These are a few of my favorite resources to help promote language development for very young children:
- VROOM App (this is not an app for children to play with. VROOM is intended for caregivers of young children). It’s free in Google Play stores and iTunes. VROOM is available in both Spanish and English. For more information, click HERE
- Music, rhymes, and finger play routines are great for teaching language. THIS is my favorite library of free songs and rhymes
- “The Big Book of Exclamations” was written by a speech therapist and is available HERE
- First Words Project is a research project to help identify children who would benefit from early intervention, earlier. There are tons of beautiful, research-based resources. Families who complete the “screen my child” survey (parents of 9-18 month olds) get free access to the “growth charts” to monitor their child’s development (usually these are $60/year). There are trainings, videos, and many other resources as well.
- “Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism” is an absolutely fantastic book with evidence-based communication building strategies that can be easily implementing into your daily routines (e.g. washing hands or putting on shoes). I use these strategies with all the families I work with – they are fantastic whether or not a child has Autism. This book is available HERE