This page supplies resources on how language develops and strategies to enhance this development.
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Description: The 2013 virtual conference was held on November 11-15, 2013, featuring Penny Reed's keynote address that focused on integrating assistive technology to improve the performance of students on the Standards of Learning. Daily webinars featured Digital Print Plus MS Word Equals Access…a Winning Equation, Who Needs AT in an Early Childhood Classroom?, Accessible Academic Activities – Literacy and AAC and Core Vocabulary. Although the live conference is over, the archived videos are...
Description: Serving students who are nonverbal is a challenge. It is necessary to provide these students with ways to communicate so that they can answer academic questions and participate in the social communication of the schools. Use of core vocabulary can help make this happen.
Description: The VCU Autism Center for Excellence is committed to providing resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Resources consists of items which may be checked out from our extensive Lending Library as well as electronic materials you can download directly from our website. The electronic materials include fact sheets, peer reviewed journal articles, manuals, website links as well as other materials and information that expand the knowledge of ASD and facilitate implementation of...
Description: This section includes a variety of topics- 10 Tips to Support Children’s Science Learning, Observation: The Key to Understanding Your Child, Support Your Child's Learning During the Holidays!, How to Support Children’s Approaches to Learning? Play with Them!, Raising a Thankful Child, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Why This Toy? and Big Jobs at Home. Some of these articles are available in Spanish.
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Description: Parents who speak Spanish may use these products to provide their infants, toddlers, or preschoolers with fun and exciting literacy learning experiences. Practitioners working with parents who speak Spanish may also find these helpful.
Description: In this section, you will find downloadable resources and brochures that highlight common challenging behaviors from birth to three and strategies for responding.
Description: One way to learn more about your young child’s progress is through three “child outcomes” that are measured for every child in the United States who participates in an early intervention or early childhood special education program. These outcomes will help you know how well your child is developing and participating in activities at home, at school, or in the community. In addition to helping you measure your child’s individual progress, these outcomes are also used to...
Description: The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has created an interactive online tool, Five Numbers to Remember About Early Childhood Development, which highlights five numbers that illustrate the importance of early childhood to learning, behavior, and health later in life. A "flip chart" PDF version of this tool is also available for downloading.
Description: 2013 conference presentations and materials are available for download from the conference program.
Description: The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness provides the Head Start community with research-based information, practices, and strategies to ensure optimal academic and social progress for linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families. (National Organization)
Description: The following materials are available for download: Milestone checklists (single ages), Milestone products for a range of ages, Flyers, Condition-specific fact sheets, Other resources and Materials in other languages (Arabic, Korean, Portuguese).
Description: The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute has published seven new Everyday Child Language Tools on the Center on Everyday Child Language Learning (CECLL) website. These tools include the methods and procedures practitioners and parents can use to implement the CECLL model and practices. 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...
Description: This is a tool for creating visual supports. The Different Uses section includes tips sheets on Choice Boards, Circle Time Boards, Labels, Rules, Schedules, Mini Schedules, First/Then Boards, I Want Board, Personal Stories and Token Economy as well as a link to an online workshop on Visual Communication.
Description: These 11 video clips and related learning guides provide an opportunity to enhance and support teacher practice in the area of literacy for students with significant disabilities.
Description: This policy forum from the Center for Early Care and Education Research (CECER-DLL)- Dual Language Learners (DLLs) discusses: Who are these children?, What Circumstances Characterize DLLs?, How to Best Understand the Growing Population, Research Informing Policy and Recommendations.
Description: This extremely practical, accessible book offers a strong, evidence-based approach to promoting engagement in preschoolers. Readers will find detailed, concrete strategies—field tested in more than 30 preschools—to help them. (2008)
Description: CDC has FREE brochures, posters, fact sheets, and more for parents, health care providers, and public health professionals. These include: Hearing Loss Fact Sheet, Decision Guide to Communication Choices, Making a Plan for Your Child as well as Questions You May Want to Ask Your Child's Genetics Team or Medical Professional or Early Interventionists or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctor or Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist (available in English and Spanish). There is also a Communication...
Description: Some of the top researchers in the country offer helpful tips and concepts to help you work with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The tips are based on concepts of learning and development that can be worked into everyday routines. Each tip describes a concept, why the concept is important, and a step-by step description of how to work these simple concepts into everyday routines. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, National...
Description: On this website you will find books that have been adapted using the Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) and the Mayer-Johnson program BoardMaker©. The Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) are typically used by individuals who have difficulty being understood verbally or have severe difficulty with reading and writing.
Description: School readiness and school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language. This series of handouts is designed to provide staff and families with basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. They emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual. These easy-to-read resources highlight important information that every adult...
Description: SMALL STEPS: A Parent-Infant Education Program for Families Raising Children who are Deaf,Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low Vision and DeafBlind...honoring the small steps that promote happy families... FREE services offered through The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
Description: FPG researchers study important issues facing young children and their families, and we use this information to enhance policy and improve practice. We are committed to sharing the information we generate with the public and to supporting professionals’ understanding and use of evidence-based practices. Like other top tier research organizations, our work is published in the most respected journals and publications in our field. What sets us apart is our effort to ensure that parents,...
Description: AbilityPath.org's mission is to build a community that brings together professionals and parents of children with special needs from around the globe to learn, share and strengthen the process of supporting the ongoing healthy development of children and youth with special needs and disabilities. Content features advice, tool kits and other practical day to day living tips so families can learn, laugh and live a more balanced life. The website includes: My Child's Development, Health & Daily...
Description: Communication is an essential part of everyday life and is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Impairment in communication is one of the diagnostic characteristics of ASD. This means that every student identified with an ASD will experience communication difficulties. It is now widely regarded that communication is an essential life skill and should be a primary goal for students with ASD.
Description: Theses resources for working with children with Blindness or Visual Impairment are available from the TTAC Lending Resources from the Kellar Library at George Mason University. No time to come to the library? No problem! Most items can be mailed to your school or home address. To see a list of resources, click on the attachment. (parent, parents) If you are interested in the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment, click the website listed beside "visit."
Description: This site is devoted to providing helpful information, tools, and resources for brain injury survivors, families, friends, and caregivers. Sections include: Learn about TBI, Recommended Books, Discussion Lists, Organizations, For Caregivers, Relearning for Daily Life, Managing Daily Life at Home, Work and Play About Assistive Technology.
Description: NAEYC is the leading membership association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age 8. NAEYC convenes thought leaders, teachers and other practitioners, researchers, and other stakeholders and sets standards of excellence for programs and teachers in early childhood education. NAEYC members include teachers, paraeducators, center directors, trainers, college educators, families of young children, and the public at large.
Description: The WATI website provides the resource manual for Assessing Student's Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNA): the complete version and by individual chapters. The WATI Student Information Guide Process Forms (AT for Seating, Positioning and Mobility, AT for Communication, AT for Computer Access, AT for Motor Aspects of Writing, AT for Composition of Written Material, AT for Reading, AT for Mathematics, AT for Organization, AT for Recreation and Leisure, AT for Blind / Low Vision, AT for Deaf /...
Description: This list was created by a Speech Language Pathologist/Augmentative Communication Consultant/Assistive Technology Consultant. (iPad)
Description: This module focuses on effective practices for developing trusting family-professional partnerships in early care and education programs (including home visiting, early intervention, and other 0-3 settings). CONNECT modules are free and use an evidence-based approach to professional development. They include video clips, activities, and handouts that are designed to be embedded into existing curricula, coursework, and other professional development opportunities.
Description: The Virginia Autism Council has developed a set of skill competencies for professionals and paraprofessionals. This document addresses the following areas: general autism, individualization and support stategies, communication, social skills, behavior and sensory. (Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: A guide for parents and professionals working with children ages 3-8 with disabilities. It provides assistive technology activities to encourage inclusion among all students. A wide range of devices and products promote best practices for home and classroom learning. (2006)
Description: Autism consultant, Susan Stokes, has authored six articles on autism: 1. Assistive Technology for Children with Autism 2. Children with Asperger's Syndrome: Characteristics/Learning Styles and Intervention Strategies 3. Effective Programming for Young Children with Autism (Ages 3-5) 4. Structured Teaching: Strategies for Supporting Students with Autism 5. Increasing Expressive Communication Skills for Verbal Children with Autism and 6. Developing Expressive Communication Skills for Non-Verbal...
Description: ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Overview Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.
Description: This video explains the importance of early language development and establishing a good communication system with your child (hearing impairment).
Description: This guide is designed to assist the mental health consultant in guiding teachers, teams, and families in developing and implementing an individualized plan of support that results in a reduction of challenging behavior and the promotion of communication and social skills.
Description: This resource includes a baby sign language dictionary that includes: General Signs, Action, Animal, Color, and Family Signs, Feelings, Food/Drink, Manners, and Motivational Signs, Objects, and Survival Signs
Description: Challenge Discovery Projects is excited to present the "Sign with Your Child" video series. This series of instructional and informational videos was created to provide a resource for parents and caregivers with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are designed to facilitate and encourage communication and language development within the family. The video series contains lessons on various topics with language that can be easily incorporated into daily life, for example, "Getting...
Description: Assistive Technology Consideration Quick Wheel offers federal definitions of AT devices and services as well as a list of the AT tools to consider in content areas and other resources including books, journals, newsletters and internet sites. Special savings for large orders.
Description: Assistive Technology devices are tools that enable people living with disabilities to lead more independent lives. They can be low-tech, such as a magnifying glass, or high-tech, such as a computerized communication system. This guide provides an overview of what’s available and how to choose the best AT tools for a child. (Article from Family Center on Technology and Disability)
Description: Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, FACELAND, books, and apps for purchase.
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: These lessons on homelessness will give Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal programs information about serving families who are experiencing homelessness. (Head Start, An Office of the Administration for Children and Families Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center, ECLKC)(parent, parents)
Description: Based on the premise that children need a solid foundation of literacy knowledge and skill to succeed, this book for parents and teachers provides a comprehensive introduction to literacy development from infancy through preschool with an emphasis on age-appropriate methods, books, and materials for encouraging emergent literacy. Bibliographies for age-appropriate children's books are listed throughout the book, and each chapter contains references. (1999) (Content)
Description: This collection of research-based articles describes ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. Also included is a list of print and online resources. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: The eight articles in this monograph discuss the importance of planning, establishing literacy-rich environments, and careful attention to adults' roles in supporting children's discovery and learning. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: This book provides parents and caregivers with information and ideas to encourage their child’s development. The book is divided into six categories: cognitive, linguistic, physical, sensory, social, and emotional. An outline of child development is also provided so parents can look at child’s progress in context. (2008) (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book provides teachers with guidance and strategies to handle the challenges of project work, including identifying a topic, organizing the room, developing field trips, encouraging children to represent their learning in a variety of manners, and involving parents while still meeting standards and curriculum requirements. This publication also addresses the needs of second-language learners and children with special needs. (2010) (Content)
Description: Interventions for young children with disabilities are more effective when the adults involved form collaborative partnerships. That’s why consultation—a systematic process to help educators, parents, and early childhood professionals work together to address concerns and identify goals—is so important. This practical handbook equips you with the skills you need to function as an effective consultant to educators and caregivers of children from birth through age 5, leading you...