• Comprehensive

    We will walk you through all the things you didn't know you need to know about teaching your child to talk!

  • Convenient

    Watch the lessons anytime, anywhere with anyone, at your own pace!

  • Consumable

    Our lessons are packaged up in bite-sized videos that are quick and easy to watch and apply to your daily life!

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This course is for you if...

Your child has less than 50 words, is anywhere from one to three years old and:

  • Your child is not talking as much as their peers OR your child has typically developing speech and language but you’d like to be proactive and learn to support their communication skills as they grow

  • You want to empower yourself and learn more about how to help your child develop well-rounded communication skills

  • You want to help your child and you’re ready to stop messaging the mom groups on social media for advice or going down endless google holes

  • You want fun, functional, actionable tips and strategies to incorporate easily at home

  • You want to learn from the comfort of your own home, anytime time that suits you (with or without a glass of wine, snack… pants)

  • You want your spouse, parents, other communication partners to be able to watch and learn too so you are all using the same approaches

  • You want to engage your child in a way that makes you feel connected

  • You want to empower yourself and nurture your child’s development and you are willing to invest the time to do so!

This course is NOT for you if...

  • You are looking for a quick webinar about speech and language skills to watch passively. Although easy to implement, this course is designed to take the time and energy required to make significant, long-term changes! We don't think such changes can be achieved in a single morning/afternoon, which sets us apart from other courses available.

  • You are looking specifically for a comprehensive speech-language pathology assessment or individualized treatment.

Spoiler Alert!

Flashcards and standalone apps don't work!

But we know what does. Research shows that the most critical period of language learning is 0-3 and YOU are the optimal person to teach your child to talk because you spend the most time with them. We can help you do that with the knowledge we've gained over our collective 20 years in the field of speech-language pathology! Learn a little about the course format in the video below...
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Course Format

Course Curriculum

This 6 week course is comprised of 6 learning modules...

Each module addresses one of the key pillars of strong communication skills. When added together, these modules will help you help your child develop well-rounded communication skills. Each module contains 5-7 lessons; the lessons are comprised of an instructional video that includes multiple demonstrations as well as a home practice sheet so you can immediately apply what you've learned!

  1. Prepare (pre-language skills): What skills does my child need to learn BEFORE they start talking?
  2. Engage (interaction and play skills): How can I interact and play with my child to maximize their language development?
  3. Stimulate (receptive language): How can I help my child understand everything and consistently follow the directions I give? 
  4. Elicit (expressive language): How can I help my child maximize their vocabulary and use words easily to convey their wants, needs and ideas?
  5. Facilitate (speech sound development): How can I help my child develop their speech sounds so that they are easily understood when they talk?
  6. Connect (social communication): How can I help my child communicate for any reason, with anyone- to ask/answer questions, make friends, tell stories, negotiate, etc.

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  • 1

    Course Foundations

    • Welcome!

    • FIRST

  • 2

    Prepare (pre-language skills)

    • Module 1: Pre-Module Survey

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Pre-language Skills/ Module 1 Check-In

    • Lesson 2: Gestures in Routines

    • Lesson 3: Gestures in Play/Games

    • Lesson 4: Gestures in Songs

    • Lesson 5: Gestures in Books

    • Module 1 Check-Out

    • Module 1: Post-Module Survey

  • 3

    Engage (play skills and interaction)

    • Module 2: Pre-Module Survey

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Play/Module 2 Check-In

    • Lesson 2: Attend to their Interests

    • Lesson 3: Add to Your Child's Play

    • Lesson 4: People Games

    • Lesson 5: Pretend Play

    • Module 2 Check-Out

    • Module 2: Post-Module Survey

  • 4

    Stimulate (receptive language)

    • Module 3: Pre-Module Survey

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Receptive Language Skills/ Module 3 Check-In

    • Lesson 2: Receptive Language in Routines

    • Lesson 3: Receptive Language in Play

    • Lesson 4: Receptive Language in Songs

    • Lesson 5: Receptive Language in Books

    • Module 3 Check-Out

    • Module 3: Post-Module Survey

  • 5

    Elicit (expressive language)

  • 6

    Facilitate (speech sounds)

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Speech Sounds/ Module Check-In

    • Lesson 2: How can I be a good “Speech Partner” to my child?

    • Lesson 3: Why are vowels so important and how can I work on them at home?

    • Lesson 4: The Early 8: How can I work on ‘bilabials’ (p, b, m, w) at home?

    • Lesson 5: The Early 8: How can I work on early ‘tongue tip sounds’ (d, n) at home?

    • Lesson 6: The Early 8: How can I work on ‘h’ and ‘y’ at home? (plus module Check-Out)

  • 7

    BONUS MODULE: Connect (social communication)

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Social Communication/Module Check-In

    • Lesson 2: How can I help my toddler follow directions when he/she just doesn't want to listen to me?

    • Lesson 3: How can I help my toddler respond to his/her name and make eye contact with me?

    • Lesson 4: Why do we sometimes tell parents to put 'academic concepts' on the back burner?

    • Lesson 5: How can I help my toddler share and take turns?

    • Lesson 6: How can I help my toddler refuse things/protest appropriately versus having a meltdown?

FAQ

  • My child is only 12 months old. Will this be helpful for me?

    Yes. This course is designed to teach caregivers about the building blocks of communication skills and will be applicable to your child now and as they grow.

  • My child is 4 years old. Are they too old for me to be taking this course?

    This course is designed for children at a certain level of communication rather than a particular age. If your child does not have 50 words and is not reliably combining two words together, it will be beneficial for you!

  • How do I know if my child is behind?

    We recommended that you speak to your doctor and or pursue a speech-language pathology assessment. This course is not designed to assess and identify the presence of a delay or disorder. Rather, the goal is to teach you the skills you need to teach your child.

  • My child is already working with a Speech Therapist. Is it still ok to take this course?

    Absolutely! As speech therapists ourselves, we sometimes find it difficulty to cover ALL the content we want to, in terms of caregiver training, when the child is also present. This course provides an excellent foundation to the parents and can complement speech therapy- either before, during or after.

  • My child has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Will this course help me?

    You bet. Many of the children we work with have an ASD diagnosis. As such, the course content includes a lot of information that is helpful to these families.

  • It says the course is 6 weeks. Can I take it at my own pace?

    Absolutely. We say our course is 6 weeks long because there are 6 modules and people tend to complete it within that timeframe. That said, you can absolutely go through the course at your own pace.

  • What if not all of the modules or lessons are relevant to my child? Is it a 'waste' of money to pay for the whole course?

    We encourage you to watch the intro lessons in each module. After completing the check-in, if you are confident that your child has mastered the skills outlined, then you can skip ahead, if you so choose. We recognize that you are busy and want to focus on your main areas of concern. That said, all of our students so far have reported loving learning about their children's strengths and using information about these skills to help them build up skills that are more challenging. Remember: this is a comprehensive course. You won't have to b

Instructor(s)

Stephanie Zawalicz

Speech-Language Pathologist, MHSc.., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO

Stephanie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at McMaster University before completing her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.  After graduating from U of T, Stephanie provided cognitive-communication intervention in the community to clients with acquired brain injuries before working in a private pediatric practice and proving early intervention with the local Preschool Speech and Language Program. After working in Ontario for several years, Stephanie moved to the US, first to San Francisco, California and then Austin, Texas, where she continued to develop her clinical skills in several pediatric speech-language clinics. Stephanie moved back to Toronto to be closer to her family and to partner with Jill, as a co-owner of a busy speech-therapy clinic north of Toronto.  Stephanie is passionate about continuing education; her additional training includes: Introduction to PROMPT, PROMPT Bridging, Hanen’s More Than Words, Talkability, Introduction to PECS, Lidcombe Program for Early Intervention of Stuttering, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), The Orofacial Rest Posture Program (ORPP) Screening and Preliminary Intervention for Pediatric SLPs, and Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Level 1 and 2. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Jill McDermid

Speech-Language Pathologist, M.S.., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO

Jill obtained a Bachelor of Health Science degree (double major: Health Science and Linguistics) at the University of Western Ontario before completing the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program at Georgian College.  After working as a CDA for several years, Jill moved to Chicago to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech Language and Learning (concentration: Speech-Language Pathology) from Northwestern University.  While in Chicago, Jill developed clinical skills providing SLP services to infants and preschool-aged children at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, school-aged children within the Evanston, Illinois school district, and adults at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Jill has experience evaluating and facilitating the development of a wide range of speech and language skills including speech sounds, receptive and expressive language, literacy, social communication, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, feeding/swallowing, and accent modification. She has additional training in PROMPT (Introduction to PROMPT: Technique) and is certified in Hanen's More Than Words, It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, and Talkability. Jill is the co-owner of a private speech therapy clinic outside of Toronto, Ontario and she also provides communication and swallowing assessment and treatment at two local hospitals.  Jill is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) and is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Disclaimer

This is an information product!

It is important to note the this course is NOT speech therapy, nor is it designed to replace speech therapy. It is an information product that is designed to give you knowledge about communication skill development and how to work on these skills with your child. If you have concerns about your child's development, please speak to your child's doctor and/or contact a speech-language pathologist for an assessment in the State/Province in which you live.

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