My Talking Toddler

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Does anyone own "MY TALKING TODDLER"

On the Today Show this AM they were offering the whole 9disc set for $54.00 from what I see it looks really good especially for someone like Colin who has the delay.

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The deep discount is only offered for 24 hours (its orig. 189.00) so I need to make a choice soon... So any reviews would be helpful
Liam: 6 years old
Colin: 3 years old
Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
Member Since: August 2000
Just watched their video. I personally wouldn't spend my money on it. Nothing will replace hands on work with you and a professional. Unless they have a physical that prevents them from talking, or you want them to have ASL as a second language, I don't see the need to teach beyond a few basic signs for things that they need. Even babies can get complacent and can decide they don't want their lives to change. The things you give them in the beginning could very well the things that hold them back.

I kinda don't like the implication of the video. It kinda plays on parental fears a lot. I know with a lot of milestones, accomplishing it early doesn't really matter long term.

I've been there with my son. I know how frustrating it is, I know how scary those developmental deadlines are. The thing is with those deadlines they forget to mention, they're based upon what we learned from feral children. These are handful of kids who managed to survive the most extreme neglect the world has ever seen. The reason why they couldn't pick up language is because they weren't exposed to it. They didn't have parents that talked to them, or in front of them, who left the tv or radio on. These are kids that lived their early years in survival mode, never having enough. So their brains didn't waste what precious resources they had creating neural pathways that they didn't require to live at the time.

But your son has all of that. He has enough to eat, he's exposed to language, he has people who talk to him. I promise you, Colin is learning. He's just not telling you about it yet.

My son had early intervention, after about a year and a half of intensive therapy 3x a week he only learned a few words. op plez (open please), all done, and more. They ended up admitting him into the school system early so they could work with him every day. Months of that, no change,so they signed him up for summer school, which was 6 weeks of private therapy at the hospital. Summer school ended with no new developments. When school started back up about a month after his other services ended, they estimated he knew about 300 words. There was such a huge change they had to redo his evaluation. By the time that got set up, it was an incalculable number of words he was using.

This is not one of those miracle stories. This stuff happens all the time. He still had some delays, and his pronunciation was immature for his age. But it really wasn't that noticeable to others, until sometime during the 1st grade (I think). It was when the other kids started losing the baby talk.

Try and hang in there, you'll be complaining about him talking your ear off soon enough. My son is still trying to make up for his years of silence. Come to think of it, I had a severe speech and language delay too and I did the same thing. Actually it was a little worse than my son, because I talked really fast. I got yelled at a lot.
I think too much emphasis is placed on speech "delays" in young toddlers. Your son is 2, Deedles? To me, if a 2 year old is babbling and making his wishes known with grunts and pointing, that's enough for me to consider his communication normal. A couple of my kids would have been considered "delayed" by professional standards, but they are perfectly fine today, without therapy or special expensive programs. My oldest only babbled until he was 3. Then, at 3, he spoke in complete sentences, with no impediments. My youngest was similar. My daughter spoke early but had a terrible lisp that was just developmental and went away by the time she was 5, without therapy. The boy I babysit just turned 3 and just started being unstandable, and even that is questionable at times. A lot of this stuff really works itself out with just a little time.
People other than family couldn't understand my daughter until she was 6 or 7. She had severe ear infections until she had her t and a at 2yrs. So she talked the way she heard....as if underwater. Anyway she's 9 now and gets straight A's. I didn't look into what you posted but I can tell you I didn't spend a dime on some program to help her. In fact my daughter has always received speech therapy through her school and has been on an IEP that I may stop after this year. BTW my 3 yr old also had chronic ear infections too but has spoken clearly, in complete sentences since before he was a year old. Kids are on their own schedule not some government or medical profession made up schedule. IMHO

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Cympreni, I really like your post.

I have to disagree about too much emphasis being placed on speech delays, but with a caveat: I think if a parent is concerned, it is worth having a young child's speech evaluated by a speech pathologist who has experience with young kids, because there is a difference between a late talker and a child with delayed communication skills. Late talkers typically have intact receptive language skills and do not need intervention (unless the late talking is due to sound production issues, which will become obvious usually sooner rather than later)

Deedles, I think I'd skip the set... you can likely do the same kinds of things with Colin using materials you already have. Do you have an SLP or an Early Intervention person working with you guys? Are you able to observe or participate in the therapy?
Skip the set. If you are worried have an evaluation done through early intervention.

Steven has been in early intervention including speech therapy since he was 3 months old. they worked with feeding issues at first and moved to communicating. While he is still behind, he is almost caught up. Callie has a slight lisp but I am not worried. Although I cannot understand her all the time she is trying to communicate and can typically eventually get her point across. I also know with her we do not have other issues in the way though, like we did with Steven



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It always surprises me when a complete stranger talks another person out of trying new things to help their child, when that stranger never tried it before either... "deedles" asked about a review of the system, not your opinion. Why is everyone an expert on things they know nothing about?
I have used My Talking Toddler on my 2 year old daughter and she not only loves it but I have seen a huge increase in her ability to speak and communicate with me. (Granted, she is a typically developing child.)
I got it as a gift for her birthday in September and my husband and I love it. Obviously "deedles" is doing all she can already, to help her child speak. This program can be used in addition to anything you are doing with your child already. My best friend is a speech pathologist and after she seen it, she started recommending it to her clients. (In addition to hands-on methods but the system already says in the instructions that it should not REPLACE hands on, only add-to whatever is being taught already)
Best of luck to you. With a concerned mom who is seeking out new ways to help her child, I am sure she will be fine. 2 years old is not considered a delay.
I would email the company and ask them for a coupon code. They always have something going on, somewhere.

Last edited by Top Mom; 12-21-2011 at 09:07 AM.
So as a stranger, you're going to do the same thing that you're complaining about?

First of all we're not strangers, we've known each in some cases for many years. Secondly, many of us are quite knowledgeable about the subject.
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Last edited by cympreni; 12-21-2011 at 09:30 AM.
I didn't mean to upset anyone but I'm sorry, no I did not do the same thing. Deedles didn't ask an opinion on the subject of learning DVDs, she asked for a review of the DVDs, which is what I gave her. I think any supplemental product, in addition to hands on help, is a posative, not a negative. It is surely better than watching Nick Jr. or unformatted TV. These particular DVDs helped my child. That's what "deedles" wanted to know. My baby is much better off learning from them, than if she was watching TV. And we all know at some point most kids will be wasting time on the TV.
Deedles, keep up your efforts, no matter what other people say. Try everything, repete what works and discard what doesn't. Maybe the DVDs will work, maybe they won't work. The point is you will never know unless you try. They worked for us.
Have a good holiday everyone. I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers in your group.
I didn't mean to upset anyone but I'm sorry, no I did not do the same thing. Deedles didn't ask an opinion on the subject of learning DVDs, she asked for a review of the DVDs, which is what I gave her. I think any supplemental product, in addition to hands on help, is a posative, not a negative. It is surely better than watching Nick Jr. or unformatted TV. These particular DVDs helped my child. That's what "deedles" wanted to know. My baby is much better off learning from them, than if she was watching TV. And we all know at some point most kids will be wasting time on the TV.
Deedles, keep up your efforts, no matter what other people say. Try everything, repete what works and discard what doesn't. Maybe the DVDs will work, maybe they won't work. The point is you will never know unless you try. They worked for us.
Have a good holiday everyone. I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers in your group.
Originally Posted by Top Mom
Just curious... Do the DVDs help with spelling and grammar too?

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I didn't mean to upset anyone but I'm sorry, no I did not do the same thing. Deedles didn't ask an opinion on the subject of learning DVDs, she asked for a review of the DVDs, which is what I gave her. I think any supplemental product, in addition to hands on help, is a posative, not a negative. It is surely better than watching Nick Jr. or unformatted TV. These particular DVDs helped my child. That's what "deedles" wanted to know. My baby is much better off learning from them, than if she was watching TV. And we all know at some point most kids will be wasting time on the TV.
Deedles, keep up your efforts, no matter what other people say. Try everything, repete what works and discard what doesn't. Maybe the DVDs will work, maybe they won't work. The point is you will never know unless you try. They worked for us.
Have a good holiday everyone. I didn't mean to ruffle any feathers in your group.
Originally Posted by Top Mom
Just curious... Do the DVDs help with spelling and grammar too?

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