Speech and Language Resources
Adoptive Families articles
- Talk to Me!
If your child isn't chattering away, he's not alone—speech and language difficulties occur in about 10 percent of kids. The good news is that early recognition and intervention can make a big difference.
- Learning to Listen
A child who has trouble with speech and language may actually be overwhelmed by sound. Auditory training, though controversial, may help.
- Clearing Hurdles to Learning
For children with learning disabilities, early intervention can make the difference
- Vision and Hearing Testing
It makes sense to have your child's vision and hearing screened as soon as you come home.
- Hearing and Vision Screenings for Newborns
Advice from AF's adoption medicine expert.
- Special Report: Your Child's Speech and Language
Language is the gateway to learning. Here’s what you need to know to foster speech and language skills, and to get help when you suspect trouble.
- A Labor to Listen
If the sounds of the world are too much for your child, he may have an auditory processing problem. Learn how to figure it out and find help.
- From Their Mouths to Our Ears
It's never too early to assess our children's speech and language development -- and to seek support if needed.
Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn't Talking Yet
Agin, Geng and Nicholl present clearly defined language milestones
through narrative sections accompanied by well-designed charts. An
overview of speech disorders focuses particularly on those in which
language acquisition and/or speech sound production are affected.
The authors of this essential volume walk parents through all the
steps, from finding the right doctor, therapist and method of therapy
to dealing with schools and insurance companies, to understanding
fears, both their child's and their own. A careful, thorough and realistic
book, this will be a great resource for any parent dealing with these
- When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling
the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder
Dr. Teri James Bellis is an audiologist who herself developed APD
following an automobile accident, so she clearly knows APD from the
inside out. When the Brain Can’t Hear pretty much covers the map on
APD, using a case study approach to elucidate the problem. She explains
how the diagnosis is made, treatments, approaches to living with APD,
and how to negotiate the education and healthcare systems. This book
is not for the easily distracted reader. It is exhaustive in its scope
and detail, and makes for an excellent reference volume, but is not
really recommended for leisure reading.
- Like Sound Through Water: A Mother's
Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder
This first- person account is an exhaustively detailed book. If you
have been through a similar journey with your child, you’ll recognize
more than a few of Foli’s feelings and experiences. In the last chapter,
Foli describes different kinds of APD and discusses the cardinal symptoms
that should prompt a parent to have a child evaluated. These, along
with lists of resources and recommended reading, are the most valuable
parts of the book.
Speech, Language & Listening Problems
Patricia Hamaguchi is a speech-language pathologist who has been
helping children overcome speaking and listening-related problems
for more than twenty years. She has revised her popular guide, which
now contains even more information on, among other topics: how to
distinguish between a problem that will probably be outgrown, from
one that requires outside help; how to get help, what tests are likely
to be done and how to understand the diagnosis; activities parents
can do with their children at home to help them progress. Parents
swear by this book, with many loyal readers of the first edition buying
the second as well.
New Language of Toys, Revised edition
The New Language Of Toys is a how-to guide for parents, teachers,
and care-givers about using everyday toys (both store-bought and home-made)
to develop communication skills in children with disabilities and
making playtime a fun, exciting and educational experience. The authors
provide helpful milestone charts for the distinct developmental components
of language, motor and cognitive skills. This is "must" reading for
anyone with an interest in stimulating language skills in children
with special needs.
My Child Have a Speech Problem?
Certified speech-language pathologist Martin has written an excellent
book for parents concerned about their children's speech and language
development. The book provides answers to the 50 most common questions
about children's speech and includes strategies for parents as well
as answers to each question. The text's six parts address stuttering
and fluency issues, articulation issues, listening and auditory processing
skills, and issues of the voice. A list of resources for parents and
a thorough index make this an invaluable tool. Martin's writing style
is clear and engaging, making this slim volume a quick, easy read.
Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A Parent's Complete Guide to Language
The first five
years of a child's life are the most critical for speech and language
development, with parents as the primary language role models. Masterson
and Apel have compiled some of the best ways to help your child develop
the all-important skill of communication. In this fun, easy, and engaging
book you'll discover all of the essential steps and checkpoints from
birth through age five, tips to help your child progress on schedule,
and easy methods to: evaluate and monitor your child's language development;
understand and deal with environmental impacts such as television and
cultural styles; recognize the signs of language development problems;
Websites and Organizations
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA’s Web site provides an abundance of articles, speech and language fact sheets, and language milestones. It also includes a national directory of audiologists and speech-language pathologists.
- Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
This professional society’s Web site provides fact sheets and other resources.
- Children's Speech and Communication
Visit for articles and resources on speech and language problems, helpful techniques, and developmental milestones.
- Speechville Express
This easy-to-navigate website is a good starting point. It offers clear answers to common questions, regional resources and message boards.
- Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children
This site addresses internationally adopted children, and the impact of orphanage care on language development.
- Speech Delay.com
A website compiled by a speech therapist, with articles, tips and a discussion forum for parents and families.
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
This website offers general information on a variety of voice, speech and language disorders. All of the information is also available, free of charge, in print format.