Over the last several months, I completed a podcast series on YouTube with the 11 prelinguistic skills toddlers master before words emerge. This information is often the “missing piece” when we’re trying to determine why a toddler isn’t talking yet.
If you have a child who is nonverbal or minimally verbal and haven’t taken a look at these skills, you should make time to do that.
Therapists – All 12 shows are available for CE credit and I wanted to post links in one gigantic post in case you missed any show or still need to get your CE credit for only $5 per course. Generate your certificate via email.
When you purchase CE credit, you’ll receive a pdf perfect for reviewing with parents. These handouts are great tools for telehealth visits because you’ll have strategies available at your fingertips and can send parents the pdf. Parents are telling me they purchase CE credit just for the handout so I wanted to mention that too!
The first show is an overview of all 11 skills with a great discussion of the foundational skills for language development, especially if you’re a therapist and need a way to explain to parents why we work on more than talking. These are the kinds of things parents of toddlers and preschoolers with language delays need to hear during assessments and initial visits. Here’s that show link… #385.
In the next 11 shows, each skill is reviewed in detail with an explanation of why this skill is critical for language development and how to begin to work on each skill with a toddler who is not yet communicating:
Skill #1 Responds to Things in the Environment
. This is the starting point for therapy for babies and toddlers with severe developmental delays – often due to a medical diagnosis or sensory difference like vision or hearing issues. Here’s that show link… Watch or listen for treatment strategies. #386
Skill #2 Responds to People
. Communicating always involves at least 2 people. Kids who avoid others or check out when you try to talk to them are at a huge disadvantage for learning language. BUT… you can make it better using the strategies discussed on the show. #387
Skill #3 Begins to Take Turns.
If you’re not working on this with nonverbal or minimally verbal little ones, you should be! Here’s the link. #388
Skill #4 Develops a Longer Attention Span
. Find out why attention is so important for language development, what’s normal for toddlers, and how to improve this in your busiest little ones. #389
Skill #5 Consistent Joint Attention.
The ability to shift and share attention is an area where kids who go on to be diagnosed with autism really struggle. Learn how to address this with the strategies in this show. #390
Skill #6 Develops Appropriate Play Skills.
Play is such an important predictor for cognition and for helping drive receptive and expressive language. Watch for ideas to help kids who can’t (not won’t!) play with toys! Get play going today! #391
Skill #7 Understands Words and Follows Directions.
Kids must understand words before they can use them to communicate. Learn how to help kids jumpstart their receptive language skills. #392
Skill #8 Vocalizes Purposefully.
Being noisy comes first! All children, whether they talk on time or late, progress through a phase of vocal play and experimentation so that they gain practice using their voices. Watch for strategies to help silent children begin to vocalize more consistently. #393
Skill #9 Imitates Others.
Imitation is how all children learn to talk. As parents and therapists of late talkers, we may begin to teach a child to talk by trying to get them to say words, but kids have to learn how to imitate easier, earlier things – like actions, gestures, and play sounds – before
they begin to imitate words. Watch the show for the sequence of teaching imitation and strategies to make it easier for you to teach a child who is having difficulty learning to imitate on his own. #394
Skill #10 Uses Gestures.
You’ll learn why gestures are an important predictor of language development, 2 pieces of critical EBP concerning gestures for SLPs, and how to teach gestures to toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. #395
Skill #11 Initiates with Others.
During this show, you’ll find out the importance of initiation and how to help late talking toddlers learn to take the lead during communicative interactions. Learn real strategies you can teach a child TODAY to get initiation going! #396
Therapists… get 1 hour CE credit for each of these shows for only $5!
Check out the entire page of podcast courses.
The page is in chronological order so scroll down to find the first show in this series #385.
This series is a tremendous resource to outline these important prelinguistic skills. Please feel free to share this page with other parents and therapists!