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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Kiddo Publishing; 1st edition (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978832027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978832025
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a brilliant and essential resource...provides the 'road map' of how to practically embed strategies into the natural flow of daily life. Great stuff! " --Andrew Shahan, M.A., Early Childhood Special Educator, San Francisco, CA

"...a brilliant and essential resource...provides the 'road map' of how to practically embed strategies into the natural flow of daily life. Great stuff! " --Andrew Shahan, M.A., Early Childhood Special Educator, San Francisco, CA

Customer Reviews

Great book for use with other speech development tools and toys.
Eden M. Venti
Children learn through play and this book teaches us how to play effectively in a way that a child can learn and wants to learn and be with us!!!
R. Bonner
From the 32 books I've read for helping my late talking child to communicate, this is the only one I would recommend.
D. CHAVEZ

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Moore on January 10, 2008
Play to Talk is an easy to read "how to" book that will empower parents to take fun, effective steps not just to develop their childs speech but to develop real communication and conversation. The method is easy to learn and does not require any long boring speech therapy sessions at home. It simply teaches you how to engage with your child, and how to turn every encounter in normal life into an easy opportunity to improve your child's communication and conversation, right through from totally non-verbal kids to in-depth conversation.
With this method I no longer feel helpless in teaching my daughter to communicate well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By woodsmc1 on January 19, 2009
I purchased this book because I wanted to learn how to help my boys (diagnosed with autism) become more social. Wow! Did I learn!
The book details the strategies needed to motivate your child to want to be socially responsive, assess what YOU need to be doing, and develop a plan to help you figure out how to make it work on a day-to-day basis, plus so much more.
In addition, it is written in a way that is easily understandable with no technical jargon. I cannot say enough about how practical and useful this book is. A must have for parent's and professionals.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A blessed mom on November 13, 2012
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I have not finished reading the book yet (thus 4 stars) but as I am reading it I am implementing some of the ideas and tips and already I noticed my son responding to them with enthusiasm. I have learned a lot from the book especially regarding what my husband and I are doing wrong (e.g. dominating conversations, not waiting long enough for a response, not imitating sounds he makes and most of all expecting a lot instead of focusing on his small achievements and build on them). Excellent book thus far...can't wait to finish reading and implement it to the fullest. It has put things into perspective for me and eased my anxieties. Thank you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Dillenbeck on October 25, 2007
This book is a terrific resource for anyone who interacts with young children - and fun, to boot! I recommend it highly for parents, grandparents and childcare providers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By music lover on April 15, 2012
The core ideas in this book are presented in different ways to make it understandable to adults who have various learning styles. It is clear that a tremendous amount of work went into making the content accessible to anyone. It is the best book out (of the MANY I've read) for parents of late-talking children in showing us what we need to do before our children have speech - and as their speech emerges - in order to ensure they acquire language that is truly communicative - not just rote or academic. When mastered, the principles are profoundly life-enhancing. Most importantly, they WORK. Do not be deceived by this book's apparent simplicity; that simplicity is a great strength and is quite hard to accomplish. It is based on great wisdom, compassion and tremendous research. The author, James D. MacDonald, PhD, demonstrates a breadth of understanding that only someone who has spent over 40 years doing research, working with thousands of families, and training many hundreds of professionals (as he has) can accumulate. As a professional who works with people of all ages I can assure you the core principles work profoundly with individuals across the life span. His work has enriched thousands of lives, including mine, the lives of families with whom I work, and my children's.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. CHAVEZ on December 7, 2013
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From the 32 books I've read for helping my late talking child to communicate, this is the only one I would recommend. It was very helpful because I learned that getting my son to talk is not just "pronouncing words", is to really share sounds, interests and ways of playing together as his own pace.
This book showed me what as parents we need to do to have meaningful interactions with children even though are without words, just with sounds.
And most important, this book lets you realize that there is no late talking therapist better that the adults around your children (parents, grandparents, close family) who have the chance to show children how fun communication can be.
Dr. McDonald is a great scientist.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Sebek on November 25, 2007
This book is not only good with very good advices; it's beautiful too - just like our kids. This is the book I would have loved and needed to get in my hand when my son was born. The method described works well with my children, both the normally developed girls and my son with Down syndrome and language disorder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kimberly falzone on April 20, 2014
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My daughter has been in speech therapy for six years. While I was already doing some of these steps, this book has given me the reasons why and fully convinced me to keep going. Wonderfully written in every way. This book helped me to take my focus off language and put it on relationship with language as a by-product. The smiles on my daughters face from incorporating these simple principles are reason enough for me to keep reading and learning. And, yes, her conversational volume of words has already improved from just a few days of practice. I have definitely been doing a few things the wrong way even after six years of therapy. This book helped me to identify what my strengths and weaknesses were. These are clinically proven methods from over thirty years of research. Personally I think these relationship communication skills would be helpful in ANY parent child relationship. Buy this. You won't regret it. My daughter has Down syndrome.
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