ASHA CEU Course #389 Prelinguistic Skill #4 Develops a Longer Attention Span

ASHA CEU Course #389 Prelinguistic Skill #4 Develops a Longer Attention Span

This course reviewed the eleven prelinguistic skills toddlers master before language emerges and reviewed in detail the fourth skill, DEVELOPS A LONGER ATTENTION SPAN. This course explained norms for attention in toddlers and the connection between adequate attention and the development of early communication skills. Strategies for teaching parents how to extend a toddler’s attention provided for review.


Brief Review of 11 Prelinguistic Skills (0 – 4:25)

  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

How is attention related to language development? (4:25 – 12:00)

Discussion of norms for attention span for toddlers (12:00 – 16:00)

Full Discussion of Skill #4 (16:00 – 30:00)

  •  Characteristics of Toddlers Who Attend
  • Other Sensory Profiles for Toddlers
    • Busy toddlers – Sensory Seekers
    • Less engaged – Lower Arousal Levels
    • Toddlers who are stuck – Perseverative or Self-Stimulatory Actions

Strategies and Activities to Address Attention in Young Children (30:00 – 1 hour, 3 minutes)

  • Movement
  • Move – Sit – Move – Sit
  • Physical Proximity
  • Limit Screen Time
  • 1 More Rule
  • Visual Target

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ASHA CEU Course #389 Prelinguistic Skill #4 Develops a Longer Attention Span Course Description

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, ASHA CEU Course #389 Prelinguistic Skill #4 Develops a Longer Attention Span, we’re explaining in detail the necessary skills. First, we’ll review what research tells us is “normal” for toddlers so that our expectations are realistic and discuss why attention is necessary to help toddlers learn the language. When a toddler has difficulty attending, we must find ways to help them. In the show we discussed strategies to help busy kids slow down so that they are ready to listen and learn, disengaged kids rev up so that they can listen and learn, and kids who are “stuck” move on so that they can listen and learn. Because these problems express themselves very differently, there’s not a one-size-fits-all strategy for helping these diverse groups of toddlers, but there are things you can try until you find a solution.

Watch ASHA CEU Course #385 for background and a brief explanation of all 11 skills. 

Learning Objectives
  1. Explain why an adequate attention span is linked with early communication skill development.
  2. Describe how movement can help toddlers with different sensory profiles develop a longer attention span.
  3. Identify at least 3 strategies parents can use at home with toddlers and preschoolers to increase their ability to attend.

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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 #389 Prelinguistic Skill #4 Develops a Longer Attention Span

ASHA CEU Credits

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

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