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ASHA CEU Course #388 Prelinguistic Skill #3 Teach A Child Begin Turn Taking

This ASHA CEU course #0388 Prelinguistic Skill #3 Teach a Child to Begin Turn Taking, reviewed the eleven prelinguistic skills toddlers master before language emerges and reviewed in detail the third skill, BEGINS TURN TAKING. This course explained how early turn taking impacts the development of language skills. Strategies and activities for teaching parents how to teach young children to begin to take turns nonverbally before words emerge were presented.

Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she explains the 11 prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. This is show #4 in this series.  In this show, we’re explaining in detail Skill #3, takes turns with you during interactions.  Turn taking means that a child takes turns during communicative interactions with others. Therapists often refer to this skill as reciprocity, or the back and forth flow we see occurring between two people. It’s the yin and yang, the give and take, of communication. Turn taking is cooperative—each person shares the lead so that no one is “the boss” all the time.
Balancing and sharing control is something we want kids with developmental delays to know how to do. Late talkers can be on either extreme, always leading or always following, and it results in problems interacting with others. When we teach a child to take turns, we’re addressing those issues. When a child learns how to take turns, she also begins to understand that it’s fun to keep that interaction going. She stays tuned in and responds to people who talk and play with her for longer and longer periods of time. Many times, speech-language pathologists think about turn-taking as a verbal skill, but like every other prelinguistic skill we’re discussing, turn taking begins as a nonverbal activity.

The good news is… YOU CAN MAKE IT BETTER! Using the simple, straightforward tips in this podcast, you’ll help a child begin to take turns.

Other shows in this series… series begins at #385 with an overview and then a new show for each skill.



Intro (0 – 2:30)

Brief Review of 11 Prelinguistic Skills (2:15 – 13:33)

  1. Reacts to events in the environment
  2. Responds to people
  3. Begins turn taking
  4. Develops a longer attention span
  5. Shifts and shares joint attention
  6. Plays with a variety of toys appropriately
  7. Understands early words and follows simple directions
  8. Vocalizes purposefully
  9. Imitates actions, gestures, sounds, and words
  10. Uses early gestures
  11. Initiates interaction with others

Full Discussion of Skill #3 (13:33 – 34:00)

  • Characteristics and Behaviors of Children Who Do and Don’t Take Turns
  • Importance of Turn Taking for Language Development
  • Explaining This Information to Parents

Strategies and Activities to Facilitate Turn Taking in Young Children (34:00 – 1 hour)

Summary (1 hour to 1 hour, 3 minutes)

Learning Objectives
  1. Explain how early turn taking linked with early language development.
  2. Identify at least 3 strategies parents can use at home with babies and toddlers to increase their ability to respond and connect with other people.
PDF Handout

Parents, stay on track with all the recommendations discussed in the show. The handout is perfect for helping you remember and for sharing with your child's therapists. Get your copy today!

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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. 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 teachmetotalk.com 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.


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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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