Monday, June 13, 2011

Teach Me To Talk: A Blog Giveaway!

Talking is only a part of communication.

Before your child can speak, they needs three things:
1. To be social
2. To be Interactive
3. To be able to comprehend

Sounds simple, doesn't it?
It is, but when you have a child with apraxia or other speech and language issue, these three things may not come so easy.


Laura Mize is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
She has her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders, her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence.
Laura is also the founder of Teach Me to Talk, a website "designed to help parents teach toddlers to understand and use language."

Her website offers a variety of great information, and she also has books, DVDs and manuals available for you to order.

But why order???

Thanks to Laura, she is offering one lucky winner a copy of two of her best-selling DVDs:

"Teach Me To Talk"


"Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders"!

In "Teach Me To Talk", you will learn the six strategies to help with your own home speech therapy:

1. Playfulness
2. Sign Language
3. Modeling
4. Choices
5. Withholding
6. Expansion

Each of the above techniques are explained in great detail in the DVD.
Many times, you will see two techniques being used at the same time.
This 90 minute video is jam-packed with tons of great examples and explanations to help you help your child with home speech therapy.

In "Teach Me To Talk with Apraxia and Phonological Disorders" you will learn some of the above examples and much, much more!

CAS is a diagnosis that is difficult to understand.
Treatment for CAS is even more difficult to comprehend.
This 2-DVD set gives you THREE HOURS of step-by-step techniques, tips and tricks to help your child with his/her speech and language issues.
What is really nice about this particular DVD set is that it is broken down into chapters based on your child's own speech development.
You can take your time and watch one chapter one day, and then two chapters the next day.
Once you know where your child's greatest weaknesses are, you can begin from that specific chapter and move forward!


Disc One includes:
1. Introduction
2. Background Information
3. Apraxia
4. Phonological Disorders
5. Facilitating Language
6. Strategies for Nonverbal Children

Disc Two includes:
1. First Words
2. Phonemic Principles
3. Specific Sounds
4. More Difficult Words
5. Moving to Sentences
6. Other Factors
7. Conclusion

I received both of these videos to review for you.
And I can honestly say that I have only positive reviews for her videos!


Laura Mize is obviously very skilled in the area of Speech-Language Pathology and it shows in each and every scene.
She is very enthusiastic with each child and is able to hold their attention with her interactions.
You will hear constant praise coming from her on each success, no matter how big or how small.
She provides models and prompts without overstimulating the children, and there is no "in-your-face" approach to her technique.
She is fun!
She makes an emotional connection with each child.
Her animated voice and facial expressions bring out the potential in each child in her videos.

But she also teaches the person watching the DVDs.
She explains each techniques and then you are able to see multiple demonstrations of each strategy with different children so that you can not only understand exactly what to do, but can be confident in implementing the same successful strategies with your own young child


There are plenty of OT skills embedded in her techniques like opening Ziploc baggies, feeding babies, and using pincer grasp for snacks.
She instructs you to put aside one hour a day of just "playtime" with your child.
She tells you to use games, songs and movement to supplement your home therapy.
For example, "Row, Row Your Boat" and "Ring Around The Rosie" are great predictable songs that will help entice speech in children.
She also points out two of the biggest mistakes that parents make when they try speech therapy at home: (1) Not waiting long enough for a response, and (2) Using sentences that are too long, therefore losing the child's attention.

Yep, I'm guilty of that....BIG TIME!

Now, here is what you need to do to enter:
1.) Become a fan of my Facebook page and leave a comment. If you are already a fan, leave a comment to count as your entry.

2.) Become a follower of my Twitter page and "retweet" my promotion of this blog giveaway. You have to do both for this entry. If you are already a follower on Twitter, just retweet my tweet about this giveaway to count as your entry.

3.) Leave a comment on this blog post with a valid email address. Sorry, but no anonymous comments will be counted as entries.

You may enter all 3 ways.

Contest begins on Monday, June 13th and ends on Tuesday, June 14th at 12:00 noon (CST).

Winner will be chosen by at random and will be contacted by e-mail and on my Facebook page.
Please leave valid email addresses.
If there is no response in 48 hours, another winner will be drawn.
Sorry, but there will be no P.O. Box winners.

This giveaway is for US Residents only.


You can also visit Laura Mize's Teach Me To Talk website here. And please become a fan of her Facebook page here!

(Please see "Disclaimer" tab for full details of this and all reviews and giveaways. Thank you.)
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  1. What an amazing bit of information and if one can win ... even better! Regardless, it sounds like a MUST HAVE! Thank you for sharing -- Lauren

  2. I'm a fan on FB. Great give-a-way. Hope I win!

  3. Point #3 with email: frugal (dot) omma (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. Recently found out that my #2 adopted son might be dealing with apraxia (on top of everything else)... Now, we're getting all the early intervention we can. Found your blog and have been 'gleaning' pearls of wisdom and encouragement from it. Thanks for the helpful resources! The giveaway would be just icing on the cake. God Bless! ~Erika (email = erika (at) alittleinsanity (dot) com)

  5. I am a fan on fb. Dont tweet, but will repost on fb for you. I really have wanted these since I first heard the word apraxia. What a wonderful giveaway!!!.

  6. Already a fan on fb but left a comment and leaving one here too. So nice that she has a specific one for apraxia, you don't see that around too much. What a great thing to offer!

  7. Hi sounds like a great prize, would be very helpful for my daughter. thankyou so much!

  8. I am a speech pathologist who is always looking for new resources for parents. I would love to win your DVD's!

  9. fan of your facebook page
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

  10. retweeted contest
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

  11. these look like great DVDs
    sadiebeery at hotmail dot com

  12. saluke@insightbb.comJune 13, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    I, too, am a huge Laura Mize fan. What an awesome thing it would be to win this giveaway!!

  13. I am a new SLP and a big fan of Laura's web site. These DVDs would be a great resource! I am glad Laura's post led me to see your blog here too.

  14. My 16 month old suffers from a genetic disorder and we are having to go to doctors appointments what seems like everyday, not to mention she has a sleep disorder along with her genetic and speech disorders mommy isnt getting much sleep which = less time and energy to focus on trying to figure out ways to help her begin to say ANY word. I would LOVE to be a winner of this giveaway. My email address is

  15. Following you on Twitter, and re-tweeted :)

  16. Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway!

    meliann78 at gmail dot com

  17. What an amazing product! This would be great in helping my 4 year old apraxic daughter with speech

  18. I'm a fan on FB too but wanted to comment here. I'd love a copy of these DVD's. Any help with apraxia is welcome with us. We have a 2 1/2 yr old son who has a pretty severe case of it and we're just trying everything we can until we figure out something that works! email is

  19. very interested in her dvds. email is

  20. I'm entering! My email address is Fingers crossed!

  21. Amazing and very generous giveaway! I've read one of her manuals, but the DVDs would be awesome for helping my son. jenn.soehnlin(at) Thanks for the awesome giveaway, and for your blog that I have gleaned much wisdom from. :)