#350 Effective Strategies for Toddlers with Expressive Language Delays


In this podcast, we’re discussing my best strategies for working with toddlers with expressive language delays.

When there are no other developmental  red flags ( meaning a child is socially connected to other people, has an adequate attention span when you try to interact with or play with him, plays with a variety of toys, and understands language well enough to consistently follow directions), here’s the method I use…


Begin with actions…

Introduce gestures…

Analyze nonverbal actions a child might imitate…

Get noisy…

Begin play sounds…

Try automatic speech…

Teach FUNCTIONAL single words…

Move on to phrases…

Listen to the show for this hierarchy… it works!!

Resources mentioned in today’s show:

Building Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers – a therapy manual that walks you through helping a nonverbal child begin to say words using the 8 levels of imitation we discussed in today’s show. You’ll also get “THE CHART” for a one-page summary of this effective and easy treatment approach.

Steps to Building Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers – 6 hours course on DVD with CE credit for therapists – same information as Building Verbal Imitation Skills but with video clips with real kids on my caseload so you can SEE how to implement these strategies. You’ll also get “THE CHART” for a one-page summary of this effective and easy treatment approach.

Teach Me To Play WITH You – therapy manual filled with step by step instructions for TONS of social games and routines with a list of goals to sequentially address with toddlers who need help establishing consistent social interaction AND with automatic speech!

Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual – a manual that lists every communication milestone from below 12 months to 48 months WITH therapy activities and homework ideas for parents – a must-have resource for SLPs and other therapists who work with toddlers and preschoolers

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