Podcast #380 Teaching Final Sounds and Speech Diagnoses Review

ASHA CEU Course #380

Podcast #380 Teaching Final Sounds and Speech Diagnoses Review

ASHA course # 0380, Provider Code AAYF

Many times when we’re working with toddlers with speech intelligibility issues, we don’t know where to begin – or we start working on the wrong things and are met with little progress and lots of frustration! There are 6 developmentally-appropriate patterns to target to improve speech intelligibility in very young children. In this show, I’ll teach you the last pattern, final consonant sounds, to prioritize when working with toddlers. I’ll give you tips for explaining to parents why this pattern is important for speech development and how to determine if a toddler uses this pattern. In the last half of the show, we’ll also review the speech diagnoses that a child may receive when his speech is highly unintelligible.  Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP for this one hour audio/video podcast.

Therapists – get CE credit for this course for only $5 – including ASHA CEUs for speech-language pathologists! 

This show is part 8 in our summer podcast series. Watch podcasts #373, #374, #375 , #376#377 , #378, and #379 for other important information for helping toddlers be understood when they talk!



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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 the final of the six speech/phonological patterns to prioritize when working with toddlers with speech intelligibility issues – correct final consonants. Clinicians learned to explain to parents why this pattern is important to speech development and how to determine if their toddler uses this pattern in spontaneous utterances. Early target words and activities were reviewed for teaching final consonants to toddlers. Relevant speech diagnoses were also reviewed to aid clinicians in differential diagnosis.



  1. Explain to parents why including final consonants is important to speech development. 
  2. Explain to parents how to determine if a toddler uses final consonants in words during spontaneous utterances.
  3. Name developmentally appropriate initial target words to teach final consonants to toddlers.
  4. Explain basic definitions for speech delay, apraxia, dysarthria, and phonological disorders to parents.


Final Consonant Sounds

  • Explaining the Impact of Using Final Consonant Sounds for Speech Intelligibility to Parents
  • Teaching Parents to Identify Correct Final Consonant Sounds
  • Practical Ways to Facilitate Correct  Final Consonant Sounds in Toddlers’ Speech
  • List of Early Target Words Containing  Developmentally-Appropriate Final Consonants for Toddlers

Review of Speech Diagnoses 

  • Speech Delay
  • Apraxia – Suspected  Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Dysarthria
  • Phonological Disorder



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.

If a child is an infrequent imitator, begin with strategies from Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers.

When a child has difficulty with consistent social interaction, begin with Teach Me To Play WITH You.

When a child has difficulty following directions or has a limited vocabulary, begin with Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual.


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