Meet Your Instructor

Cara Tambellini M.A. CCC-RSLP(C)

Cara is an early intervention expert speech-language pathologist. She has over a decade of experience working with young children under the age of three. She holds a master's degree in speech-language pathology from Northwestern University. She is licensed to practice in California and is registered by the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals in British Columbia. In addition, Cara is clinically certified by Speech-Language Audiology Canada and she holds her Certification of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Visit Cara on Instagram at

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Milestones and Course Instructions

  • 2

    Strategy 1 - Attending

    • Video Lesson - Attending

    • Strategy Sheet - Attending

    • Attending example 1

    • Attending example 2

    • Attending example 3

  • 3

    Strategy 2 - Responding

    • Video Lesson - Responding

    • Strategy Sheet - Responding

    • Responding example 1

    • Responding example 2

    • Responding example 3

    • Responding example 4

    • Responding example 5

  • 4

    Strategy 3 - Pausing

    • Video Lesson - Pausing

    • Strategy Sheet - Pausing

    • Pausing example 1

    • Pausing example 2

    • Pausing example 3

    • Pausing example 4

  • 5

    Strategy 4 - Communicative Temptations

    • Video Lesson - Communicative Temptations

    • Strategy Sheet - Communicative Temptations

    • Communicative Temptations example 1

    • Communicative Temptations example 2

    • Communicative Temptations example 3

    • Communicative Temptations example 4

    • Communicative Temptations example 5

    • Communicative Temptations example 6

  • 6

    Strategy 5 - Adding

    • Video Lesson - Adding

    • Strategy Sheet - Adding

  • 7

    Strategy 6 - Recasting

    • Video Lesson - Recasting

    • Strategy Sheet - Recasting

    • Recasting example 1

    • Recasting example 2

    • Recasting example 3

    • Recasting example 4

  • 8

    Putting It All Together - Strategies During Daily Routines

    • Video Lesson - Daily Routines

    • Strategy Sheet - Daily Routines

    • Putting it all together example

  • 9

    List of References

    • List of References


  • How old should my child be if I want to take this course?

    This course was designed for parents of young children between the ages of 9 months and 3 years who are not talking or have a few words already.

  • How long is each lesson?

    Each lesson (or "strategy") takes around 10-20 minutes to complete. A printable strategy sheet is available for each strategy. You can place it in a visible location so you can remember to use the strategy with your child during the day. It is recommended that you learn one strategy per week and practice implementing that strategy the entire week. That way, the strategy becomes a habit before you begin the next strategy.

  • What if my child already has words but is not yet combining words?

    This course gives you strategies to help your child progress from using words to phrases. The strategies in the course will help your child increase their phrase length and improve their articulation and grammar.

  • My child is already in speech therapy. Should I take this course?

    This course is not meant to be a substitute for speech therapy but it is a great addition to speech therapy! You will learn strategies that speech-language pathologists use with young children. All of the strategies taught in this course are evidence-based.

  • Evidence-Based Strategies

    The strategies you will learn in this course are backed by research - they really work!

  • Video Examples

    The strategies have video examples showing you exactly how to do the strategies.

  • Expert Advice

    Taught by an expert early intervention SLP with over 10 years of experience working with children under the age of three.