#372 5 Best Ways to Teach Nonverbal Toddlers to Imitate

ASHA CEU Course #372

How can you teach a child to talk when he won’t imitate what you say?

The short answer is, you can’t! You have to start somewhere else! We do that by meeting a toddler where he is- that always means making our expectations or goals easier so that a toddler can be more successful.

In this one hour audio and video podcast, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares the 5 best ways for teaching nonverbal toddlers to imitate.


ASHA CEUs and Other CE Credit

A Course Handout will be provided with the purchase of credit.

ASHA CEUs for speech-language pathologists… coming soon! (See additional information for ASHA CEUs below.)

Therapists… get continuing education credit for this 1 hour course! (If you’re an email subscriber, you’ll get details first!)  

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Course Description

In this one hour audio and video podcast, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as we discuss how to teach nonverbal toddlers to begin to imitate. You’ll learn five different types of play activities and everyday routines to entice toddlers to imitate actions first and then move toward imitating vocalizations.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify 5 types of activities for teaching nonverbal toddlers to imitate. 
  2. Name at least 2 different games or toys to use for each type of activity to teach nonverbal toddlers to imitate.


Timed Agenda

Introduction – 0 – 1 minute

Importance of Imitation- 1:00 – 5:30 minutes

Typical Imitation Development – 5:30 – 10:30

5 Best Ways to Teach Imitation to Nonverbal Toddlers:

#1 Social Games – 10:30 – 21:30

#2 Simple Body Movements – 21:30 – 30:20

#3 Routine Household Activities – 30:20 – 37:50

#4 Music Toys – 37:50 – 49:30

#5 Quick One Turn Toys – 49:30 – 57:30 

Recap – 57:30

Resources & References 59:30 – 1 hour, 3 minutes


Course Director

Laura Mize, M. S., CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in young children ages birth to four with communication delays and disorders in her private practice in Stanford, Kentucky. She earned a B.S. from Mississippi University for Women and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Laura holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. She authors the website teachmetotalk.com, hosts her popular YouTube channel, and publishes a weekly audio and video podcast Teach Me To Talk: The Podcast. Laura produced a series of training DVDs for parents and professionals who work with children with developmental speech-language delays and disorders. Her best-selling DVDs and therapy manuals are used by pediatric therapists and speech-language pathologists in private practice, early intervention programs, grad schools, preschool programs, and continuing education conferences throughout the USA, Canada, South Africa, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Australia, India, Zambia, Greece, and the UK.  



Financial – Laura Mize owns teachmetotalk.com and The Laura Mize Group and therefore receives a salary, compensation for speaking, and royalties from teachmetotalk.com product sales and also receives revenue from the YouTube Partners Program.

Nonfinancial – Laura Mize has no other financial or nonfinancial relationships with any author, publisher, or SLP whose work she recommends in this course.  


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This course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).



(Coming soon!!)




Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements

Participants must have watched the video and paid the $5 processing fee to obtain a certificate of completion and/or to have your participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Once the $5 fee is paid, you will be redirected to complete additional information online required to award a Certificate of Completion which includes completion of the Verification Statement that you watched the video, Self Assessment of Learning Outcomes, a Program Evaluation, Request for Certificate, and an ASHA CEU participant form or your ASHA number for filing ASHA CEUs (if applicable).  Once all required sections are completed and submitted, you will receive access to generate your certificate which will be emailed to you upon final review of your submission. No credit will be awarded without completion of this entire process. ASHA CEU information is submitted monthly and will appear on your ASHA CEU Registry shortly thereafter. Partial credit is not available.

For Other Professionals: Upon completion and return of the forms and receipt of your $5 processing fee, a Certificate of Completion will be provided so that you may file for continuing education with your own organization or licensing agency.

For Non-Professionals and Parents: All course content is offered at an Introductory, Professional Level and may not be suitable for all parents or non-professionals. If you’d like a Certificate of Completion, you may also register for credit.

Participants who are dissatisfied should notify us by email at customerservice@teachmetotalk.com so that your issue can be resolved. We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase. Questions? Email me! Laura@teachmetotalk.com.    

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