#384 Tips for Teaching Toddlers to Point

ASHA CEU Course #384

Podcast #384 Tips for Teaching Toddlers to Point

ASHA course # 0384, Provider Code AAYF

Pointing is such an important way to communicate – especially for late talking toddlers. I call it the quintessential gesture because once toddlers learn how to point, they’ve reached a new milestone for communicating. We no longer have to guess what they want; they’re showing us! We refer to pointing as a gesture – or a nonverbal way to communicate a specific message. Research from firstwordsproject.com states that toddlers should have 16 gestures by 16 months. Gestures always precede spoken words in language development; it’s a predictor of when toddlers begin to use words. Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com as she shares tips for teaching toddlers to point. Therapists – get 1 hour CE credit for this show for only $5! See details below.



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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 four benefits of signing with late talking toddlers, five prerequisite skills to make signing successful, three cueing strategies and sequencing, and the first 20+ signs to teach parents to faciliate functional use of early sign language as a bridge to words.



  1. State 3 important strategies to help toddlers with developmental delays learn to point.
  2. Demonstrate 3 strategies for parents and other caregivers with toys and during daily routines.



The Importance of Gestural Development

3 Strategies for Teaching Toddlers to Point

  1. Establish consistent joint attention. 

      2. Teach a toddler to imitate these motor actions first. 

      3. Teach a toddler to isolate his index finger.




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).

ASHA CREDIT will be available after 10/5/2019. Please make sure all forms are compliant with this date. 


(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? If a child is an infrequent imitator, begin with strategies from Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers. For written directions for teaching signs, begin with Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual.

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