#387 Prelinguistic Skill #2… Teach a Child to Respond To People

ASHA CEU Course #387

Podcast #387 

ASHA course # 0387, Provider Code AAYF

Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she explains the 11 prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. This is show #3 in this series.  In this show, we’re explaining in detail Skill #2 RESPONDS TO PEOPLE. Communicating always involves at least 2 people. When a child doesn’t routinely respond and interact when you try to talk to him, play with him, or teach him something, it’s highly unlikely he’s learning anything! In my experience, parents first begin to suspect there’s a problem with a child’s development when he or she seems to ignore other people or avoid contact. Sometimes parents mischaracterize a child as being stubborn or lazy when the real problem is, he doesn’t know how to respond. The good news is… YOU CAN MAKE IT BETTER! Using the simple, straightforward tips in this podcast, you’ll help a child learn to notice you and eventually, begin to interact with you as he or she learns to respond. 

Watch #385 for background and a brief explanation of the 11 skills. In show #386 we discussed Skill #1 Reacts to Environmental Events.





Link to listen:

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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 reviewed the eleven prelinguistic skills toddlers master before language emerges and reviewed in detail the second skill, RESPONDS TO PEOPLE. This course explained the connection between social skill development and early communication skills. Strategies for teaching parents how to engage their children during everyday routines and play were recommended.


  1. Explain how responding to people is linked with early communication skill development. 
  2. Identify at least 5 strategies parents can use at home with babies and toddlers to increase their ability to respond and connect with other people. 


1 hour:

Brief Review of 11 Prelinguistic Skills

  1. Reacts to events in the environment
  2. Responds to people
  3. Begins turn taking
  4. Develops a longer attention span
  5. Shifts and shares joint attention
  6. Plays with a variety of toys appropriately
  7. Understands early words and follows simple directions
  8. Vocalizes purposefully
  9. Imitates actions, gestures, sounds, and words
  10. Uses early gestures
  11. Initiates interaction with others

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 available after 10/25/19. Please make sure the date included on your participant form is after this date.

Unfortunately, pictures and jpeg images are not accepted by ASHA so we will no longer be accepting pictures of forms or jpeg images of the ASHA CE participant form. You will receive a certificate of completion so that you can track your own credit and record that as necessary. We are not responsible for notifying you that your form did not meet ASHA’s standards.






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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