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.
Feb 5th, 2021
Alysia, Ashley and I started Access in 2013 to create therapy programs that fuse the best practices of speech-language pathology and behavior analysis. We envisioned thoughtfully curated spaces that would inspire communication and laughter. We wanted every learner who walked through our doors to feel understood and supported as they worked to realize their potential. … more »