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 via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).


It Takes Two to Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays
Jan Pepper & Elaine Weitzman.
Toronto: Hanen Centre, 2017
This newly revised guide shows parents how to help their child communicate through talking during daily activities.
LB 1139 .L3 I88 2017 988165151

Let’s Talk Together: Home Activities for Early Speech & Language Development
Cory Poland & Amy Chouinard
Talking Child, 2008
This book provides caregivers and parents with over 55 activities that are designed to enrich children’s speech and language abilities.
LB 1139.5 .L35 .P762 2008 301797550

Talk to Me, Baby!: How You Can Support Young Children’s Language Development
Betty S. Bardige.
Baltimore, MD: Brookes, 2016
This easy-to-read book shows parents how to talk to and play with children in ways that support their emerging language skills.
LB 1139 .L3 .B365 2016 933386049

Talking with your toddler : 75 fun activities and interactive games that teach your child to talk
Laikko, Teresa
Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2016
This book teaches you how to stimulate speech using everyday play, using fun and engaging activities.  With proven therapies and easy-to-follow activities, it makes an ideal home companion.
P 118.5 .L35 2016 923795973

Videos

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


Celebrating Language and Literacy for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos
43-minute DVD. Teaching Strategies, 2008
This DVD presents two programs that show how everyday routines, experiences, and environments support children’s emerging language skills.
P 118 .C392 2008 228430775

It Takes Two to Talk: A Guide to Promoting the Communication and Development of Children with Language Delays
2-hour, 6-minute DVD. Hanen Centre, 2006
This DVD is a companion to the It Takes Two to Talk guide. The program shows how parents and caregivers can promote early language development in everyday routines.
LB 1139 L3 .I88 2006 232958997

Simply Talk: Language as a Foundation for Literacy
20-minute DVD. Little Lantern Learning Inc., 2012
Ideas for new parents using conversation for learning.   Also in Spanish.
LB 1140.5 .L3 Si577 2012 913749792

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.

Encouraging Bilingual Babies and Toddlers (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

How I Communicate (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

How I Understand (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Moments That Matter: Talking with Your Baby (EIC)
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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