected any words to meanings yet). I have been VERY concerned since she was 9 months old that she was getting behind in her milestones regarding speech (it took her awhile to even start consonant babbling)but can get noone to listen to me because I’m a first time mom (though educated and older they still consider me paranoid!) I’m not positive but I think her receptive language is pretty good, she understands simple requests and follows them, responds to her name at least 80% of the time, and knows who several people are (daddy, grandma, the dog etc). She points (with her whole hand to show interest and when she wants something, or to whatever I ask her to point to) and she signs eat, please, and today just started signing “milk”. She smiles and interacts and plays games and instigates games. Though she doesn’t play much with toys, she WILL give hugs and kisses to stuffed animals and crawls up to her rocking horse to pat it and give it kisses. At her 15 month check up SUDDENLY the doctor is concerned because she’s “globally delayed” (based on the fact that she won’t take more then a few steps by herself and hasn’t said any words yet? I wish he would make up his mind to worry about her or not!) He insists on “wait and see” on everything but I insisted on speech therapy for the speech and wouldn’t take no for an answer. I’ve been given the run around since then though as we go through the process of getting a referral (they accidentally asked for the WRONG referral etc) and am STILL waiting to even get a hearing test let alone help with her speech. I tried calling early intervention which here locally is closed until after the holidays (2 more weeks) but I am growing increasingly concerned because the longer I wait to get help the more frantic I feel to help her yet don’t know what else to do. I’m trying everything I can think of and we play LOTS with her, try reading, etc etc…but I don’t know what else to do. I’m on a pretty fixed income (run my own business in this economy, ugh!) and want to get something that will help, but not sure what to get? I can probably only do one item for now, would you suggest the manual or the dvd for teach me to talk? I like the idea of the manual because I can reference it a bit easier, but at this point I just want to try anything that may help. any suggestions if you had to choose one item that could help what I should start with??? (particularly between the manual and the dvd?

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Teach Me To Talk Testimonials

Happy Therapists, Teachers, Parents & Children

"Hi Laura - I just wanted to say I received my copies of the Apraxia workbooks yesterday and I LOVED workbook 1 (not ready for 2). I'm on chapter 8 and going through the questions carefully so I'm prepared to help my son. I knew it was a great book when you acknowledged the fact that sometimes therapists and doctors don't bring a positive and supportive vibe when diagnosing. I remember being terrified at the mention of apraxia and ASD by both because they had these very concerned looks and made it seem like it was a death sentence. I know now (in LARGE PART, THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR VIDEOS) that it doesn't have to be!! I see a future for him now. You SINGLE-HANDEDLY, through your books and videos have empowered me to help my son after the doctors and therapists have gone home. You've given me strategies, play ideas, plans on how to keep moving forward. I don't always do things right, but I know I'm on the right track and I love that I can reference, and re-reference your books to help me keep going. As I was reading the book, I was so proud of myself because I've used strategies from your previous books and it felt good because I could check off a lot of the skills that you discuss. So, thank you for all your previous books as well!!"

"Gosh, I love all of your emails/podcast/website, just everything!! I work in early intervention as a behavior analyst and am learning so much from you!"

Thank you!




I love your work! I am a professor of early childhood special education and a speech language pathologist! I have worked to help children learn to communicate and I know how valuable the information you share is for both early interventionists and pediatric speech language pathologists!

Thank you for systematically organizing and explaining essential steps for young children to learn and develop. You are having a great impact on our profession, the ECE profession and families!"



"Thank you.

If this is Laura herself reading this email let me take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have put forth for us professionals. I own every manual (except the autism manual) and have watched every course on DVD. I have listened to countless podcasts. All of what I’ve come to be as an Early Intervention speech therapist was absolutely to your credit. With your resources at my side I have never needed to scramble for answers and strategies and above all the clear language I use when communicating with parents. My fun, animated affect and key phrases I use have been learned through watching your example. So….thank you! May you be blessed."


"I just wanted to thank you so much for your incredible help! You are so kind and lovely and every time I implement something you've taught in your manuals or videos it is always a success, I cannot thank you enough. I really appreciate how specific you are in giving us examples of wording to use and how to use a toy in therapy with your videos, it is exactly what I need to properly help my little students. I also really appreciate your list of books of list of toys. I have seen my little students make significant progress thanks to you. I'm looking forward to watching more of your videos, taking more of your CEU's, and reading more of your materials. From the bottom of my heart: thank you so much again!!"


"Dear Laura,

What an inspiration!

Thank you for helping me be a better Developmental Therapist. I often listen to your podcasts which help me help families.

Your enthusiasm, professionalism and
the sheer volume of information is so great.

You are part of my team.

I just wanted you to know I appreciate you."


"Dear Laura,

Thank you for your generosity in sharing so much knowledge in such a clear and enthusiastic way.

As a retired audiologist with a fabulous and language delayed grandson, I used your podcasts and outstanding publication, The Autism Workbook, to inspire and guide me over the past year.

It works!! He went from barely verbal, no gestures, didn't respond to his name etc etc to a verbal, social, curious, ready to imitate anything, fill in the blanks on familiar "set" speech, generate his own totally appropriate and mostly understandable sentences...not just short phrases anymore... full little paragraphs...about imaginary things, what he did during the day, what he wants. True communication!

You make a powerful difference in this world! ❤"

With gratitude,

"Laura Mize, you are a Godsend. I don’t know how one human can have so many helpful things to say in a beautifully organized way, so often. Always amazes me when another super helpful email comes from you, and for free. With free YouTube videos and cheap CEUs. THANK YOU!!!"

Sheila, Canada

"I purchased the book on autism and have watched the #400s series podcasts. Laura Mize has been more effective in teaching autistic tendencies, than many professors, shadowing professions, and the 100s of books, articles and classes or videos, or live workshop speakers, have been at teaching effective practices for a child with ASD. Some of the many lessons she has taught, which I will now use, to be a more effective Interventionist, include but are not limited to: red flags, typical behaviors, self-stimulating behaviors, not taking away toys, rather showing child to play with toy appropriately. She gives examples of child's actions, "inappropriate," explains the reason for: why the child is engaging in these behaviors and how they can be replaced with more appropriate, effective fuctional and age-appropriate skills."

"I’m sure Laura gets these messages all the time, but I thought I’d share. I stumbled across Laura‘s "Autism or Speech Delay?" YouTube video when I really needed it. This video finally listed and explained some of the red flags my son was showing for autism. I share the link anytime a parent is questioning in my FB autism group. This mother I don’t even know said Laura's video changed her life. I know exactly how she feels because It changed families too. Thank you to everyone at Teach Me To Talk."


"Good Morning Laura,
I received your book (The Autism Workbook) yesterday and it is absolutely amazing! As I evaluate young children (0-3) for developmental delays and write plans for them with their parents, there are a ton of ideas that are ready to use. Others that reinforce what I have been doing, and saying, all along. Thank you so, so much for writing this incredible book and pulling everything together in one place!"


"Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge, experience, and guidance.
I’m a parent who bought the autism workbook and it’s the only clear resource I found to make a change in my son. I’m really thankful to Ms. Laura for helping out people like us all over the world."

"Laura Mize, all I have to say is that ALL YOUR STRATEGIES WORK."

ANNE, YouTube viewer

"We have 7 SLPs in our preschool (public) program for special needs children (ages 3-5) and we use your courses, books, and techniques every day! :-) We have seen our preschoolers make such great gains!"


"I just received Teach Me to Play With You, and it is ALREADY WORKING! WOW!

Girl…my son is 3 years old, and he NEVER asks for something using words. We were playing “Get Your Belly” (from Teach Me to Play WITH You), and after several times, he laughed and screamed "BEWIEEE!!!"  It was a hoot. And I can't believe he said it! I have played with him like this before, but this time I took your advice and acted CRAZY!! I will act like a total lunatic if it will get him to talk to me!  Now I can give him "the look" from across the room, and he will say it. That manual is so amazingly practical, and it is a GODSEND right now! Thank you SO MUCH!”

"I wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you. I started watching your videos/podcasts about 4 months ago. My son has gone from losing words he previously used, only having about 7 words at his 2 year check up in August (assessed at a blended 10 month language level) -- to now having so many words, increased social engagement, following commands, spontaneously requesting things, and naming letters & numbers (not in order) as well as colors. We had our monthly meeting with our SLP through the state infants & toddlers program and it felt like we were just bragging the whole time, but I knew in the back of my head it was because I have been using strategies you taught me.

We still have so much work to do with our sweet boy, but I know in my heart he would not have succeeded without the education you provided. I will continue to read your emails & watch videos as we go along this journey and face challenges, but credit is due to you, Laura.

Thank you so much, endlessly."


"I just want to tell how fortunate I feel to have found your website and you!! I became a special instructor in EI almost a year ago and I started with hardly any applicable training. I felt so lost and confused as how to help the kids I work with learn how to use words and play. Honestly, I didn't even understand the importance of play, although I always played with my kids. But, once I started to watch your podcasts and get some of your manuals I felt a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and that I could finally teach these kids and their families something of value from a real therapist and based on research!. Thank you so much for seeing the need to help other EI service providers and providing a forum to share your knowledge and years of valuable experience. I'm sure you get a lot of these emails every week if not every day, but I wanted to make I could add to those notes of gratitude!! THANK YOU again!!"


"Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for these emails and your books, I have them all and they have seriously saved and improved my sessions with my kiddos. Huge thank you."


"I was very frustrated with how speech therapy was going for my child. I would take him and drop him off and not hear much of anything from his therapist and teachers other than, "He had a good (or a bad!) day." Your materials were invaluable for us because I learned how to work with him on his speech. I learned how to teach him to talk and play. I learned how to pay attention to his cues and work with him to teach him to communicate. Without it, I have no doubt he still wouldn’t talk."


"Hi! I just wanted to say (from an SLT perspective) how incredibly useful I am finding absolutely all of your articles, blogs and resources - I only discovered your site last month and have just received all your books which I feel I am learning more than on my entire university training course!! But also the way in which you give specific, realistic, fun, encouraging ideas for working with parents is really just fantastic, I only wish I have your site sooner! Thanks so much from the UK! Kind regards."


"I just wanted to reach out to say thank you for making things a little easier to manage for me this year. I made the transition from school SLP to private therapist about a year ago. While the change was welcome, it was a lot, and I was just getting my footing in the clinic when I began teletherapy full time. Your website has been a huge lifeline in helping me work with late talkers and coach their parents in an accessible but effective way, even remotely. I look forward to getting your emails each week. I am floored by the amount of valuable, free information that your website provides, and I’m looking forward to investing in your workbooks soon. A sincere thank you for all you do!"


"You are an inspiration! I am truly grateful for the way you put into words and writing how to do what we do as SLPs. At this time in my 13 years of practicing, I find your encouragement keeps me going. As a single mom, I find it a stretch to buy materials these days and I am so thankful for the freebies you so generously share that help me teach my families. I don’t have much time to put together lists or quick references for parents!! Much gratitude!!"


"I just really appreciate your courses! I have two new clinicians that I’m working with and have recommended these courses to both of them. I’ve watched quite a few and have learned so much about serving this population. To be honest, before I started implementing your strategies I was a little frustrated with the lack of progress. My skills with engaging these little ones have improved so much! Thank you so much for making these CEUs so valuable!" C, SLP