Resources on Speech and Language
As a parent, it can be difficult to know which resources are reliable and trustworthy. We have taken the guess work out for you and gathered some of our favorite resources on speech, language, and feeding.
Resources on Language Development
An excellent resource with easy and practical ways to encourage language at home!
Language Development: How Babies Talk: The Magic and Mystery of Language in the First Three Years of Life by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Did you know your baby can recognize changes in syllables and familiar songs while still in utero? Or that he can recognize his own name as early as 4 months? Find out why “baby talk” is so beneficial for your child. You will truly be amazed as you read about all that your little one can understand and do! This research based book gives a wonderful overview of how your child’s language develops and tips to help him along his journey
Child Development: Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
Did you know flashcards are not the best way for your child to learn? Children actually learn better through play. “Einstein New Used Flashcards” is such an important reminder of why our children need to play. The book is divided into areas of development and shows us how play helps children develop in every area. The book contains wonderful research on how play helps children become successful in school and in life.
www.hanen.orgThe Hanen Centre began its work with a focus on early language intervention for children with language delays..
www.asha.org American Speech and Hearing Association:
Resources on Autism
Autism: Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism Dr. Barry M Prizant
Dr. Prizant is the developer of the SCERTS model and an expert in the area of autism. His knowledge and experience provides wonderful insight on autism. Dr Prizant teaches us not how to “get rid” rid of autism, but to understand its unique characteristics in relation to social skills, communication skills, and development. This book highlights just how wonderful and “uniquely human” we all are and is a refreshing perspective on autism.
Another amazing resource from Hanen. This book is a must-read for parents of young children with autism. It is packed full of ways to build communication and play skills at home and easy ways to implement the strategies into your daily routine.
Resources on Down Syndrome
Resources on Feeding/ “Picky Eaters”
Eating: Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Parent’s Handbook: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating by Melanie Potock, MA CCC-SLP and Nimali Fernndo, MD, MPH
Did you know it’s normal for toddlers two years old to go through a period of “neophobia,” where they are afraid to try new things. This includes trying new foods and explains why almost every parent of a toddler I meet describes their child as “picky” to some degree. What is unique about this book is that it is written by a Pediatric Speech Pathologist/Feeding Specialist in conjunction with a pediatrician. This book is full of suggestions that families can easily implement to encourage a happy and healthy eater!
Mouth and Feeding Development Nobody Ever Told Me (or my Mother) That!: Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development by Diane Bahr, MS. CCC-SLP
The title of this book is perfect! It truly is full of information you most likely have never heard. For example, did you know you baby’s jaw grows the most in the first of life? Or that babies can be taught to drink from a straw as early as six months. This book is a wealth of useful information and easy to read charts. Seriously, this book is a fantastic resource with easy to activities to try with your developing baby or toddler!
Experiencing food with all the senses is one of the best ways to encourage an adventurous eater. This book has a ton of recipes so you can have fun in the kitchen with your little one! Best of all, they are delicious and healthy!
Another kid-friendly cookbook! This book is co-authored by feeding specialist, Dawn Winkelmann and is specially for designed to use with the EZ mat.
I LOVE the EZ mats. They are so great more making mealtime fun and easy!
Resources on Childhood Apraxia of Speech
A must-read if you are a parent of a child with apraxia. This book covers everything from navigating services to encouraging speech at home
www.cherabfoundation.org The Cherab Foundation is a world-wide nonprofit organization working to improve the communication skills and education of all children with speech and language delays and disorders. Our area of emphasis in addition to autism is verbal and oral apraxia, severe neurologically-based speech and language disorders that hinder children’s ability to speak.
www.apraxia-kids.org Apraxia Kids is the leading nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and optimal communication skills. We believe every child deserves a voice.
Toys/Books/Games for speech and language
DK Touch and Feel Cards: I love these cards! They come in several categories including “My first words,” “Animals,” and “Transportation.” These cards are great because they have different textures for your little one to feel. Talk about how they feel and look such as “soft” or “sticky.” We often focus on nouns when we are modeling words and it is important to focus on other words too such as verbs and adjectives. This will give your child a variety of words to use when he or she starts combing words to form phrases and sentences. The key here is not to turn it into a “quiz” (“What’s that?”), but rather comment on what your child is interested in and model the language associated with it. Kids love putting the cards in the box and taking them out. Use this as an opportunity to target the words “in” and “out” and periodically close the box to create an opportunity for them to request “open.”
Early mouthing experiences are critical for healthy mouth development. This tri-chew allows for easy access to the back molar to practice chewing and jaw strengthening.
These “Noisy Books” are always a hit with my kids! The sounds and bright pictures keep little ones and engaged and they are great for imitating sounds!
Anything that requires assistance is a great therapy tool. Since most toddlers have difficulty winding up the toy, it provides a wonderful opportunity to model words such as “go” or “help” when they hand you the toy. You can build in a prompt by saying, “Ready, set, _____” and looking at your little one expectantly. I make sure to build in choices for which animal the child wants next and model the name of their choice several times.Toys that are “hard to use” create tons of communication opportunities. Learn more about how to use waiting to encourage speech and language.
For more ideas, check out out “Choosing Toys for Language Development”