Podcast #381 Jumpstart Expressive Language in Late Talking Toddlers

ASHA CEU Course #381

Podcast #381 Jumpstart Expressive Language in Late Talking Toddlers

ASHA course # 0381, Provider Code AAYF

Are you not sure how to help a late talker begin to use words?

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… TEACH IMITATION!

But don’t start with words! Begin with actions…Introduce gestures… Analyze nonverbal actions a child might imitate… Get noisy with play sounds…Try automatic speech…Teach FUNCTIONAL single words…Move on to phrases…

AND discover how to introduce the following traditional speech therapy techniques (modeling, offering choices, withholding, and sabotage) in the correct sequence to maximize success with late talking toddlers. Watch the show for this hierarchy… it works!! 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  – coming soon!  



Link to listen:

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 strategies for systematically helping facilitate expressive language in late talking toddlers by walking through a hierarchy of imitation skills and by using modeling, offering choices, withholding, and sabotage in the correct sequence to maximize success with late talking toddlers.


  1. Explain to parents the importance of teaching imitation to late talking toddlers.  
  2. Name the 8 steps to teaching imitation skills to toddlers.
  3. Explain modeling, offering choices, withholding, and sabotage to parents. 
  4. Identify the best sequence for using each of these strategies with late talking toddlers.


The Importance of Teaching Imitation to Late Talking Toddlers

Hierarchy of Imitation Skills

8 Steps for Teaching Imitation

Discussion of Effective Strategies

  • Modeling
  • Offering Choices
  • Withholding
  • Sabotage

Sequencing Strategies to Maximize Success with Late Talking Toddlers.



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 and language skills with toddlers?

For help with speech intelligibility, 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.  

Posted in


Leave a Comment

Sign Up for your Free eBook


Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.

Subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes

Browse Products

Featured Product

Recent Posts