When children have speech and language delays, knowing how to help them can be a challenge. Every child is so different. Where do we begin? This page is dedicated to teaching parents, speech-language pathologists, and others who work with young children. We will have a series of videos discussing various topics, all related to enhancing the speech and language skills of children. Rachel Arntson, speech-language pathologist for over 30 years, will share her tricks of the trade. Let us know how these videos have helped you. Also, please send us questions that you would like to have answered as it relates to working with children. Enjoy!
My Child Isn’t Talking. What Can I Do to Help?
Where do we begin to teach our child to talk? This series of videos will discuss the techniques from the book, WE CAN TALK. Each letter in this title stands for a technique that Rachel Arntson taught the parents on her caseload.
W – Wait, Watch, and Wonder
E – Examine your position. Exaggerate and entice with your gestures and voice.
C – Comment about what you and your child are doing, seeing, and enjoying
A – Add singing throughout your day
N – Notice when you child initiates communication. Respond and add to it
T – Take turns talking, giving your child time to respond. Keep it going.
A – Ask questions to decrease your child’s frustration, but use them carefully.
L – Laugh a lot! Laughing together is a great way to get talking started.
K – Keep books handy. Your child needs a daily does of reading.
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WE CAN TALK techniques to use for parent training
As you view the videos entitled, “My Child Isn’t Talking. What can I do to help?”, you can use the pdf file below as a reminder for parents to focus on one technique at a time, gradually adding techniques each week. In addition, for your Spanish speaking families, I have included, HABLEMOS. The same techniques are listed in these pdf files, but are in a different order to accommodate for the new acronym.
Enjoy these free techniques based on my WE CAN TALK book. To purchase the book, use the coupon code, wecantalk, at check-out to receive 20% off this book. Also, please check out another book, Talk With Me, that gives parents other amazing suggestions on how to interact with their child using this great book. A must-have for all parents, speech-language pathologists, and educators of young children.