In my therapy manual Let’s Talk About Talking… Ways to Strengthen the 11 Skills All Toddlers Master Before Words Emerge, I’m teaching you how to target pre-linguistic skills that establish the foundation for communicating. This is a tremendous resource for both parents and professionals. It’s HUGE – 377 pages – but extremely user-friendly. Figure out what you want to work on with a child using the easy checklist, flip to the chapter for that skill, and get busy! The therapy plan is practically written for you! Before any kid begins to talk, he’s mastering these distinct skills. When anyone skill is disrupted, there’s likely a language delay. When several are missing, a stall in language development is inevitable. When a child struggles to attain many of these skills, a long-term communication disorder is likely.
In FUNctional Phonology… Do you need help working with a late-talking toddler who is also unintelligible? I have a great tool for you! It’s my therapy manual Functional Phonology and it’s filled with practical information to help you address speech intelligibility in toddlers. You can’t address a toddler’s articulation skills with methods recommended for older kids without some tweaks! Let me show you how to modify what you do so that you can be more effective. If you’re a parent and aren’t sure HOW to cue a child to change the way he pronounces words, then this therapy manual is definitely for you! For speech-language pathologists, the best part is learning how to teach parents what to do at home. 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 (best for helping justify your decision to eager families!), 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.
The idea to combine these two manuals comes from this email…
Laura – I wanted to send you a message to let you know how helpful Let’s Talk About Talking and FUNctional Phonology have been for me. I’ve treated kids in EI for 15 years with an infant/toddler and outpatient preschool caseload. This year I am now supervising grad students and a new CF. Using these two manuals seems to cover most of our caseload of nonverbal toddlers and highly unintelligible preschoolers! I’ve used your other manuals for years now, and will continue to use them (because that information is timeless), but the information included in both Let’s Talk About Talking and FUNctional Phonology targets not only what to do in our sessions, but how to teach parents to do activities that really work with their children at home. It’s the right blend of theory meets the parent ed – consultative model and so helpful for clinicians who are brand new, plus those of us who have been around a while. Thank you so much and keep up the good work! I hope you’ll be doing something more for preschoolers with autism and group programming ideas! Lisa B., SLP, FL
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