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Communication Delays & Disabilities

 

smiling boy grabbing dandylion weed from motherDevelopmental delays in expressive or receptive communication are the most common types of delays seen in children who receive early intervention supports and services. Here you will find resources, such as handouts, articles, video clips etc. related to supporting families of young children with communication delays and associated disabilities. Visit the resource landing pad for information about evidence-based practices and topics; online, print, and video resources, and Virginia-specific guidance.

 


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Landing Pad | Archived Webinars | Articles & Handouts | Tools | Audio/Visual | Websites & Programs

 


Landing Pad

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Archived Webinars

Talks on Tuesdays

Addressing the Receptive Language Skills of Young Children

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Corey Herd Cassidy

This webinar provides an overview of receptive language development and intervention strategies providers and families can use to support development. Click the link above to visit the 2012 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Ditch the Animal Sounds: Writing Appropriate Outcomes that Lead to Effective Implementation
VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative
Partnership for People with Disabilities
Presented by Corey H. Cassidy
This webinar begins with a brief review of assessment and diagnostic considerations related to articulation and phonology. The most effective ways to determine and write functional outcomes that focus on the communication needs of the child, while incorporating speech sound development, will be presented and discussed.  Strategies to facilitate natural speech sound development within everyday activities and routines will be also discussed. Personal anecdotes will be shared to provide participants with clear examples of outcomes and strategies. Click the link above to visit the 2015 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


It’s Almost Never Apraxia: Understanding Appropriate Diagnoses of Speech in Early Intervention
VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative
Partnership for People with Disabilities
Presented by Corey H. Cassidy
This Talk on Tuesday will review typical development of speech sounds and phonological patterns in infants and toddlers. The differences between articulation and phonological delays/disorders, apraxia of speech, and organic speech disorders, as well as what to expect in regard to differential diagnosis of these disorders with children under the age of three years will be presented. Strategies to facilitate natural speech sound development within everyday activities and routines will be discussed. Click the link above to visit the 2015 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Music Experiences for Children Birth Through Three: Making Connections for Life-Long Learning

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Trish Winter

This webinar provides information about how music can be used to positively impact infant and toddler development. Click the link above to visit the 2012 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Practices and Resources to Promote Language and Early Literacy Learning in Young Children

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Carol Trivette

This webinar describes Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) resources that can be downloaded for free and used with children and families. Click the link above to visit the 2010-2011 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.


Speech Sound Development and Facilitation

VA’s Integrated Training Collaborative

Partnership for People with Disabilities

Presented by Lissa Power-deFur

This webinar provides an overview of early speech sound development, area of concern, and facilitation approaches. Click the link above to visit the 2013 Talks on Tuesdays Archive and scroll down until you find the webinar.

 

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Articles & Handouts

12 Tips for Addressing Receptive Language in Natural Environments

Dr. Corey Herd Cassidy

December 2012 Talks on Tuesdays Webinar

This handout can be used with service providers, child care staff, parents, etc. as a resource for simple strategies that encourage receptive language development. For more information about these strategies, watch the archived webinar, “Addressing the Receptive Language Skills of Young Children” with Dr. Cassidy on the 2012 Talks on Tuesdays Recordings page.


Ear Infections and Language Development (external website)

Roberts, J. E., & Zeisel, S. A. (2000)

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

This booklet will help you understand ear infections and middle ear fluid, how hearing and language learning may be affected, and how you can support children's language learning.


Ellis, E. M., & Thal, D. J. (2008). Early language delay and risk for language impairment. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 15(3), 93-100.

This article reviews the research about early identification, characteristics, outcomes, and predictors of late talkers.


Everyday Child Language Tools (external website)

Center on Everyday Child Language Learning (CECLL)
These downloadable handouts include methods and activities practitioners and parents can use to support language learning during everyday activities. Visit the page to find links to the following tools:

  • Step-by-Step Guide for Providing Young Children Everyday Language Learning Opportunities
  • Identifying Interest-Based Everyday Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
  • Checklist and Guidelines for Identifying Young Children’s Interests
  • Methods for Increasing Child Participation in Interest-Based Language Learning Activities
  • Getting in Step with Responsive Teaching
  • Recipes for Success: Active Ingredients for Promoting a Parent’s Use of Everyday Child Language Learning Practices
  • Checklists for Promoting the Use of Everyday Child Language Learning Activities

KidTalk: Naturalistic Communication Intervention Strategies for Parents and Teachers of Young Children (external website)

Ann P. Kaiser, PhD

Vanderbilt University

This PowerPoint was presented as an AUCD webinar in 2011 and describes strategies for encouraging communication development using enhanced milieu teaching.


Late Blooming or Language Problem? (external website)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

This article is written for parents and practitioners and includes risk factors that may increase the likelihood that late-talking child in the 18-30 month age range, with normal intelligence, may continue to have language problems.


Law, J., Garrett, Z., & Nye, C. The efficacy of treatment for children with developmental speech and language delay/disorder: A meta-analysis. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47, 924-943.

This meta-analysis reviews the effectiveness of communication interventions for children. One interesting finding: there was no difference in outcomes when intervention was administered by trained parents versus clinicians.


Lederer, S. H., & Battaglia, D. (2015). Using signs to facilitate vocabulary in children with language delays. Infants & Young Children, 28(1), 18-31.

This article explores recommended practices for choosing and using signs to facilitate first spoken words in children with language delays. Implementation strategies are included.


Strategies for Promoting Communication and Language of Infants and Toddlers (external website)

University of Kansas

This manual covers 8 practical strategies for encouraging communication in infants and toddlers, including arranging the environment, responsiveness, commenting and labeling, imitating and expanding, asking open-ended questions, giving praise and positive attention, providing choices, and time delay.

 

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Tools

Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile (external website)

Infant/Toddler Checklist

Wetherby & Prizant (2001)

The purpose of the CSBS-DP is twofold: first, for early identification of children who have or are at-risk for developing a communication impairment; and second, to monitor changes in a child's communication, expressive speech, and symbolic behavior over time. The Checklist is copyrighted (Wetherby & Prizant, 2001) but remains free for use and can be downloaded from the Internet and freely photocopied or duplicated by other methods.

 

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Audio/Visual

Childhood Speech and Language Delays (external website)
Akron Children’s Hospital
This video includes common causes and indications of speech and language
delays, the importance of early intervention, and tips to promote a child's speech and language development.


Toddler Development – Practice Clips

Desired Results Access Project – Video Library

Visit this video library for clips of toddlers participating in typical routines and activities. These videos were produced for use in professional development activities to provide early interventionists, early childhood educators, and other early care and education practitioners opportunities to practice skills such as observation, documentation, and assessment. You’ll find the following toddler clips in the Practice Clips section of the library:

  • Tania Playing in the Yard (3:33) Tania demonstrates a variety of gross motor, communication, and social skills.
  • Ben at Dinnertime (3:04) Ben demonstrates a variety of social, communication, and mealtime skills.
  • Nicholas at Story Time (2:39) Nicholas demonstrates a variety of fine motor, social, and early literacy skills.
  • Crystal Moving Around (3:26) Crystal demonstrates a variety of movement, social, and communication skills.
  • Max at Mealtime (3:41) Max demonstrates a variety of social, communication, and self-feeding skills.
  • Severina Plays Knock Knock (1:31) Severina demonstrates a variety of social, communication, and fine motor skills.
  • Alec's Morning Routine (3:53) Alec demonstrates a variety of self-help, social, and communication skills.

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Websites & Programs

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (external website)
This page provides links to many resources to help practitioners and parents understand hearing, balance, speech, language, and swallowing. Some information is also available in Spanish.


Center on Everyday Child Language Learning (CECLL) (external website)

CECLL is a model demonstration center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The main goal of CECLL is to implement and evaluate an approach to early childhood communication intervention that uses everyday activities as sources of learning opportunities to promote the development of the language and communication skills of young children with disabilities and delays. CECLL is a major initiative of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute. CECLL offers downloadable reports, tools, and papers as resources for EI practitioners and families.


The Hanen Centre (external website)

The Hanen Centre’s mission is to provide parents, caregivers, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists with the knowledge and training they need to help young children develop the best possible language, social and literacy skills. This includes children with or at risk of language delays and those with developmental challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger Syndrome. Visit this page for resources for parents and professionals and professional development opportunities related to early speech and language development.


Speech and Language Delay and Disorder (external website)
University of Michigan Health System
This site includes information about milestones, disorders, causes, late bloomers, stuttering, and parenting tips for language development.

 

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