I want my child to learn to talk.
Will this program help them?

Learning to talk is an important goal of communication therapy, but just learning to use words in sentences is not enough.  There are many aspects to communicating with others that are very important too, such as

  • Understanding the words other people say (receptive language)
  • Understanding what people really mean when they speak (eg ‘hop on the bus’ really means get into the bus. It doesn’t mean to hop on one foot on top of the bus!
  • Understanding the social rules of language –
    • that people take turns when they speak to each other,
    • how to start a new conversation with someone,
    • how to change a conversation without upsetting the other person
    • and many other unwritten rules about communication

While most nonverbal children with a disability do learn to talk at some stage, many can take much longer than other children do.  This means that they can miss out on learning HOW to use language properly.

Some children with a disability might not ever speak with words, but they still need to learn the unwritten rules of communication.

Unfortunately, many speech therapy programs focus solely on the words that we say and how to say them more clearly.  Focussing on just learning to say words means that many children do not learn HOW to communicate with another person.

My child is already has a speech therapist. Do we need this program?

Yes! Children who have a disability often need a lot of practise to learn to communicate.  It can take them many years!  Having an actively involved speech therapist in your life is a great gift.  Unfortunately, it is unlikely that your speech therapist will be there until your child no longer needs them.

In fact, having the same speech therapist for many years could actually slow your child down! 

Every new speech therapist that works with your child will see your child for what they can do now.  Just as when you see your child everyday you barely notice that they have grown taller, a new speech therapist will see where your child is right now, not where they were in the past.

This means that they will challenge your child to develop even more quickly!

Having a coordinated therapy plan will help you quickly and easily share your child’s progress, and what you have worked on in the past.  This means that your therapist can quickly move from getting to know your child to helping them communicate.

It also means that you can choose therapists from different organisations, such as working with a private therapist and a government employed therapist, without worrying that hey won’t understand what is important to you.

You can even move to a new city, and take your own record of therapy with you.

My child is too young to have therapy.

It is never too early.  All children start learning to communicate from birth (in fact, many people believe children start to learn to communicate before they are born!)  Very young babies learn how to interact with the people around them by the way people respond to them.  They learn that when they cry, someone comes and picks them up, and they learn fun games like peek-a-boo, which teaches them about taking turns.  Children learn to understand spoken words well before they can say the same words.

Children who have disabilities may take longer to learn the same skills than other children.  They may need more time to learn the skills, or they may have other disabilities that make it harder for them to make sense of the world around them, such as a hearing or vision impairment.  Children that are not able to physically explore the world by crawling or walking also need more time to learn to communicate, because children learn to talk by interacting with the world.

Because some children with disabilities do not interact with other people as often as other children, they do not get as much practice at communicating than other children

My child has started school.  Are they too old to learn to talk?

It’s never too late to start planning your child’s communication development.  If your child is older and is still having trouble communicating, then you MUST start now.  Your child is at risk of falling further and further behind.  By planning your child’s therapy, you can make sure that your child continues to progress towards their communication goals.

As children get older, there is often less and less support available to develop their communication.  Many schools do not even have speech therapists!  If your child is still needs therapy for communication, it is vital you make the most of every bit of therapy your child can get.

We are spending a lot of time doing other therapies, such as Physio.  Should we wait until we have finished then start this program?

Learning to walk and talk are both important for your child.  In fact, all children can learn to walk and talk at the same time.  Many of the activities done during a physiotherapy program can include language goals at the same time.

For instance, if your child needs to spend time standing, your child can use the time to practise communicating while they are standing up.  Communication is with us wherever we are, so it is easy to include communication into other activities.

If you don’t have a coordinated plan for your child’s development, then your child might be missing out on easy opportunities to develop their communication skills.

The paediatrician said my child will learn to talk when they are ready

Children with disabilities are at risk of never developing good communication.  If your child has a disability that makes it harder for them to communicate, the earlier you start, the more likely it they will develop good communication.

No matter what age your child is now, if you are worried about their communication, you should start NOW.

Some children with a disability may learn to talk later than other children.  This means they could be missing out on opportunities to practice communicating until they learn to talk.

For some children, this could be years of unnecessary tantrums because they can’t tell you what they want or how they feel!

Some children with disabilities never learn to talk with spoken words.  That doesn’t mean they won’t be able to communicate at all.  There are many other ways for children to learn to communicate without using words.  If you don’t start now, your child is missing out on valuable time learning to communicate.  The longer you wait, the harder it will be for your child to catch up.

Using alternative communication will make my child lazy and will stop them from speaking.

This is simply not true. Children (and adults!) use the most effective communication method they have available to them.  If your child is not yet talking, they need to use another method of communication.

Once they start to talk, and their talking is becomes easier to understand they will use their voice to speak.

In fact, using alternative communication before a child learns to speak actually improves their communication skills!

It’s a win/win situation.  Your child gets to practice communicating successfully, you get to experience less tantrums, and your child will choose the easiest method of communicating (and when they can talk, talking will be the easiest method of communicating).

Using alternative communication will make them look different to the other kids.

Yes, but so does not being able to talk at all!  If your child has a disability, chances are they stand out from the kids around them in some way.

In fact, being able to use an alternative communication method (such as signing or using a chat board) to tell you they are hungry won’t look anywhere near as different as a 10 (or 15!) year old having a tantrum in the supermarket!

For many children, using a different method of communicating helps them to join in with other kids, and to make friends.  In fact, children that are using an iPad or iPod to communicate often make new friends because of their cool device!

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Do we have to use Clickbank to join the program?

Clickbank is our preferred method.  Clickbank accepts credit card and paypal payments.

What happens if I want to quit the mentoring program?

No problem, you can cancel your subscription at anytime and you will not be billed any further. There are no lock-in contracts with this program

What are the computer system requirements to view the lessons?

Because it is an internet based program you will need is a computer with a connection to the internet to be able to view the lessons.

The therapy planner is available in both Microsoft word and PDF formats.  You will need a program that can open both of these programs in order to open the therapy planner.

What is The Raising Nonverbal Children mentoring Program and how does it work?

The program is a monthly subscription.  Each week you get an eclass delivered to your inbox.  The eclasses will give you the skills to help your child learn to communicate.  They follow a step by step logical sequence to help you develop your child’s unique communication therapy plan.

The program will help you discover

  • What your family values most so you know exactly what sort of therapy will fit your family’s lifestyle
  • How to work effectively with (not against) your speech therapist so your child can achieve their full potential
  • What to tell your extended family and friends so they understand why your child does not talk, and what they can do to help you and your child
  • How to select the best communication goals so you can accelerate your child’s learning
  • Which communication development techniques will help your child learn to communicate fastest

You can access the program from any computer with an internet connection, at any time

Who is this mentoring program for?

This site is for any parent (or anyone else) who cares for a child who has difficulties communicating because of their disability including:

  • cerebral palsy,
  • autism,
  • down syndrome,
  • global developmental delay
  • intellectual disability or
  • for any other reason

Who is Gail Bennell?

Gail Bennell is an Australian Speech Pathologist with a passion for helping nonverbal children learn to communicate.  She has over 19 years’ experience working with children with disabilities.

Working as a Speech Pathologist for a government therapy service, she became aware that parents wanted to be able to help their children learn to communicate, but were not sure where to start.

It became apparent that many parents wanted to be in control of their child’s development, but the way that therapy services are delivered, and the shortage of qualified staff  meant that parents and the therapy organisations were trying to do different things.

Most importantly, nonverbal children were missing out on opportunities to reach their fll potential.

It is for this reason that the Raising Nonverbal Children Mentoring Program was developed.  A program that is affordable, effective, and easily accessible to everyday families who want the best for their child.

What does it cost?

Membership to The Raising Nonverbal Children Mentoring Program is $49.00 per month.  Each week you will receive an eclass via email.  The eclasses are designed to help you learn how to help your child learn to communicate, and to develop your child’s unique therapy planner.  This works out to be $12.25 each week.

There is no contract so you can cancel your membership at anytime. We believe that you will gain so much knowledge, skill and enjoyment from this program and at this very reasonable monthly cost the impact on your household budget will be much less than if you had to hire a specialized tutor.

You can make this monthly payment via a credit card, or using PayPal.

How do I get started?

Simply click in the box where it says ‘click here’ to Start The Program Now. From here you will be guided through a series of steps to register your name, email address, create a password and put your payment details into our secure payment system. The first eclass will arrive in your inbox in the next 48 hours once all the details have been verified and you will be ready to begin the program.

If you have a question that has not been answered, please ask us from the contact us page by clicking here (link to contact box).

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