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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 activities 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! 

 

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, not listening, or does not stay 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, follows directions, 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 words, 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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"I just received Teach Me to Play With You, and it is ALREADY WORKING! WOW!

Girl…my son is 3 years old, and he NEVER asks for something using words. We were playing “Get Your Belly” (from Teach Me to Play WITH You), and after several times, he laughed and screamed "BEWIEEE!!!"  It was a hoot. And I can't believe he said it! I have played with him like this before, but this time I took your advice and acted CRAZY!! I will act like a total lunatic if it will get him to talk to me!  Now I can give him "the look" from across the room, and he will say it. That manual is so amazingly practical, and it is a GODSEND right now! Thank you SO MUCH!”

"I wanted to send you a quick email to say thank you. I started watching your videos/podcasts about 4 months ago. My son has gone from losing words he previously used, only having about 7 words at his 2 year check up in August (assessed at a blended 10 month language level) -- to now having so many words, increased social engagement, following commands, spontaneously requesting things, and naming letters & numbers (not in order) as well as colors. We had our monthly meeting with our SLP through the state infants & toddlers program and it felt like we were just bragging the whole time, but I knew in the back of my head it was because I have been using strategies you taught me.

We still have so much work to do with our sweet boy, but I know in my heart he would not have succeeded without the education you provided. I will continue to read your emails & watch videos as we go along this journey and face challenges, but credit is due to you, Laura.

Thank you so much, endlessly."

KATIE

"I just want to tell how fortunate I feel to have found your website and you!! I became a special instructor in EI almost a year ago and I started with hardly any applicable training. I felt so lost and confused as how to help the kids I work with learn how to use words and play. Honestly, I didn't even understand the importance of play, although I always played with my kids. But, once I started to watch your podcasts and get some of your manuals I felt a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and that I could finally teach these kids and their families something of value from a real therapist and based on research!. Thank you so much for seeing the need to help other EI service providers and providing a forum to share your knowledge and years of valuable experience. I'm sure you get a lot of these emails every week if not every day, but I wanted to make I could add to those notes of gratitude!! THANK YOU again!!"

SS

"Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for these emails and your books, I have them all and they have seriously saved and improved my sessions with my kiddos. Huge thank you."

REBECCA

"I was very frustrated with how speech therapy was going for my child. I would take him and drop him off and not hear much of anything from his therapist and teachers other than, "He had a good (or a bad!) day." Your materials were invaluable for us because I learned how to work with him on his speech. I learned how to teach him to talk and play. I learned how to pay attention to his cues and work with him to teach him to communicate. Without it, I have no doubt he still wouldn’t talk."

BRITNEY

"Hi! I just wanted to say (from an SLT perspective) how incredibly useful I am finding absolutely all of your articles, blogs and resources - I only discovered your site last month and have just received all your books which I feel I am learning more than on my entire university training course!! But also the way in which you give specific, realistic, fun, encouraging ideas for working with parents is really just fantastic, I only wish I have your site sooner! Thanks so much from the UK! Kind regards."

HANNAH

"I just wanted to reach out to say thank you for making things a little easier to manage for me this year. I made the transition from school SLP to private therapist about a year ago. While the change was welcome, it was a lot, and I was just getting my footing in the clinic when I began teletherapy full time. Your website has been a huge lifeline in helping me work with late talkers and coach their parents in an accessible but effective way, even remotely. I look forward to getting your emails each week. I am floored by the amount of valuable, free information that your website provides, and I’m looking forward to investing in your workbooks soon. A sincere thank you for all you do!"

ALLISON

"You are an inspiration! I am truly grateful for the way you put into words and writing how to do what we do as SLPs. At this time in my 13 years of practicing, I find your encouragement keeps me going. As a single mom, I find it a stretch to buy materials these days and I am so thankful for the freebies you so generously share that help me teach my families. I don’t have much time to put together lists or quick references for parents!! Much gratitude!!"

ANDREA