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SLP Recommendations to Parents for Early Language Development

This course reviews what we can be recommending to parents to encourage early language development. Parents often are looking for answers at an evaluation or throughout the speech therapy process, and as speech-language pathologists, we need to be giving them up to date recommendations.Earn 1 clock hour of continuing education credit (Introductory Level, Professional Area).
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This program has been approved for 1 clock hour of continuing education credit by the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA). TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures. TSHA continuing education (CE) hours can be used toward renewal of your Texas SLP license (and most other states too) and for professional development hour(s) for the maintenance of your ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). Simply save your certificate of completion, these CE courses are not ASHA CEUs and will not be sent to the optional ASHA CEU registry. CLICK HERE to learn more about ASHA CUEs vs PDHs.

  Learner Objectives:

As a result of this presentation the participant will be able to:
1. list 5 early language facilitative actionable steps.
2. identify why “wait time” can encourage communication.
3. describe at least 3 actions to do while reading books that encourage early language development.


5 min: Introduction, bio, disclosures, learner objectives
7 min: What are parents needing from SLPs
7 min: Becoming a narrator
7 min: Repetition
7 min: Face to face
7 min: Giving wait time
10 min: What books and why 
10 min: summary, last points, closing


The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice. Pep Talk Podcast, its host, and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during episodes unless otherwise stated. TSHA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


Michelle Andrews M.S. CCC-SLP

Founder and Managing Director of Pep Talk LLC
Michelle has been a speech-language pathologist since 2014. She has worked in the schools, private clinics, and home health. She started creating speech therapy materials for SLPs years ago and founded Pep Talk LLC. She discovered her passion for education and developed this continuing education podcast for SLPs everywhere. She desires to help SLPs feel confident and to produce the best treatment by increasing knowledge and skills.

Kelsey Fenn M.S. CCC-SLP

Guest Speaker
Kelsey is a pediatric speech language pathologist from Arizona who earned her master's degree from Pacific University in Oregon. She’s worked in different roles with both children and adults in the private practice setting throughout her career. She has found her passion is working with children and early intervention. She currently stays home with her four young children ages 7 to 6 months. She loves implementing her skills as a therapist into her daily life with her own family as well as training parents through social media how to encourage communication in their homes.


Michelle Andrews’ financial disclosers: She has a Teachers pay Teachers, Boom Learning, and Teach with Medley store under Pep Talk LLC. She is also the founder and manager of Pep Talk and the Pep Talk Podcast. Teach with Medley Educational Games is a sponsor of this podcast.
Michelle Andrews’ non-financial disclosures: She has a stock participation plan with Teach with Medley Educational Games.
Kelsey Fenn's financial disclosers include: Usborne Books and More independent contractor. Affiliate links through Amazon and bookdepository.com
Kelsey Fenn's non-financial disclosers include: Social Media accounts (@speakingwithintention)

References & Resources

Killmeyer, et al. (2019). Contingent Imitation and Young Children At-Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sage Journals, 41:2, https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1053815118819230

Horst, et al. (2011). Get the Story Straight: Contextual Repetition Promotes Word Learning
from Storybooks. Frontiers in Psychology, 2,

Time to Talk: What you Need to Know About Your Child's Speech and Language Development by Michelle MacRoy-Higgins, Ph.D. and Carlyn Kolker

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