Do you need guidance in how to help children with speech and language delays?

We know that parents and professionals have tough jobs at times. Kids can be a puzzle, can’t they? Rachel Arntson, Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner of Talk It Rock It, provides seminars, consultations, and learning tools that are:

  • Practical
  • Immediately Usable
  • Excellent for professionals
  • Understandable for parents
  • Filled with easy to use strategies

Contact Rachel Arntson at to schedule a conference. Look at our WE CAN TALK book description regarding the parent training guide Rachel uses extensively with her families. Sign up for our e-newsletter here to receive periodic articles and suggestions about working with young children.

A Word from Rachel about her journey and her desire to share her journey and knowledge with you!

Rachel with Maple Grove magazine

I’ve been a speech-language pathologist in the greater Minneapolis, Minnesota area since 1980. Nothing gives me more joy than to see a child learn to talk or to watch parents become empowered teachers for their child. In addition, I love sharing what I’ve learned over the years with other professionals who work with young children.

If you want practical seminars based on sound evidence-based practice but wrapped up with tons of FUN, please consider contacting me. I’ve presented hundreds of seminars both nationally and internationally. Highlights include multiple presentations to standing-room-only crowds at the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention, presentations to the ASHA Health and Business Institute, and a live webinar for ASHA entitled Music and Autism – Connections in a Disconnnected World.

My work experience has included a hospital, pediatric clinic, pre-school program, and early intervention. The last 25 years, I focused primarily on home visiting, parent coaching, and routines-based intervention. Other areas of experience and expertise include working with young children with

  • autism
  • apraxia of speech
  • hearing loss/cochlear implants
  • Down syndrome
  • cleft palate
  • speech and language delays

Finally, one of my greatest joys has been discovering how to use MUSIC to help children’s speech. Many years ago, I started writing songs for my students to enhance their learning. Children stay more attentive with music, have more fun, and consequently, learn more effectively. What a ride that has been. Hundreds of songs and visuals later, I have an extensive selection of songs covering a variety of speech and language goals.

Rachel’s Seminar Topics

Here is a listing of some of the topics of Rachel’s seminars:

Music Topics

  1. Using Music to Enhance Speech and Language Skills
  2. When Words Fail, Music Speaks for Young Children with Apraxia/Articulation Disorders
  3. Music and Autism – A Connection in a Disconnected World

Speech and Language Therapy Format for Young Children

  1. 7 Communication Skills – A Systematic but Flexible Therapy Format for Working with Children and Families
  2. WE CAN TALK Parent Training Techniques
  3. Using Laughter in Speech and Language Therapy
  4. Gestures and Eye Contact

What have others said about Rachel’s seminars?

Because of the way Rachel presents material, in such a disarming, comfortable, entertaining way, it’s difficult to call it a seminar, presentation, or symposium. It’s more like, “Let’s get together as friends over coffee and talk over some ideas for a while.” That is what is wonderful about Rachel’s seminars. Robert Froke,M.A.,CCC-A, FAAA (Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology), past president of the South Dakota Speech Language Hearing Association

– Attendee at the South Dakota Speech-Language and Hearing Association State Convention

I had the pleasure of attending your presentation this past month in Calgary, AB. As a mom of a three-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, I enjoyed it very much and found it very informative, useful, and fun!

– Parent

There aren’t enough words to express how much your presentations enriched my professional life at the ISHA Convention this past weekend. Thank you for presenting at our convention and for your sharing your wonderful information with us.

– Speech-Language Pathologist from Illinois

The best workshop I’ve ever attended! I LOVED all the great, practical examples and all of your helpful stories, videos, and music. I was also very pleasantly surprised to get more information on phonological treatment strategies through the use of music. Cherie Berg
Rachel has a talent in keeping her audience entertained while “teaching.” I know I will more than likely retain this information for a very long time due to the new memories I now have associated with using music as a teaching tool.
Rachel is a wonderful and energetic presenter. I love her ideas and openness. It’s easy to take her ideas and find ways to apply them immediately. Parker Deen

– Attendees at the Autism Resource Network, Reaching and Teaching Young Children with ASD through Music and Play, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

I want to commend you on your FABULOUS presentation on Sunday at CSHA. I had missed your presentation on Saturday and everyone was raving about it so much that I just had to go to your Sunday session. Thanks SO much! I’m so glad I listened to everyone! Your presentation was practical, energetic, fun, and down to earth. I can’t tell you how much I loved it. If only more people in our profession were as willing to expose themselves and teach actual intervention with real, live examples. You are truly amazing. Keep up the great work! Susan Thomsen, Speech-Language Specialist, CCC-SLP

– Attendee at the California Speech and Hearing Association State Convention