Are you working with a child – maybe your own – who keeps you up at night?
Tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling, feeling like a failure because you know you should be making more progress, but there’s something missing?
I felt that way too – especially at the beginning of my career, and occasionally even now when I get a super hard kid. By “super hard,” I mean a little friend who does not respond to what usually works with other kids.
It drove me nuts!
Sometimes I’d leave a session in tears because I was so frustrated that I couldn’t make things any better.
Thankfully, I didn’t give up!
That feeling of “there’s got to be a better way” drove me to read and read and read until I found new things to try – things that actually worked in therapy!
Things that made my clients (and me!) better!
That’s what I want to share with you…
Ways to make things better for a little one who is not talking, which will ultimately make you better too!
I know you’re tired of worrying.
Listed below are my best resources filled with new ideas that WORK to help young children learn to communicate.
You’ll get better ideas the day the book arrives.
I don’t know if you’re like this, but for me, getting started is always the hardest part.
I can make this easier for you, I promise!
Read the list to find the closest description of what you’re dealing with…
If a toddler has inconsistent or limited eye contact, avoids other people, does not listen, or has a super short attention span and is not talking, choose Teach Me To Play WITH You. This therapy manual is written primarily for parents who are beginning to work with a very young child who is not yet talking. I’ve included step-by-step instructions for simple games and songs and even play routines with familiar toys like balls, bubbles, and cars. To make sure you’re successful, I’ll even show you how to troubleshoot. The last chapter explains approximately 20 different common problems that interfere with a child’s ability to learn to talk and play. You’ll receive lots of ideas for handling those challenges so that a child begins to make progress and teaching him becomes fun for both of you.
If a child doesn’t imitate or copy your words, but understands and follows directions, start with this book. Read the chart and know exactly where to begin to teach a child to talk! In Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers you’ll walk through the 8 levels of teaching a late talker to learn to imitate words. 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. Parents regularly tell me how well “the chart” has worked for them.
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, taking a look at his prelinguistic skills – or the things that come before we hear words- can be a game changer for you! You can on keep struggling, or you can figure out what you’re not doing yet which could make all the difference! 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 much progress with speech.
If a child has any kind of language delay, this is a great resource since it is comprehensive and covers everything! Teach 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 goal writing and for designing 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 your child is talking, but is extremely difficult to understand, he needs help getting the right sounds in the right places! FUNctional Phonology is filled with practical information to help you address speech intelligibility in toddlers. You can’t address a toddler or preschooler’s speech 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!
Worried about autism? The Autism Workbook is my newest therapy manual written specifically for working with children who have red flags for autism – whether autism has been diagnosed officially or not. If you’re a parent or pediatric therapist or teacher and treating autism is hard for you (like it is for all of us!), I can help make it easier because your plan is practically written. All you have to do is read through the checklist, determine what your priorities should be, and then get to work!
If you’re a parent doing lots of therapy without consistent professional assistance, or you’re simply looking for 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. It’s the best money you’ll spend on getting yourself the “readiest” you can be! We offer a couple of variations for sets. (Because The Autism Workbook is a new release, it’s not yet included in a set.)
Therapy Manual Combo Pack Special
Therapy Manual Combo Pack Plus
If you’re more of a watcher than a reader, I have a whole line of videos on YouTube for FREE that you can start to watch today to give you more ideas to work with your child. The best one to start with is my first DVD Teach Me To Talk. You’ll see therapy sessions with my little friends and learn how to do this with your own child. Then watch one of the other hundreds of videos for ideas with strategies and specific toys. Every day I receive emails telling me how much the videos helped parents – from both therapists and parents!! If you’re a therapist working with families who are looking for more, more, more, send them to my YouTube channel! There’s plenty for them to watch and implement right there for free : )
Working with little ones with language delays can be challenging, but with the right tools, I know you can do it!