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ASHA CEU Course #393 Prelinguistic Skill #8 Vocalizes Purposefully

Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she continues her podcast series discussing prelinguistic skills all toddlers master before words emerge. This show reviews the 8th prelinguistic skill… vocalizes purposefully. This milestone means that a child understands that he alone can control his own little voice. When I talk about this with parents, I describe this process as becoming “noisy.” All children, whether they talk on time or late, must progress through a phase of vocal play and experimentation so that they gain practice using their voices. Children may be quiet for a variety of purposes. Regardless of the specific etiology, parents should understand that all talk begins with the ability to volitionally produce sound. SLPs should provide parents an explanation of basic speech sound production, including simplified versions of the neurological processes that occur when we vocalize and generate language. Listen to the show for strategies to facilitate more consistent vocalizations in nonverbal toddlers. Therapists… get 1 hour of CE credit for this show for only $5.

Get noisy yourself! Focus on saying more “sound effects” during play and daily routines. Slurp your drinks, grunt as you open lids, make animal and vehicle noises, clear your throat, fake sneeze, etc… Listen to the podcast for loads of additional examples. Imitate a toddler’s sounds. It’s extremely rare that a child never produces sound. Repeat any sounds or babbles you hear. This is “reciprocal imitation” and it can be powerful. Make sure a child can see you so that he knows you’re intentionally repeating him and trying to encourage him to vocalize. Move! Movement is a fantastic way for helping a toddler regulate her system so that she can “rev up” and begin to make noise. With toddlers who are very quiet, this is your best initial strategy. Any kind of physical movement can work – but initially aim for 10 – 15 minutes of continuous movement. Some children will require more. While the child is moving, you’ll need to be loud yourself to prompt any noise he might make. Think sounds, not words. Listen to the show for practical ideas. Change your space. Sometimes a new location can promote a different response from a toddler. Use crowd noise. Encourage a child to try to vocalize when he’s in a noisy environment. Simulate crowd noise by playing as a group. Listen to the show for instructions.


Brief Review of 11 Prelinguistic Skills (0 – 11:35 minutes)

  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

Potential Reasons Children Don’t Vocalize  (11:35 – 16:26)
Best Strategies to Help Nonverbal Toddlers Learn to Vocalize (16:16 – 1:06)

Learning Objectives
  1. Explain the importance of becoming “noisy” to parents for toddlers who are not yet vocalizing consistently.
  2. Discuss 3 strategies to facilitate vocalizations in non-verbal toddlers.
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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.


Financial - Laura Mize owns teachmetotalk.com and The Laura Mize Group and therefore receives a salary, compensation for speaking, and royalties from teachmetotalk.com 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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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.

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