Screen Time Recommendations for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Earlier this year, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association released a new pdf handout for parents about screen time to clear up the often-conflicting recommendations on screen time and technology usage by children. The information focuses on children ages 1 to 3 years who are, as the promotional literature from ASHA says, “in a unique…

Best Pretend Play Themes for Toddlers and Preschoolers

In podcast #436 we discussed the best pretend play themes for toddlers and preschoolers for speech therapy. One of the things I often say here at teachmetotalk.com is that you can teach language anytime anywhere. But the truth is… not all play themes lend themselves to pairing play and language. When we’re choosing play themes,…

Late Talker with Slow Progress? Do This!

  Are you working with a late talker with slow progress? Late talkers who add words s..l..o..w..l..y are often missing one or more of the foundational skills for language development. That’s why they seem to get “stuck.” Kids like this make a little bit of progress, learn a few new words, and then nothing…. for…

Using Visual Supports with Late Talkers with Visual Strengths

One of the lessons I’ve learned about working with late talkers is to use their learning preferences to help them in areas that are more difficult for them. Today I want to share ideas for using visual supports with late talkers with visual strengths. The most common example is a late talker with obvious visual…

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…

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