Apraxia, Speech & Language Delay
My son still has a long way to go to conversational speech, but he can now speak and we celebrate that! I am going to list some of the resources that were and continue to be very valuable. (Be sure to read the blog Overcoming Apraxia for more information.)
Apraxia Kids – Apraxia kids is the leading non-profit organization that strengthens the support system in the lives of children with apraxia and their families.
Word FLIPS with REAL words (and pictures) is a must for children with limited speech, unintelligible speech, and/or childhood apraxia of speech! Teach functional vocabulary words, such as greetings and requests (for example, “hi,” “go,” and “bye”) while practicing up to three repetitions of sound sequences. When my son was younger we’d use Word Flips during mealtimes and his articulation improved quickly.
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Baby Signing Time & Signing Time with Rachel Coleman
For the first two years of my son’s life sign language was his major form of communication. He thrived using Rachel Coleman’s Baby Signing Time. Our entire family enjoyed learning the songs and signs. I loved to follow his progress using the free guides and checklists included. You can purchase single episodes, single volumes or what I did and join for a small monthly fee to have digital access to all of the content. Click the link below to go directly to the Big Abilities store at Signing Time to learn more.
Teach My Baby/Toddler
Teach My BabyToddler is the multi-award-winning all-in-one learning kit for babies and toddlers. Requiring no screens, the kit has everything necessary! The baby kit is divided into four sections to teach babies – First Words, First Numbers, Self and Sound & Touch. Teach My Toddler is divided into four sections; The Alphabet, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. Each kit includes everything you need and is affordably priced. My son still loves pulling out the boxes and us having what we used to call “Baby School.”
Teach Me to Talk with Laura Mize
Laura Mize is a pediatric speech-language pathologist who specializes in treating young children, ages birth to three, with communication delays and disorders. I was fortunate to have found Laura early on when I first noticed a speech delay in my son. Each day I poured over her videos, podcasts, blogs, and resources. She taught me so much about how to help my son gain speech and language through play. She is a MUST resource for any parent who has a child struggling with a speech and/or language delay!
Easy Does It For Apraxia
The Easy Does It For Apraxia program is brilliant. This program focuses on teaching hand signals or cues for sounds. For example, to signal the “hu hu” sound (called the Doggie Signal – like a dog panting) you teach putting the hand in front of the mouth and huff into while making the dog panting sound so they feel the air they need to push to make the sound. My son thrived learning using this approach. Being a kinesthetic technique, such as signing, gives children with speech delays a physical starting point in their speaking.
Parent’s Guide to Language Delays and Speech Disorders in Children
This article by the online speech pathology program from Baylor University’s Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences is an excellent read for parents who may be concerned about language delays or speech disorders.