#357 7 Key Principles for Success When Working with Toddlers and Preschoolers


In this podcast, I’ll share 7 key principles for successfully working with toddlers and preschoolers. These 7 nuggets of advice will help you no matter what communication skill you’re trying to teach. Whether you’re focused on helping a young child learn to use more words, follow directions, begin with an AAC device, or improve speech intelligibility. Actually, these principles work when you’re trying to teach a toddler ANYTHING. Listen here

This information is based on a chapter from my therapy manual FUNctional Phonology. Although that project is geared toward improving speech intelligibility in toddlers, the recommendations are relevant for all areas.

Let’s face it. Anytime we’re trying to direct a toddler’s attention and focus to what we want him to do instead of what he wants to do, the potential exists for it to go badly… as in bomb! We must remember that anytime we’re working with a child in therapy, what we’re doing is very difficult for the child, or else she would have already accomplished the task on his/her own.

Because this challenge already exists, we have to do everything we can to make working on the new skill as painless as possible for everyone involved, including the child, her parents, and the therapist.

7 Key Principles for Successfully Working with Toddlers and Preschoolers:

  1. Keep it Fun!
  2. Keep it Real!
  3. Keep it Realistic!
  4. Keep it Meaningful!
  5. Keep it Moving! 
  6. Keep it Easy (Enough)!
  7. Keep it Going!


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