This topical guide on language development in young children will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
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 and Elaine Weitzman
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 and 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
Brookes Publishing, 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
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
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 min; 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
126 min; 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 min; DVD
Little Lantern Learning Inc., 2012
Ideas for new parents using conversation for learning. Also in Spanish.
LB 1140.5 .L3 Si577 2012 913749792
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.
Infants & Young Children, 27(3), 207-219
Everyday Child Language Learning Early Intervention Practices
Carl Dunst, et al. (2014)
This article describes a language intervention model that includes 4 components: interest-based child learning opportunities, the everyday family and community activities that are sources of interest-based child learning, the methods for increasing child participation in the everyday learning activities, and the use of responsive teaching for promoting child communication and language learning while children are engaged in the activities.
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.
When to Take Your Child to the SLP
This guide will take you through disorders for which speech, language, or communication issues are a component and offer resources that you can use to educate yourself on how speech therapy can help your child.