This topical guide on speech-language resources for early intervention practitioners 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).

Autism Spectrum Disorders and AAC
Pat Mirenda & Teresa Iacono (Eds.)
Brookes, 2009
This book examines the effect of augmentative and alternative communication strategies on the communication, social skills, and behavior of individuals with autism.
WM 203.5 .A939mi 2009   259902171

Becoming Verbal with Childhood Apraxia
Pam Marshalla
Marshalla Speech and Language, 2007
This book helps therapists and parents learn how to help children become more vocal, verbal, communicative, imitative and interactive.
WL 340 .M369b 2001 441492313

Communicative Competence for Individuals Who Use AAC: From Research to Effective Practice
Janice C. Light, David R. Beukelman, & Joe Reichle (Eds.)
Brookes, 2003
This book provides research and methods covering standards of linguistic, operational, social, and strategic competence of children using augmentative and alternative communication.
WL 340.2 .C7348 2003  51839004

Differential Diagnosis and Treatment of Children with Speech Disorder
Barbara Dodd (Ed.)
Whurr, 2005
This book for pediatric speech and language therapists discusses norms of speech development as well as intervention programs for subgroups of speech disorders.
WM 475 .D569 2005  58554192

Exemplary Practices for Beginning Communicators: Implications for AAC
Joe Reichle, David R. Beukelman, & Janice C. Light (Eds.)
Brookes, 2002
This text for speech-language pathologists and other professionals discusses how augmentative and alternative communication can help establish beginning communication skills among children and other individuals who experience significant communication challenges.
WL 340.2 .E96 2002   47667356

Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children
A. Lynn Williams, Sharynne McLeod, & Rebecca J. McCauley (Eds.)
Brookes, 2010
This book provides in-depth examinations of 23 evidence-based phonological and articulatory interventions for young children with functional or motor-based speech disorders. This textbook also includes a DVD with footage demonstrating evidence-based practice.
 WL 340.2 .I612 2010   435728457

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

Oral Motor Assessment and Treatment: Ages and Stages
Diane Chapman Bahr & Argye Elizabeth Hillis
Allyn & Bacon, 2001
A clinical handbook for speech-language pathologists, this book guides practitioners through the process of developmentally appropriate oral-motor assessment, evaluation, and treatment of children of all ages, including infants and toddlers.
 WL 340.2 .B151o 2001   44421024

Phonological Disorders in Children: Clinical Decision Making in Assessment and Intervention
Alan G. Kamhi & Karen E. Pollock (Eds.)
Brookes, 2005
In this book, a dozen experts discuss phonological disorders in children, including assessment, classification, intervention, and the selection of goals and targets.
 WL 340.2 .P574kam 2005   57432248

Treatment of Language Disorders in Children
Rebecca J. McCauley & Marc E. Fey (Eds.)
Brookes, 2006
This textbook helps speech-language graduate students to evaluate, compare, select, and apply effective interventions for children with language disorders. The book examines 15 widely used interventions. It includes a DVD with video footage.
 WL 340.2 .T784 2006   62133783

Working with Families in Speech-Language Pathology
Nicole Watts Pappas & Sharynne McLeod (Eds.)
Plural Publishing, 2008
This book for professionals discusses the evidence base for parent and family involvement in different areas of speech-language pathology (SLP) clinical practice and also discusses the most effective ways of interacting with and involving parents in SLP intervention.
 WL 340.2 .W926p 2008   166358778


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

Discovery: Pathways To Better Speech For Children With Down Syndrome
81 minute; DVD
Blueberry Shoes Productions; 2005.
This film takes the viewer into the real world of speech in children with Down syndrome. Through examples, interviews and stories, the DVD shows how parents and professionals can bring forth better speech and communication.
 WS 107 .D611s 2005   64388728

It Takes Two to Talk
126-minute DVD
Hanen Centre, 2006
This companion to the It Takes Two to Talk book provides video examples of activities parents and professionals can use to develop the language and communication skills of young children.
 LB 1139 .L3 .I88 2006   232958997

More Than Words: Promoting the Communication Development of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Social
Communication Challenges
5-hour DVD
Hanen Centre, 2008
This companion to the “More Than Words” book provides parents and professionals with visual examples of strategies to implement in improving the language and communication skills of children with social and communication challenges, such as autism spectrum disorder.
 WM 203.5 .S964dvd 2008   318360527

Speech, Language, And Hearing Milestones: Birth To Age Five
44 minute; DVD
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; 2005
Presents normal infant development with emphasis on hearing, speech, and language development. The video also discusses the credentials and services of speech language pathology and audiology. Age-specific milestones are addressed. This video is for parents and professionals and provides examples of normal speech, language, and hearing development, as well as tips on when parents should seek treatment.
 WS 105.5 .C8 S742 2005   70273319

Supporting the Communication of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
127-minute DVD
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005
This self-study video focuses on communication and assessment methodologies and strategies for toddlers and school-age children. Through the case studies of two children with ASD, the video provides theoretical and research background, as well as evidence-based information and practical examples.
 WM 203.5 .S959d 2005  71392890



American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association site contains numerous resources for professionals, including topic-specific guides, continuing education opportunities, ASHA publications, articles, an online store, and the latest research.

American Academy of Audiology
The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists.


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.

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 4(2), 31-36
Developing an Early Intervention Preservice Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology
Joanne E. Roberts, Elizabeth Crais, Thomas Layton, Linda Watson, & Debbie Reinhartsen. (1995)
This article describes an early intervention program designed for use by speech-language pathologists, preparing them to work with birth to 5-year-old children and their families in a family-centered and interdisciplinary manner.

Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 43(5), 1061–1071
Predicting Language Outcomes for Young Prelinguistic Children with Developmental Delay
Amy M. Calandrella & M. Jeanne Wilcox. (2000)
This article presents a study that examined the relationship between young children’s prelinguistic communication behaviors and subsequent expressive and receptive language outcomes.

Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (42) 341-364
Testing and Beyond: Strategies and Tools for Evaluation and Assessment of Infants and Toddlers
Elizabeth R. Crais. July 2011
This article condenses the ASHA document Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) in Early Intervention: Guidelines.

Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 34(3), 180-193
Early Identification of and Intervention for Infants and Toddlers Who Are at Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Julian Woods & Amy Wetherby, 2003
For young children with autism spectrum disorder, research indicates that intervention provided before age 3 has a much greater impact than intervention provided after age 5. This is consistent with early intervention research with other populations

Seminars in Speech and Language, 27(1), 10-20
Developing and Implementing Early Intervention Plans for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Vanessa Khouri Smith & Ann Dillenbeck. (2006)
This article presents promising practices for speech-language pathologists to use while collaboratively developing and implementing early intervention plans for children with ASD and their families.

Web Resources

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

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development
This resource, from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, provides tips to promote children’s speech development. The activities are organized by children’s ages (birth to 2 years, 2 to 4 years, and 4 to 6 years).

American Academy of Audiology
This site provides information on advocacy, outreach, professional development, and research for practicing audiologists.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association site contains numerous resources for professionals, including topic-specific guides, continuing education opportunities, ASHA publications, articles, an online store, and the latest research.Resources available on the ASHA Web site:

ASHA Early Intervention Page on the ASHA Web site is devoted to professionals who are interested in or are participating in an early intervention program.

Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Early Intervention: Guidelines

Core Knowledge and Skills in Early Intervention Speech-Language Pathology Practice

Speech-Language Pathologists and Early Intervention: ASHA Practice Policies, Documents Support EI Role

Year 2007 Position Statement: Principles and Guidelines for Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs (Joint Committee on Infant Hearing)

Preferred Practice Patterns for the Profession of Speech-Language Pathology

Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology

ASHA Special Interest Division News and Events

Apraxia Kids
This site, created and run by the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), contains numerous resources, including a library of articles on childhood apraxia and an “SLP Start Guide” that outlines important information about childhood apraxia for speech-language professionals.

Better Speech and Hearing
May 15, 2009. Centers for Disease Control.
Hearing loss is the number one birth defect in America, affecting approximately 12,000 newborns every year. John Eichwald discusses the importance of early intervention in newborns.

Center for Early Learning Literacy (CELL)
Practice Guides with adaptations give ideas on how to make literacy learning activities accessible for young children with disabilities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Hearing Loss in Children
This portion of the CDC Web site provides information for families and health professionals. The site contains statistics, research, and resources, including information about the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs and an online parent guide to infant hearing loss.

How to Promote Early Language and Literacy
Learn how children learn to develop the skills necessary to develop language and literacy early in their life.

MedlinePlus Speech and Communication Disorders Page
Medline is a consumer health information resource from the U.S. National Library of Medicine. This page contains information on speech and communication disorders, including the latest research, dictionaries, glossaries, statistics, introductions to specific diagnoses, and treatment options.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIDCD supports biomedical research into hearing and communication disorders. The NIDCD site contains a great deal of information for professionals, including consumer health information, the latest research, and grant and funding opportunities.

The Gift of Words: Conversation and Routines (IEL)
Some children start kindergarten with double the vocabulary of others. Knowing many words and understanding them are important in developing thinking skills and in getting ready to read. Also in Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and Korean.

Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Language and Literacy (IEL)
It’s happening again! You’re running errands with your children and suddenly you’re stuck—in traffic, at the clinic, in the checkout line. Many parents find that playful learning activities can help reduce children’s impatience when they have to wait. Also in Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and Korean.

Speech-Language Resources for Early Intervention Practitioners