Rank #1: #201 Making Books Better Part 2
Rank #2: #379 Variety of Syllable Shapes and Switching Vowels from Syllable to Syllable
Rank #3: #225 Using a Cycles Approach to Treat Phonological Disorders in Toddlers
Rank #4: #275 Skills a Toddler MUST Use BEFORE Words Emerge - Show 1 of New Series
While it is true that "All kids develop differently," there's a general pattern of development that children follow before we begin to hear words - whether kids talk late or on time.
In this week's show, we'll begin this series with a brief overview of what happens when a child uses a word and then spend a good portion of the show looking at what's normal regarding vocabulary size from 12 months to 48 months.
Additionally, we'll review a few red flags that let us know a child is at risk for more than late talking.
For a written summary of today's show, read the post below at Laura's website teachmetotalk.com:
#275 Show Summary
Rank #5: #209 Toddler Aggression: What's Normal & What's Not
Rank #6: #247 What REALLY, REALLY Works to Help Late Talking Toddlers...A Reset for Fall
The post this show is based on is here: What Works...Strategies that Help Toddlers Learn to Talk
To find out more about the products Laura mentioned in this show, click here.
Rank #7: #134 Social Skills in Toddlers with Developmental Delays
Rank #8: #123 Stages of Play
Rank #9: #165 Expressive Language Development in Toddlers - Part II
Rank #10: #172 Learning to Answer Questions - Where, Yes/No, Choices
Rank #11: #147 Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers
Rank #12: #263 My Top 10 Activities for First Sessions with Toddlers
Rank #13: #361 Using Verbal Routines with Toddlers While Playing Outside This Spring
Rank #14: #212 Setting Up Autism Preschool Classrooms
Rank #15: #198 AAC Devices in Early Intervention
Rank #16: #252 Ideas for Toddlers Who Don't Sit Still for Speech Therapy
From Laura... Here's the truth... MANY late talking toddlers can't (not WON'T) sit still. We'll BRIEFLY talk about why that is and then move on to ideas that WORK for our friends who need to move, move, move. Here's a list of things I do with my busiest little friends:
Do what they like!Decrease demands overall so that a child doesn't feel "forced." Participation is your ONLY goal. This can dramatically help!!Don't sit... MOVE! Target language during gross motor movement or outside playground activities such as sliding, jumping on a trampoline, swinging, etc...Try social games where moving is a part of the game - Ring Around the Rosies, Row Row Your Boat, Ride a Little Horsie - verbal routines during those games to target receptive and expressive language.Introduce play that involves moving - improvise a basketball game even without a hoop, bowling, launcher toys, and relay gamesWork on Structured Teaching Tasks - TEACCH methodOver time begin to alternate activities move - sit - move - sitModify a child's space so that movement is less of an option. Beware....belting them into a high chair is usually NOT a good option! Don't try strategies for older children like "if/then." Many times our little friend DON'T understand that promise.Reinforce sitting.
Rank #17: #165 Expressive Language Development in Toddlers - Part II
Rank #18: #295 Selecting Therapy Activities for Toddlers
Planning ANYTHING for toddlers can be a challenge! Selecting effective therapy activities is even more tricky! How do you know where to begin, especially when it's hard to hold a child's attention?
Over the next few episodes, we'll be talking about guidelines I use for selecting therapy activities for toddlers and preschoolers with language delays. Beyond writing outcomes and setting goals, we need to spend some time thinking about the kinds of tasks that will be effective and engaging for young children. In this show we'll talk about 3 important factors for helping you determine what it is you'll actually do during your time with a child. While it sounds like this is a show primarily for therapists, moms and dads who are committed to working with their own children with delayed language skills can also use these principles!
Factors to Consider When Planning Activities:
Developmental LevelRegulatory LevelChild's Interests and Preferences
If you'd like more information about planning effective therapy sessions, check out Teach Me To Talk: The Therapy Manual. These ideas are outlined in Chapter 10 in that book.