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What do you do when you’re not sure what to do in your therapy time with a child who is not talking?

 

Boy, have I been there!

 

But thankfully, not in a long time!

 

The very best tools I can offer you are written step-by-step goals, instructions, fun actitivites toddlers and preschoolers love, and most of all, practical strategies that work! 

 

You do not have to do this alone or without a real plan! 

 

At the beginning of every new “semester” I always receive lots of emails from parents and therapists with questions like these below.

 

If you struggle to come up with what you should actually do during your time with a child who isn’t talking or if it’s frustrating for you to work with a toddler or preschooler with language delays, read the product suggestions to get an idea of what’s going on and the best resource to address your specific needs.

 

If a child is not responding to you, making eye contact, or staying with you for very long when you try to play or teach them something, Teach Me To Play WITH You is a therapy manual written for working with young children who have difficulty interacting socially with others. Instructions are included for beginning play with developmentally-appropriate activities using simple games and toys that are readily available in most homes. There are separate chapters with explicit directions, words, and hand motions for many familiar finger plays and traditional childhood songs. Activities are written so that professionals can copy pages of a specific activity, complete the activity during a session, and share the copy with parents with homework. The final chapter explains approximately 20 different common problems related to sensory processing issues that we see interfere with a child’s ability to engage others along with multiple strategies for addressing these challenges during play at home.

 

If you like the idea of reading a goal and several proven activities to address that milestoneTeach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual is written specifically for speech-language pathologists and other early intervention professionals who work with young children birth to 4 with receptive and expressive language delays and disorders. Because this project was written for professionals, it may not be as family-friendly as other teachmetotalk.com products, but many committed mothers and fathers report that this manual gave them more direction and specific instructions for what to work on at home than any other resource they’ve used. This manual is especially helpful for selecting goals and then designing corresponding fun and developmentally-appropriate treatment activities for toddlers and young children functioning from the 6-9 month developmental level up to the 48 month developmental level. It’s the ultimate “how to” tool for working with infants and toddlers with language delays.

 

If you’re working with a child who understands language, enjoys interacting with other people, but does not try to say or imitate wordsBuilding Verbal Imitation in Toddlers will teach you step-by-step the 8 levels of teaching a late talker to learn to imitate. Many times parents and therapists don’t see success with late talking toddlers because the adult isn’t working on the right things. The child actually needs to learn several “in between” steps before he’s ready to begin to imitate words and learn to talk.This simple, straight-forward approach is evidence-based and easy for both parents and therapists to understand and implement during familiar play-based activities and daily routines. You’ll find a one page chart to summarize what you should work on first, then next, etc. Parents and therapists regularly tell me how well “the chart” has worked for them.

 

If you’re working with a child who tries to talk, but is very difficult to understand, get FUNctional Phonology . It’s filled with practical information to help you address speech intelligibility in toddlers. You can’t address a toddler’s articulation skills with methods recommended for older kids without some tweaks! Let me show you how to modify what you do so that you can be more effective. If you’re a parent and aren’t sure HOW to cue a child to change the way he pronounces words, then this therapy manual is definitely for you!

 

If the child you’re working with does not talk at all, has said only a few words but rarely imitates, doesn’t consistently follow instructions, or may not fit any “pattern” you’ve read about, you will need to look at prelinguistic skills – or the things that come before we hear words. Let’s Talk About Talking is a HUGE resource reviewing the 11 skills that a child must master before he learns to communicate. This is truly the “encyclopedia” of working with toddlers with language delays for any reason. Get this comprehensive resource today and start figuring out what’s missing! While it is pricey, I promise, it’s the piece that makes all the difference for kids who have not made progress in speech therapy.

 

If you suspect a child has autism and you want to be sure you’re addressing every area you can to help him move forward, use the questions and checklists from The Autism Workbook and devise your plan! These evidence-based treatment approaches will be your best shot for treating a young child who has red flags for autism. You’ll be addressing all the key features of autism while designing a very individualized treatment program. For parents and therapists!!

 

If you’re a professional and need new tools that work, or if you’re a parent doing lots of therapy without consistent professional assistance, or you’re simply looking for lots and lots and lots of ideas, order the entire set of therapy manuals to build your own library and have strategies at your fingertips at a moment’s notice. The ideas in these manuals are how I still plan therapy for my own personal caseload every single day. It’s the best money you’ll spend on getting yourself the most “ready” you can be!  Get the set. (The Autism Workbook is NOT included in this set since it’s brand new!)

 

 

 

 

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