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Lauren Teoli


Welcome to my School Loop page! On this page, I have posted information and resources to support your child's speech and language at home. 

For individualized information/questions, please contact me at or (213)761-5880

For more ideas to help support your child's speech and language development at home, please go to LAUSD's "Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities" page and click on "Language and Speech"

Practice language at home using YouTube music videos

Music is a fantastic way to learn and support language. It teaches language structure and vocabulary through repetition, conversational turn-taking and supports joint attention. Below are links to videos you can use to teach you and your family songs to practice language skills: 

The "On, In and Under" song is good for practicing asking and answering the question "Where is it?" using at least 3-word phrases. See the "on in under" visual aide under "Communication Boards and Visual Aides" to the left to accompany the video. 

The "Do You Like Broccoli?" song is a great way to start a discussion about foods you like and foods you don't like. Make a list of words you use to describe food you like (yummy, delicious, sweet, salty) and foods you don't like (gross, yucky, disgusting, mushy, slimy) and talk about why you like or don't like foods. Here's an example: "I like pizza because it's hot, cheesy and delicious. I don't like eggs because they're slimy and smelly."

This video about basic concepts - as well as the other videos on the "Songs for Speech" YouTube Channel- is a fun way to learn vocabulary kids use everyday to talk about their environment. For more information about what "basic concepts" are- please see the "Basic Concepts" handout to the left- or below if you're viewing this on a mobile device. 

This video about "WH" questions- another from "Songs for Speech"- is a good intro to the difference between "who," "what", "where", "when" and "why" questions. We call these "WH" questions and they're important to practice since so often, students need to demonstrate their learning by answering these questions. Students with language processing difficulties sometimes have difficulty distinguishing between the "wh" question words. 

Visual Cues to Teach Early Developing Sounds

This is a video I made to show you some visual cues that I use with young kids to teach early-developing sounds (p, b, m, t, d, k, g). Kids who have trouble picking up speech sounds just using their hearing can be helped when we pair the sounds with a visual cue. Different speech therapists use different cues because we do whatever works best for the student we're working with at the time. The cues I'm using here are very similar to those used by Pam Marshalla- who you can also find on YouTube: 

More videos for specific speech sounds

As you may have guessed from my video above, I don't have professional video-editing skills... yet (growth mindset!)... so I'm going to link to Peachie Speechie who has generously shared her videos for teaching ALL the speech sounds. Please contact me if you are unsure what sounds your student should be working on. 

Click here for access to the Peachie Speechie videos. 


Lauren Teoli, M.S., CCC-SLP


Handouts and Tips

Communication Boards and Visual Aides