The SLP’s favorite tools: ALL 5 of Laura’s best-selling Therapy Manuals – Teach Me To Play WITH You, Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual, Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers, and FUNctional Phonology, Plus The Autism Workbook.
Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual
Pediatric speech-language pathologists RAVE about this manual in courses and follow-up emails! This best-selling therapy manual is essential for any speech-language pathologist, developmental therapist, early intervention specialist or other EI professional who treats toddlers with communication delays and disorders.
Teach Me To Play WITH You
This 190-page manual is filled with simple routines, songs, and games designed to inspire adults to interact with children in ways to motivate them to play WITH you. It’s a book of ideas to get you started so that you’ll know what to do when you play with a child who has difficulty staying with you and paying attention or with a child who seems bored and aloof most of the time.
Building Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers
This simple, straight-forward approach is easy for both parents and therapists to understand and implement during familiar play-based activities and daily routines. Laura’s method delivers a framework for knowing where to begin work with a late-talking child, provides ideas for what to try when a young child’s progress stalls, and can serve as your new approach when your standard methods don’t seem to be adequate for a particular child’s issues.
All this information lines up perfectly with a parent coaching model. You’re telling parents, “This is what you can do during your everyday routines at home to help improve your child’s ability to be understood.” You’ll also get lots of other tools too- checklists for deciding who is and who is not ready to work on articulation a form to help you prioritize your first therapy goals, cheat sheets for how to cue consonant AND vowel sounds, plus TONS of developmentally appropriate therapy activities that work in clinic, preschool, and home settings.
In this workbook, we will discuss twelve focus areas to assess and address communication skills in very young children with autism or red flags for ASD. These first seven areas are the most important or “big picture” areas for language development. I refer to these areas as “core skills” because you will likely need to develop, or at least strengthen, each area for almost every toddler or preschooler with autism or red flags for ASD. These will be your key components for establishing a comprehensive speech therapy treatment plan to improve overall communication skills. The next five approaches will be necessary for some young children with ASD depending on very specific challenges and their continued struggles to make gains in the core areas. These areas are found in the second section of this manual.