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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Web Resources for Parents

Published December 2, 2008 10:38 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
I did a training a few months back for a group of educators and therapists. At the end, I included the following list of resources. It is a collection of websites that highlight a variety of issues and information that is helpful for Early Intervention Speech and Feeding therapy. Some of the topics include apraxia, commonly asked speech and language questions and concerns, toy resources, developmental milestones, dysphagia and many more. Hope you find it helpful!
  • http://www.toysrus.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2269725 - this chart is part of the Toys R Us website. It serves as a resource for parents (and therapists!). The website itself gives toy idea suggestions for children across the ages and also breaks toys down by name brands and categories, such as art and crafts, etc. It is a great resource for anyone looking for therapy tool ideas and/or gifts for children.
  • http://www.playtosay.com/ - Great toy resource for parents and therapists. It also suggests toys by age as well as toys for specific speech disorders (i.e. oral motor, pretend play, etc.)!!
  • http://kidshealth.org/ - good resource created by the Nemours Foundation and includes "doctor approved information" - helps to explain the nature of speech therapy, when it is needed and how parents can help their child at home.
  • http://www.talkingchild.com/ - Baby Babble Videos, resources for both parents and therapists.
  • http://www.speechforkids.com/ - answers many commonly asked questions (i.e. Is it normal for my toddler to stutter? Is my child autistic?)
  • http://www.apraxia-kids.org/ - breaks down the differences between apraxia and a basic speech delay and clearly explains what parents can do at home and what a therapist can do to treat the disorder.
  • http://parentcenter.babycenter.com/ - defines and outlines developmental milestones for children from birth through childhood. This can be very helpful for new parents who are unsure about what their child's development should look like at each age level.
  • http://www.dysphagiaplus.com/ -materials for purchase for SLPs, OTs, SIs, and caregivers who work with individuals with disabilities of varying degrees. Materials include augmentative communication devices/oral motor tools/sensory motor toys/etc.

The following resources I have highlighted in previous blog posts:

There are so many resources out there. Please share other website resources YOU use and find helpful with the little ones in your life!!

7 comments

These are some sites you might want to look at re speech/lnag. info   These come from an EI therapist that works in Delawe Co, PA and posts on advance for slp's regularly.  The parent /babycenter one looked simple and gave basic info. Didn't have time to view others. Mom

jess b July 17, 2010 11:43 AM

A good friend of mine called recently for some advice. She and her family had dinner with some friends

January 22, 2010 9:58 AM

Last week's blog highlighted all the non-therapy related items that are necessities when working in EI

June 23, 2009 10:45 AM

PingBack from http://www.baby-parenting.com/lma/directory/Kids_&_Teens/Health/Conditions_and_Diseases/Speech_Disorders/Speech_Disorders.html

December 28, 2008 7:36 AM

Mark ~ Thank you for sharing the information - I have heard some similar information regarding the use of Omega 3....I looked at Speech Trial - do you need to register onto the site in order to see the information?

stephanie, blog author December 3, 2008 10:32 PM

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December 2, 2008 8:45 PM

Many children are experiencing improvements in speech with fish oil supplementation. SpeechTrial is an omega 3 research and development organization with an emphasis on interventions for Verbal Apraxia.  You may find it of interest to read about the ongoing research utilizing omega 3 and vitamin E together.  These two nutrients seem to be working synergistically with significant benefits.  See www.SpeechTrial.com  

Mark Nottoli December 2, 2008 4:25 PM
Lake Forest IL

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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