This topical guide on language development in young children will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.

Books

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

Videos

Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

Organizations

Articles

The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

  • Infants & Young Children, 28(1), 18-31
    Using Signs to Facilitate Vocabulary in Children With Language Delays
    Susan Hendler Lederer and Dana Battaglia. (2015)
    The purpose of this article is to explore recommended practices in choosing and using key word signs (i.e., simple single-word gestures for communication) to facilitate first spoken words in hearing children with language delays. Available as a downloadable PDF.
  • Young Exceptional Children, 4(4), 10-15
    Supporting Emergent Literacy in Play-based Activities
    Mary Frances Hanline. (2001)
    This article provides tips for parents and caregivers on play activities that promote early literacy and that can be incorporated into natural environments.  Available as a PDF.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

  • Children with Special Needs: Communication Disorders – Language Disorders
    This 2-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of some language-based learning disabilities (such as Dyslexia), some behavioral symptoms that a child with a communication disorder could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with communication disorders.
  • Children with Special Needs: Communication Disorders – Speech Disorders
    This 3-page PDF created by the Head Start Center for Inclusion offers families and professionals a brief description of some common speech disorders including childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD), some behavioral symptoms that a child with with these speech disorders could exhibit and some strategies for overcoming challenges that may be associated with speech disorders.
  • EIC: Encouraging Bilingual Babies and Toddlers
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: How I Communicate
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: How I Understand
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
  • EIC: Moments That Matter: Talking with Your Baby
    A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Language Development in Young Children
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