Toddler Speech Info:
Talking With Toddlers
I am a recently retired Speech/Language Pathologist who has spent the last 33
years working with typical and developmentally delayed children. Over half of my career
was spent working with toddlers and families teaching parents, caregivers and educators
about language development and the important part they play in helping their toddlers
“learn to talk”.
During the evolution of my career, teaching children to talk has taken many paths
and covered many types of teaching. During the last several years of my career,
professional methods changed from a model where the Speech Therapist worked alone in
a therapy room with a child expecting skills learned to be transferred to all other
situations, to a model whereby the therapist worked closely with the family and teachers
to help them play the important role of “language teacher and model” for their children.
This approach has proved to be ultimately more successful than the more traditional
“therapy room” approach.
In this website, I will provide information to moms and family members about
language development, what to expect at different ages, and what you can do to help
your child learn language and communication skills. The information is useful for
typically developing children as well as children who are exhibiting some learning
This information, of course, is not meant to substitute for regular consultations or
therapy from a Speech/Language Pathologist, but as information on things you can do to
help your child in his learning experiences. This information can be used for typically
developing children as well as for children who have been identified as having special
needs, however, it is recommended that parents of special needs children consult a
Speech/Language Pathologist for direction in taking advantage of the presented
Although my attention was focused on children who were having some difficulties
learning the intricacies of language and speech, I believe that all children would benefit
from the simple interaction strategies that can be learned and put into practice by
anyone. Communications is the key to many opportunities in this society and why not
give your child a good start right from the beginning? When I retired, I felt that I
needed to provide this information to anyone who wanted to be a part of their child’s
development. It is this spirit that the information is presented. It is not meant to
substitute for regular consultation or therapy from a Speech/Language Pathologist, but
as information on strategies you can use to help your child in his learning experiences.
The information on this site can also assist parents who might be wondering whether
or not so see a Speech/Language Pathologist for an evaluation. It will help them to be
aware of certain milestones and assist them in bringing their concerns to the attention
of their pediatrician who would be able to direct them to appropriate services in their
area. I hope you enjoy reading the information presented and will use in your daily
interactions with your child.
Mary M. Mossman, M.A., Speech/Language Pathology