5 Days to More Talking

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48 thoughts on “5 Days to More Talking – Day 1”

  1. I would like to recommend any parent with a child showing delays to use Mary’s approach. The Turn Autism Around helped me and my son to catch up his severe language delay. I was able to implement easy strategies at home and learned where he was at and plan from there. I love this approach and the way it empowered me as a parent to make decisions and support my son in a friendly environment. We feel blessed to have found Mary and her program.

  2. I wish the professionals should have shared with how important is to know where the child is at in terms of language and other skills. The Turn Autism Around program helped me figure that out using language samples and completing the digital assessment. Those 2 tools were a starting point to support my child’s language.
    When I started the program with my child. His Language and Learning skills were at 20%. This score gave me an idea where he was at and what things I had to concentrate in terms of language and the rest of the skills.
    We have made a lot of progress in his language and speech skills.

  3. How many hours speech therapy and OT will ASD toddler( speech delay, no sentence verbal, hyperactive, no mayor behavior issue) needs weekly? is there a standard for this? My kid’s IEP has weekly 1hour 1-1 speech therapy and 25min intervention at preschool. And 30mins SLP + 45 OT at clinical.

    1. Hi there, While OT and Speech therapy may be needed with a child with or without an autism diagnosis, it’s really important that you as the parent learn how to engage your child during most of his/her waking hours (approximately 100 hours per week). Finding an SLP and OT who are willing and able to apply the child-friendly Turn Autism Around approach is key. It’s also important that you complete the language sample and complete the digital assessment to find your child’s scores and make a plan. This is all covered in Day 1. Please post your child’s scores and any questions about the plan if you feel stuck.

    1. Hi there, Great job diving into the Day 1 video and posting questions! Yes each day’s content will be available 24 hours after day 1 but you can catch up or rewatch the content as you go. It’s super important that you watch the whole video (without skipping ahead) and complete the assignments before watching the next day of content as each day builds on the next. So for Day 1 please complete both the language sample and the digital assessment and then use these to make a plan…… Feel free to post your child’s scores or questions about the assignments (which you don’t turn in)

  4. Hello, finished day 1. I read your book, and i like that this course breaks downs the steps even more for you. My 2 1/2 year old toddler was diagnosed with speech delay, but she is showing some signs of autism and I’m waiting for her therapy to start, but im so relieved i can start ABA at home now.
    Thank you.

  5. This is a good star for me. However, the children I worked with have no language. I am able to engage them with the different activities, but some of them don’t make eye contact. Some of them don’t even can engaged for long to force language. what can I do?

    1. Welcome! We certainly never want to force language . This whole 5 days will be about building language, even if they have none now. Make sure to do the assessments on even just one child and follow some of the steps. We will help you learn how to engage them in language rich activities without ever forcing it.

  6. Thank you for these wonderful videos and ideas! I am Oliver’s grandma, am 80 and a bit concerned I may get some of these IT things wrong, though it all looks simple to start with. As well, have actually purchased the “Turn Autism Around ” 60 day course and a few days later have found this second “5 Days to More Talking Course” in my haste to try and help Oliver quicker! I just hope I don’t get things mixed up and end up getting nowhere! Should I do the 5 Day course first? Oliver is almost 4 and seems to understand everything we say, has maybe 20- 30 words mainly pop up and echoes a few more. I have one day a week I babysit while parents work but hope I can help him in some way. No professional diagnosis as yet as still on the waiting list! Thank you – wonderful to hear all the great things you do for kids and parents world-wide.

    1. Hello! Welcome to the online courses. Since you have the 60 day course, you will likely want to start with those modules instead of the 5 days to more talking to get started. Do you still have access to this course? We also have an online private facebook group if you are on facebook for that group so you can ask your questions there. If you are still having problems, please email [email protected]

  7. We are new here. Like most families, Jaxson is my first and I did not learn he was behind until age 2. We started services then but aged out at 3. While we still qualified, the state didn’t have a speech therapist for us for 10 months. I still regret not getting him private help. I just thought he had a speech delay like a lot of kids and waited for him to catch up. He is 3 years and 8 months now. He just received an autism diagnosis which was shocking to me and my husband. Partly because we don’t see a lot typical autism behaviors in him but also partly because he is our first child and we just don’t know what is “typical” toddler behavior. He struggles with pretty much everything mentioned in these trainings: speech, self-care, potty training (we are one month in and he is still not telling us when he has to go), occasional crying/small tantrums, fine motors, etc. His scores on the assessment were: self-care and daily living tasks: 50%, language and learning skills: 85% (this seems to high and I wonder if I was too generous in my grading), problem behaviors: 67%. His overall score was 68%. We would love for him learn to be more self-sufficient and be able to have back and forth conversation was us and his peers. I am thrilled to be apart of this community and am anxious to begin our journey turning things around.

    1. Hello! thank you for being here. You are in the right place to get started. 85% would be accurate if he is talking well but not quite conversational or getting his needs met. Don’t beat yourself up over the past. You are here now and learning and it is never too late!

    1. Yes, when doing the language sample you would note these sounds as they can be clues on how we can build words going forward with sounds we know he can say or babble.

  8. Hello I am Tim Young, and I am working with an Autistic 9 y/o child. He intermittently is saying words like ma, or da, and buh, and he is sometimes pointing to pictures of his Mom and Dad while making an aahh type of sound. He is also working with AAC device and he is making progress with this in so far as being able to point to things that will tell us when he is hungry, or when he wants to watch tv, or when he is not feeling well. I have gone through lesson 1, but I wanted know if there any printouts available for lesson 1? I can also not log in to marybarbera.com or create an account at this time.

    1. Hi Tim! Thanks for being here. You are in the right place and there is no need to log in to marybarbera.com . The workbook that you need to download is right below the video you just watched. Look for the orange button that says “Download Now” . Let me know if you cannot find it.

  9. Hi I want to do the language sample with my client. I have been working with him on talking, and when we do he is working on basic words, and on vowel sounds. He can intermittently repeat words such as ma, while pointing to a picture of his Mom, and words such as wow, and he can be very vocal with vowel sounds such as aaahhh, and eeee. Sometimes when I ask him to repeat vowel sounds he will combine them and say aahhheeee, or aahhhoooo, and its because he gives the impression that he is trying. While I am doing the language sample I thinking that I will do this while I am working with him on talking.

    1. Sure! You can do one where you are practicing words together and note that it is the condition that you are working with him and maybe one where he is just wandering around free and what he naturally says! Great start!

  10. Amberley Caldwell

    completed the digital assessment. My son is 17months. I am not sure I scored self help accurately. It asks if he needs help pulling up pants, brushing teeth and washing hands and yes he does but I clicked no because of his age. I wouldn’t expect a 17mo old to do those things independently however I can rescore if needed. currently his scores are 75% 18% and 71% in order.

    1. kelsey General

      You are correct! Since he isn’t expected to do those things you can put no but just remember you may want to redo the assessment as he gets closer to the correct age. He is close to the age where he should be able to pull down and up pants though.

  11. I have a query. Digital assessment doesn’t include age of child. Many tasks in this assessment are basically aged related milestones. How can a child be assessed for his strengths and weaknesses regardless of his age??
    P.S, I am a doctor and our peadtric books consider age in all aspects related to child

    1. Hello,

      There are certain milestones that aren’t appropriate for age 2-3, mainly the potty training but the language skills and most of the skills are based on 18 months+. Is there a certain skill that you are concerned about?

  12. For example, my son is 3, fully potty trained but sometimes gets accidents esp for poo (just a spot on his pants) but never pee. Secondly, he gets up at night to pee so does this mean he doesn’t sleep throughout night?? And then after peeing, he asks for bottle, hardly 2 to 3 ounces as comfort feed ( he doesn’t take bottle the whole day, no junk ,only solid food which he feeds himself with minimal help , drinks from open cup).
    I m confused, firstly i underestimated everything and his score came out overall 45%, then i considered these facts and his score is 71%. Which score is reliable??

    1. That is great he is potty trained, but it is best to underscore and since he is still having poop accidents, you would want to put no. If he gets up to pee at night and goes right back to sleep, no this is not waking at night. Drinking a bottle is certainly something we want to wean from at that age. If we underscore, we can then make goals based on the small things like accidents and weaning from bottle that may be important, but if we overscore (the 71% then we may miss those things) so it is best to underscore and make these small things goals on your plan.

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