#375 7 Principles for Designing Successful Speech Therapy Sessions for Toddlers 

ASHA CEU Course #375

7 Principles for Designing Successful Speech Therapy Sessions for Toddlers

ASHA course # 0375, Provider Code AAYF

As a therapist or parent, do you struggle when you try to work with a late talking toddler? I can help! Watch this podcast for 7 key principles for teaching parents to achieve success with therapy strategies at home with late talking toddlers, particularly for those toddlers with speech intelligibility issues.  This show is part 3 in our summer podcast series. Watch podcasts #373 and #374 to catch up!

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! This is especially true when we’re working on speech intelligibility. The very essence of this goal – changing how a child says a word – is somehow very difficult for the child, or else she would have already accomplished this feat on her own. Because this challenge already exists, we have to do everything we can to make working on speech intelligibility as painless as possible for everyone involved – the child, her parents, and the therapist.

The 7 Key Principles I’ll be explaining in this podcast are:

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!

Therapists – get CE credit for watching this video! SLPs – this course is eligible for ASHA CEUs.


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ASHA CEUs and Other CE Credit

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

ASHA CEUs for speech-language pathologists… coming soon! Therapists… get continuing education credit for this 1 hour course! (If you’re an email subscriber, you’ll get details first!)


Course Description

This course explained 7 key principles for teaching parents to use successful therapy strategies at home with late talking toddlers, particularly for working with toddlers with speech intelligibility issues.




  1. Define 7 key principles to parents for working with toddlers to achieve success with therapy strategies at home, especially for those toddlers with speech intelligibility issues.




Overview of 7 Key Principles

Review of each principle:

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!



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.

Teach Me To Talk Laura Mize Group

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.  

Do you need more ideas for working on speech intelligibility with toddlers? Get my therapy manual FUNctional Phonology: A Language-Based Approach for Improving Speech Intelligibility in Toddlers.

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