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  • 01:04

    #252 Ideas for Toddlers Who Don't Sit Still for Speech Therapy

    in Parents

    Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP as she provides ideas for a mom who complained that her child can't sit still to work with her on developing language and has difficulty maintaining attention during therapy sessions. 


    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 games
    Work on Structured Teaching Tasks - TEACCH method
    Over time begin to alternate activities move - sit - move - sit
    Modify 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.  

  • 00:40

    #259 Understanding the Chart from Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers Book

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    #259 Understanding the Chart from Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers Book


    Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP from teachmetotalk.com as she discusses issues related to toddlers with speech-language delays.


    Here's a question I receive at least weekly from a mom or an SLP:


    "Dear Laura.... I've purchased your Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers book and am using it with a few of my kiddos. I've skimmed the entire book and  am having success with some of my harder clients that weren't making any progress before, but I don't understand when to progress a child to the next level. How long do I work on skills in one level before moving on? Can you point me to your specific criteria for each level in your book? I also think it would be helpful to list that information on your chart." 


    I wish it were that simple!!


    In this week's show, we'll discuss how I use "the chart" diagnostically with toddlers with expressive language delays and how to use the information to plan therapy goals and activities for sessions.


    Get the book Building Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers


    If you're a pediatric therapist, take the CE course Steps to Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers!


     

  • 00:44

    Toddlers are A$$holes - Featuring Honest Toddler

    in Moms and Family

    It's the triumphant return of the TFB & Friends Radio Show! Our first guest is the beloved Bunmi Laditan of Honest Toddler fame! We'll be talking about her new book "Toddlers are A**holes" and what it's like to parent the most infamous toddler on the internet. Call in and ask questions!

    Join us live or catch up with the podcast on iTunes.

    Pre-Order Bunmi's new book here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/toddlers-are-a-holes-bunmi-laditan/1120860745?ean=9780761185642

  • 02:11

    Urban Therapy with Sun #133 Can Eating It Make Me Happy?

    in Health

    This show is kinda about eating disorders but not all the way.
    Does food make some people feel better? Does it substitute for other deficiencies in people's lives?

    Recently I put out a question on Facebook dealing with this situation: I just heard a conversation between two women in the fitness room and one of them was saying that she gained a lot of weight because she didn't have a man for a long time.

    Huh? Loneliness = weight gain?

    Can someone explain this logic to me?

    One of the things that many responders eluded to was that the woman in this example probably compensated her loneliness with food. Is this true? Can that work? Are there many people who resort to this?

    Can eating unhealthy foods make a person feel better emotionally? If so, why does it have to be the unhealthy foods that do the trick? When does it stop? Is it a woman thing? Do men go through this as well? If men go through the same thing then is it for the same reasons?
    Will men or women change their lifestyle when or if they get what they have been missing?

    We'll get into these things and more and we'll also talk about turning all of this around and how eating nutritional foods can also cause emotional problems.

    This show will be the absolute bomb! Tell some friends.

  • 00:53

    #256 New Siblings and Late Talking Toddlers... Oh My!

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    Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of www.teachmetotalk.com as she answers a mom's question about her late talking toddler since the arrival of a new baby...


    "I hope you can help me! We bought your dvd for our daughter who will be 3 in April. Before our second daughter was born (in August), she would name everything we pointed to. She would tell us the color of things animal sounds, etc. Since the new baby, she refuses to answer these questions. We know she knows them because she will be in the room alone and say "What's this? A horse! Nay!" And occasionally she will answer them for us. But hardly ever. She also prefers to say "Thirsty" instead of "I am thirsty." which she CAN say. Same thing for "I want...." She prefers to say "Muffins" instead of "I want muffins" but she occasionally says the whole thing. When we ask her to say it, she gets upset. A while ago, she would scream "THIRSTY - AHHHH!" and we would try to get her to not scream. She stopped saying it altogether, so we are trying to avoid that again. Can you help us? Our insurance does not cover speech therapy and the person who came to us with early intervention didn't believe she could speak at all. We are trying just to repeat what we want her to say but give her what she wants but we're getting nowhere. Same thing with the labeling questions. We followed your DVD and she follows everything perfectly, it's just these other things.
    Thanks so much for your time!"


    Tune in for my ideas! It may not be what you think!! 


     

  • 00:30

    Appreciating Therapy Animals

    in Pets

    Today we will be discussing the different catagories of animals that provide assistance to people.



    Therapy animals
    Emotional Support animals
    Service animals
    Household pets


    Animal assisted therapy has been shown to significantly  reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems.


    Be sure to call in to speak with Judy Helm  Wright-"Pet Grief Coach" and her expert guests on the show.  You will be glad you did.


    Claim your fun new book "Pet Jokes, Riddles and One-liners" by signing up for our community of kind thoughtful people who have respect for all. Your copy is waiting at www.deathomypet.com  

  • 00:55

    #255 Goal Writing, Fatigue during Therapy, The Power of Distraction and more!

    in Parents

    In this episode pediatric Laura Mize, M.S, CCC-SLP of teachmetotalk.com answers a variety of questions from SLPs and parents. We'll talk about how I write goals for toddlers and young preschoolers for speech therapy, what it means when a toddler is fatigued during therapy (it may not be what you think!), and why DISTRACTION is one of the most powerful tools you can use when working with our little friends. If we have time, we'll even tackle a mom's questions about handling her toddler's language regression since the arrival of a new baby. All that and maybe even a little more on this week's show!! 

  • 02:20

    Urban Therapy with Sun #132 Through with The Man/Woman But Not The Kids

    in Family

    What happens when you end a relationship with someone but you have forged a really strong bond with the kids during your relationship with your ex man/woman even though the kids aren't your biological kids? You may have had a hand in raising that so how do you handle that? Do you have the right to keep a relationship with them? How would that work? Could you set up visitation rights to still see the kids even though you're no longer with the mother/father nor are the kids your biological kids? Yeah, this is a serious situation.


    What happens when the kids ask where you are and when you're coming back around? What about when it is explained why you are gone and why you won't be back to stay? What do you do about missing them? Is that like divorcing the kids even though they aren't your biological kids?


    Do the kids have to sneak and see you? Do you have to sneak and see the kids?


    What about when either of you begin a new relationship with someone else? How do you explain to them that you just love the kids and probably still do for them but you're not dealing witht the ex anymore? Would you believe that if your new love told you that? Would a situation like that get in the way?


    Some people who have been in this stuation have actually taken custody of the kids? How does that work?


    Do you still keep doing for the kids that are not your own kids and if so, for how long?


    This is your show right here! Tell all your friends and relatives to tune into this one because it's gonna be something else!

  • 01:04

    Jameis Winston, Free Speech, and Ben Carson

    in Politics Conservative

    Today a treasure trove of topics. From the NFL Draft and the number on overall pick from Florida State University, quartback Jameis Winston.  Should there be limits on free speech? The shootings in Garland Texas have opened the question of first amendment rights in America. Both Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson have entere the race to gain the republican noimination tro run for president. This is something we need to have a chat about.


    We will spend some time on next week's shows. We have scheduled Brandon Darby of Breitbart Texas, Robert Stacy McCain, and Sonnie Johnson. We are looking for to a blockbuster week!

  • 01:02

    #260 Should I Focus on Artic or Not with my 3 year old with Autism? A Mom Calls

    in Parents

    Join pediatric speech-language pathologist Laura Mize, M.S., CCC-SLP of www.teachmetotalk.com as she talks with a mom about prioritizing her 3 year old son's treatment plan. Here's part of her original question... Hi Laura. I have a 3 year old diagnosed with autism and is suspected to have apraxia. He doesn’t have much of a problem in the receptive language department, as he understands the majority of what is being asked of him. When he communicates, he usually uses some gestures or words/approximations. He has a little over 50 different words/approximations...but he has yet to say the majority of them accurately. He will verbally communicate what he wants on his own by pointing and naming objects, saying “opo” when he wants something open or “uhpah” for up if he wants to be held or get something out of reach. He does like to label objects, but knows their functions. For example, if he sees a crayon, he will point and say “cay” and if I ask what we do with crayon, he will say “dah” for draw. He will often say the first two letter sounds of words that are usually CV and VC. (ba – ball; pehpeh – pretzel; opo – open; ow – out). He also often deletes the final consonant....I replied to her questions down the thread in this post: Have A Question? I'm Here to Help! But today I'm giving her an "on air" consult, especially with models of how to do backward chaining with a toddler. Don't miss it! 


     


     

  • 01:00

    Free for All Friday! Speech Police & The Vatican Praises Palestinian Authority

    in Christianity

    There's so  much in the news so today we'll be discussing many stories including two that I've found very interesting.  First, there's a piece written by Peter Jones called The Speech Police Are at the Door and the second is titled Vatican Preparing to Recognize Palestinian State


    Also, Blues legend, BB King has died.  We'll discuss that and more!