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).
52 Simple and Fun Activities for Dads and Kids: Simple Ways for Busy Dads to Connect with Their Kids
Brent Johnstone, 2016.
This book presents ideas that will help parent/child interaction flourish on a weekly basis.
HQ 756 .J65 2016 988165151
Fun Activities to Help Little Ones Talk
Amazing Things Press, 2015.
This short book has activities and games to further language development in an easy and fun way.
P 118 .B5756 2015 911059190
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 About Talking: Ways to Strengthen the 11 Skills All Toddlers Master Before Words Emerge
This book informs about the 11 skills and shows simple ways to increase these skills in children. It is designed for parents and professionals.
WL 340.2 .M6996 2017 1050450083
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
My toddler’s first words: a step by step guide to jump-start, track, and expand your toddler’s language
Scanlon Speech Therapy, 2019
With expert guidance and specific instructions and numerous examples, you will learn how to appropriately stimulate and catapult your toddler’s communication.
LB 1139 .Sca636 2019 1111802699
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
Talk With Me! : The Big Book of Exclamations 2
Chatterbox Books, Inc., 2018
This book has activities to promote language through imitation, turn taking, and shared fun.
PZ 7 .P4848 2018 1113869656
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
Time to Talk: What You Need to Know About Your Child’s Speech and Language Development (Audio book)
Tantor Audio, 2017
This audio book answers questions about language development that many parents have. It addresses many topics like language acquisition, expected milestones, etc., and it informs on how to enhance language and communication.
LB 1139 .L3M23 2017 984714908
Yoga for Speech-Language Development
Susan E. Longtin
Singing Dragon, 2017
This book explains how yoga relates to language development and shows many ways to use yoga to enhance language acquisition, development, breath support, motor planning, and more.
WL 340.3 .L866 2017 958458215
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
Language & Literacy Development
23 min; DVD
Learning Seed, 2012
This observation of preschoolers shows them engaged in activities that exemplify the extraordinary advancements in language and literacy that children make at this age.
LB 1731.6 .L364 2012 779491996
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
Teach Me to Talk. Listen and Obey 1
60 min; DVD
This DVD targets parents or caregivers to toddlers who do not process language and obey as well as others his age. There are 3 strategies to enhance language and listening in this material.
WL 340.2 .M69L 2010 1030159279
Teach Me to Talk. Listen and Obey 2
60 min; DVD
This DVD is targeted at 2-4-year-old children who are not learning language at the typical pace and struggle to obey. This had ways to improve language ability and ability to understand and listen.
WL 340.2 .M69LO 2010 1030159652
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Professional association for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Multiple resources for professionals.
Members: 800-498-2071; Non-Member: 800-638-8255
The Hanen Centre
Professional organization for parents, educators, and speech-language pathologists to help young children learn and develop language. Offers programs for parents to help their children.
email@example.com or 1-877-426-1225
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.
Young Exceptional Children, 20(1), 41-50
Coaching Parents to Use Naturalistic Language and Communication Strategies
Yusuf Akamoglu and Laurie Dinnebiel. (2015)
The purpose of this article is to describe family coaching strategies and their implementation features to teach parents to incorporate specific NT strategies into their family routines and activities. Available as a PDF.
American Journal of Play , 6(1), 39-54
Talking It Up: Play, Language Development, and the Role of Adult Support
Weisberg et al. (2013)
This article explains how play is beneficial to language development and how adults need to help guide children in play that has learning benefits. Available as a PDF.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development
This page offers age-appropriate ways that parents can engage their young children to help develop speech and language abilities.
Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5
This free toolkit details communication skills that parents should expect to see in their child by age and tips for how to support children’s development through daily reading. Also available in Spanish.
Identify the Signs of Communication Disorders
ASHA’s Identify the Signs campaign educates about typical communication development as well as the early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
Learning by Listening to Language
Exploring the sounds of language is an important part of learning how to read and write. Spend time listening, talking, and reading together to build your child’s skills and confidence. These games will help your child begin to demonstrate an understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds. Also available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, and French.
Talk, Listen, and Learn
Young children are developing their ability to express themselves through language. You can help your child build vocabulary and conversation skills by talking together. Also available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, and French .
Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Language and Literacy (IEL)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Learning Project. Also available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Chinese.
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.