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Speech & Language Development

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Learn the Signs: Information for Early Childhood Educators [web resource]

learnthesigns279From birth to 5 years, children should reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act and move.

As an early childhood educator, you are a valuable resource to parents! CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” (LTSAE) has free research-based, parent-friendly resources on child development to help you boost family engagement and your own professional development. Read more ›

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Dyslexia Fact Sheet [downloadable]

What is dyslexia? This one-page fact sheet from Understood.org provides essential information about what dyslexia is and is not and how to help kids with dyslexia. Read more ›

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Developmental Milestones Checklists for Infants and Young Children [downloadable]

devmilestones210Developmental milestones are behaviors and skills that most children demonstrate at a given age. It’s important to note that all children develop differently. Milestone checklists provide examples of typical development progress at that age. Read more ›

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AAP Early Literacy Toolkit — Professional Resources [web resource] [downloadable]

The Books Build Connections Toolkit provides useful resources to form positive attitudes about and develop good practices for sharing books and receptive and expressive language development by introducing a variety of strategies and tools to support early development, strong parent–child relationships, and future school success. Read more ›

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Early Learning: Resources for Parents [downloadable]

reading198Learning begins in the womb. And, from the moment they are born, children begin interacting with the world around them and building critical skills. What they learn in their first few years of life—and how they learn it—can have long-lasting effects on their health and on their later success in school and in work.

Early learning refers to the skills and concepts that children develop before they reach kindergarten. It is a crucial part of development and can set patterns for both school and adult learning. Read more ›

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Your Child — Parenting Guides and Resources [web resource]

YourChildResource197Is your baby meeting the typical developmental milestones?  Do you have questions about your preschooler’s behavior and development?  What should you do if your child is being bullied or teased?  What discipline strategies are most effective with teens?

The Your Child online library, a resource provided by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan Medical School, addresses these issues and many more. Read more ›

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Dyslexia and Reading Problems

dyslexia185Dyslexia is a complex language problem. It involves not being able to break down a word into the sounds that make it up, as well as not being able to think or write about the sounds in a word. Research from the National Institutes of Health has shown that dyslexia affects 5–10 percent of the U.S. population, with estimates as high as 17 percent.

What are the warning signs that your child may have a reading problem? Read more ›

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How Much Do You Know About Speech and Language Development?

younggirl119How many words does a typical 18-month-old child speak?  Does speaking more than one language to a child confuse her or delay language development?  Test your knowledge about speech and language development in young children with this 10-question quiz developed by CHC’s speech and language pathology (SLP) team. Read more ›

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Best Practices Across Borders

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Written by Shirit Megiddo, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

On March 19, CHC had the pleasure of hosting Physical Therapist Su Lin Ng and Speech-Language Pathologist Christine Bosch of Therapy Focus, a non-profit organization in Western Australia. As we compared best practice models used in the Bay Area/U.S. and Australia, two of the hot topics discussed were raising children bilingually and the inclusion model of therapy. Read more ›

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The Brain-Changing Power of Conversation

wheels and gears brain85For parents, childcare providers, and early educators, new research describes a simple and powerful way to build children’s brains: talk with them, early and often. Read more ›

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