When a parent tells me that their child has limited language, but has learned one word/sign, in my head, I say it in unison with the parent, “more.” This is typically the “go to” first word or sign that speech-language pathologists and developmental therapists teach. In fact, it’s the first word I taught before I learned about the science of verbal behavior. However, for numerous reasons, it’s best to avoid teaching “more” as a first word whenever possible. In the following video, I build a case against teaching the word “more” and discuss the types of first words to teach instead in order to create a strong foundation for future language development.
Nov 24th, 2020
My most used tool in my practitioner’s toolbox is one that at first glance often seems foreign to both speech-language pathologists AND Board Certified Behavior Analysts. Many of my therapy sessions feature a variety of hand gestures that either supplement or replace my verbal speech prompts with learners. The gestures aren’t American Sign Language or … more »