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The topic of this episode is “Help!  My Child isn’t talking yet!”  This episode will give you information about speech therapy for toddlers at home and what you can do to jumpstart your late talkers.  And in the quick tip, I share a website where you can connect to other parents of children with special needs for support and resources.

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Speech Therapy for Toddlers and Late Talkers Summary Notes

In this episode, I will discuss:

    • When should my child start talking?
      • first word around 1 years
      • 50 words by 1.5 years
      • Using some 2-word combinations by 2 years
      • There is a Wide Range of Normal!  Don’t stress out if your child is just slightly behind these norms.
    • What if not doing that?
      • Talk to SLP!! There are many free speech therapy services out there through state agencies and local school distrcits.  Try those or contact a speech therapy clinic in your area.
      • Try some strategies at home and in the meantime to improve language skills

    Strategies for speech therapy for toddlers and late talkers:

    • Use shorter utterances: speak in utterances that are the same length or one word longer than what your child typically uses.
    • Sign Language
      • www.ASLPro.com has many sign language videos you can watch to teach yourself.
      • Sign the words that you say in short utterances.
      • Choose 10 words to target at any one time instead of learning the whole English language!
    • Self Talk: Talk about what you’re doing
    • Parallel Talk: Talk about what your child is doing
    • Communication Temptations: Keep things out of your child’s reach so he must comunciate to tell you what he wants.
    • Violate expectations: Give him cereal without a spoon or forget to put on one shoe and see if he communciates the error to you.
    • Withhold until they sign or talk: If this frustrates your child to the extent that his behavior becomes out of control, it’s not worth it.  But making children a little mad about it can get some of them to start communicating out of desperation.

Speech Therapy for Toddlers and Late Talkers Resources and Links:

Click Here to Check Out My E-Book for Jump Starting Late Talkers