Importance of Language- Understanding why it is one of the most important areas of human development
*Speech and Language Early Childhood Myths- Make sure you are well informed about speech and language delay.
Child Development Tracker: Ages 1-9 Years - Is your child on target? What to expect at certain ages including language, social & emotional development, literacy, physical development etc.
Autism Spectrum Disorders- National Institute of Health
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Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn Speech Language Therapy
Hyperlexia (Ability to Read at an Precocious Age) and Language Delay- Discusses how some children at an early age are advanced at reading despite having language delays. 
Tongue Tie Does NOT Single-Handedly Cause a Speech Delay- Many professionals, including pediatricians, still believe that a tongue tie causes a speech delay.
Children's Speech Sound Disorders Questions and Answers-  Dr. Caroline Bowen provides information from an evidence-based perspective: phonology (linguistics), motor-planning (apraxia), and dysarthria (significant muscle based weakness).
Learning Disabilities and ADHD- The world's leading website on learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactive disoder
Feeding Problems and Concerns- For babies and toddlers
Treating Autism- Free online book incorporating an evidence based perspective to treat autism
INFORMATION ON CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
ORAL MOTOR
DEVELOPMENTAL APRAXIA OF SPEECH
AUTISM
FEEDING
LEARNING DISABILITIES AND ADHD
CENTRAL AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDERS
INTERNATIONALLY ADOPTED CHILDREN
A controversial topic due to an ambiguous definition of what oral motor means and due to the fact that the majority (85% according to Dr. Gregg Lof's research) of speech therapists do not use an evidence based protocol when diagnosing and/or treating oral motor or speech problems. I have seen many children misdiagnosed and as a result receive ineffective treatment. In essence when working on articulation (speech oral-motor), effective therapy always includes the production or shaping of a sound. Non-speech oral motor exercises which are purported to strengthen muscles and/or improve muscle tone include blowing whistles, sucking straws, and chewing on chewy tubes. It may improve oral muscle/tone but there is NO scientific evidence that it actually improves speech. We use minimal muscle strength to talk. Speech is primarily based on agility (motor planning, think of a ventriloquist) and our brains (cognitive/linguistic). Why do you think other animals can vocalize but can't talk? The difference resides in our brains, not our mouths! An analogy, for example, is performing finger strength exercises to become a better piano player. If your fingers get stronger but you never touch a piano, you will never learn how to play the piano. Speech scientists strongly advise speech therapists to incorporate techniques that help the child produce a targeted sound.
Central Auditory Processing Disorders- Comprehensive evidence-based guide to what you need to know
Autism Screening Toolkit for Professionals- Excellent resource for pediatricians
Social CommunicationFramework for assessment and intervention
Differential Diagnosis of Severe Speech Impairment in Young Children- Evidenced-based perspective in understanding the different types of speech impairments
LITERACY
Autism Video Glossary- Free resource of learning the early signs of autism.
Social Skill DevelopmentWhat is social language (pragmatics)?
SOCIAL SKILLS
LANGUAGE
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
PLAY
LANGUAGE THERAPY SOFTWARE
National Institute for Play- Presents seven patterns of play- as elements of a larger, holistic framework
Science Daily- News and articles on the latest research news
RESEARCH
Trying Anything and Everything for Autism-By Jane Brody, NY TIMES, 1/20/09
Infant Exploration and Autism- UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, signs of autism as early as 12 months
Multiple Intelligences- Harvard professor, Dr. Howard Gardner, of cognition and education.
SPEECH
EXECUTIVE FUNCTION
Language-Based Learning Issues/Disability- Definition, symptoms, diagnoses, and treatment.
SENSORY INTEGRATION
STUTTERING/FLUENCY (also refered to as a stammer)
Gestures and Play in Early Language Development- How gestures facilitate language
*Word Finding Difficulties in School Age Children- Characteristics, Error patterns, Assessment, and Treatment
HEARING
Information on Hearing- Including information on screening and testing babies and young children
Cochlear Implants-Questions and answers
MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories- A list of words that infants and toddlers speak and understand in Spanish and English

Old Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills- National Public Radio (NPR)

The Power of Talk- Connecting the importance of speaking to young children and the link to the child's future academic success. Highlights Dr. Todd Risley's seminal work
AR- Materials, aids, and AAC devices to enhance communication and language including literacy and behavior modification
AUGMENTATIVE AND SIGN LANGUAGE
Articles on Baby Sign Language- Lora Heller's website
Does Oral-Motor Therapy Really Work? by Isaa Marrs, Speech Language Pathologist

LenaBaby Newsroom- Every word counts. Articles on the importance of language.

VYGOTSKY
Child Speech Disorders (American Speech Hearing Association): Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Articulation and Phonological, Stuttering, and Voice.