ASHA CEU Course #382 7 Steps for Teaching Pretend Play

#382 7 Steps for Teaching Pretend Play

This course explained 7 steps for systematically teaching a toddler to pretend. Clinicians watched specific toy demonstrations for each step and learned tips for sharing these strategies with parents.


Connecting Pretend Play and Language Development

Step 1:  Help a child learn to use familiar toys appropriately or functionally.

Step 2:  Help a child learn to use objects herself.

Step 3:  Help him learn to use objects on another person.

Step 4:  Help a child use items on a doll or character.

Step 5; Help a child learn to expand toy combinations and actions.

Step 6: Help a child learn how to use symbolic substitutions during play.

Step 7:  Help a child learn to use invisible substitutions during play.


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#382 7 Steps for Teaching Pretend Play Course Description

Becoming symbolic is linked to language development in toddlers and preschoolers. The best way children demonstrate this emerging ability is through pretend play. Many late talking toddlers, particularly those with red flags for autism, have difficulty learning to pretend. In this one-hour audio/video podcast, ASHA CEU Course #382 7 Steps for Teaching Pretend Play, join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of as she explains the 7 steps for teaching pretend play skills to toddlers. See demonstrations with specific toys to walk you through the process. Therapists – get CE credit for this course


Learning Objectives
  1. Explain to parents the link between learning to pretend and learning language.
  2. Name the 7 steps for teaching a toddler to pretend.
  3. Describe toys to use for each of the 7 steps.

Therapists…get continuing education credit for this 1-hour course!

Course Director

Laura Mize, M. S., CCC-SLP, is a pediatric speech-language pathologist specializing in young children ages birth to four with communication delays and disorders in her private practice in Stanford, Kentucky. She earned a B.S. from Mississippi University for Women and an M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Southern Mississippi. Laura holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. She authors the website hosts her popular YouTube channel and publishes weekly audio and video weekly podcast Teach Me To Talk: The Podcast. Laura produced a series of training DVDs for parents and professionals who work with children with developmental speech-language delays and disorders. Her best-selling DVDs and therapy manuals are used by pediatric therapists and speech-language pathologists in private practice, early intervention programs, grad schools, preschool programs, and continuing education conferences throughout the USA, Canada, South Africa, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Australia, India, Zambia, Greece, and the UK.


Financial - Laura Mize owns and The Laura Mize Group and therefore receives a salary, compensation for speaking, and royalties from product sales and also receives revenue from the YouTube Partners Program.

Nonfinancial - Laura Mize has no other financial or nonfinancial relationships with any author, publisher, or SLP whose work she recommends in this course.

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This course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements

Participants must have watched the video and paid the $5 processing fee to obtain a certificate of completion and/or to have your participation submitted to the ASHA CE Registry. Once the $5 fee is paid, you will be redirected to complete additional information online required to award a Certificate of Completion which includes completion of the Verification Statement that you watched the video, Self Assessment of Learning Outcomes, a Program Evaluation, Request for Certificate, and an ASHA CEU participant form or your ASHA number for filing ASHA CEUs (if applicable).  Once all required sections are completed and submitted, you will receive access to generate your certificate which will be emailed to you upon final review of your submission. No credit will be awarded without completion of this entire process. ASHA CEU information is submitted monthly and will appear on your ASHA CEU Registry shortly thereafter. Partial credit is not available.

For Other Professionals: Upon completion and return of the forms and receipt of your $5 registration fee, a Certificate of Completion will be provided so that you may file for continuing education with your own organization or licensing agency.

For Non-Professionals and Parents: All course content is offered at an Introductory, Professional Level and may not be suitable for all parents or non-professionals. If you’d like a Certificate of Completion, you may also register for credit.

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ASHA CEU Course #382 7 Steps for Teaching Pretend Play

ASHA CEU Credits

This course is offered for .10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

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