HOPE…What Every Parent Wants

Every single parent you’ll encounter today, tomorrow, this week, and next year is looking for the SAME thing…   HOPE.   They all want hope. Hope that whatever is going on with their child will get better. Hope that you have answers they don’t.   Don’t believe me? Then start listening to what parents say……

The Truth about Flashcards for Toddlers Who Don’t Yet Talk

The Truth about Flashcards for Toddlers Who Don’t Yet Talk I almost titled this post “Why Flashcards Don’t Work to Teach a Nonverbal Toddler to Talk,” but I opted for the one above instead. Many parents and even some therapists default to using flashcards in an effort to teach a child new words. From a…

When a Toddler Is Not Talking Yet… You Need a Plan!

As speech-language pathologists and parents, when a toddler is not talking yet, we rush in to try to help them learn to say new words and pronounce them clearly. When these first attempts don’t work, we become frustrated, sometimes very frustrated, with the lack of progress. This is the point where I usually meet parents…

Child Not Talking? Teach a Child to Imitate

Learning to imitate sounds and words is a critical skill in a child’s quest to become verbal. Many children who are late talkers, those who have more specific language delays/disorders such as apraxia or autism, have great difficulty learning to repeat words. When toddlers don’t begin to say words on time, one of the first things…

Language Delay? Understanding Communication Skills for Parents

As a pediatric speech-language pathologist, I often get referral information for a child with the primary concern listed as “speech delay” or “communication delay.” These are often catch-all terms that can mean a child is not saying as many words as other babies his age, is talking but is hard to understand, doesn’t follow directions,…

How To Prompt a Child to Talk by Initiating

This week I’ve fielded the same question from a few families and therapists who have emailed me about how to prompt a child to talk. They’ve asked about kids who can talk, but don’t initiate to begin conversations with other people. Many times these kids don’t ask questions, and sometimes, they don’t request very many…

Toddler Grunts Instead of Talking – Ideas for Parents to Help a Child Learn to Use Words

Do you have a child who grunts instead of talking? Many parents of late talkers say that their child grunts instead of using words and ask for ideas for helping a child learn to talk. Here’s an excerpt from an e-mail I received from our “Ask the SLP” post. “My son is 18 months old…
Signs of Speech Delay in Toddlers - When to Worry

Signs of Speech Delay in Toddlers – When to Worry

What’s the number one factor that unites mothers across cultural, social, and economic boundaries? It’s worry. Most of us obsess about our kids. In this article, we’re going to discuss signs of speech delay in toddlers and when to worry. But first things first… In the first few months of motherhood, it’s all about our…

Quick Social Game… Swinging in a Blanket

Earlier this week I sent an email titled, “The Trouble with Social Games.” In it I addressed 3 reasons social games don’t work (at first) for some toddlers with language delays, but I didn’t include one of the main reasons social games don’t work… We’re not creative enough! By we, I mean the adult who…

Late Talking… Everything You Want To Know

  Without a doubt, the most common question I have received at teachmetotalk.com about late talking since our launch in 2008 is this… Will my late talker catch up? If you’re parent of a late talker, I know you’re scared. I know you’re worried. But the current research about late talking offers lots of hope!…
ASHA CEU COURSE #418 Teaching Toddlers Developmentally Appropriate Consonant Sounds

Best Toys and Activities for Treating Toddler Articulation

From podcast 418 See each toy and the best target words in italics. Target words are selected based on facilitative contexts or how easy it is for a child to produce the consonant sound with the paired vowels. See show 418 for details!   /p, b, m/ Pee/Poop Toys– pee, poop, push I like toy…

Treating Trauma in Toddlers with Language Delays/Disorders

Last week I shared some information about Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs. If you missed that, read it here. To refresh your memory, ACEs are potentially traumatic events that happen in childhood including things that happen to a child personally – physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect – as well as things that…

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