Development Charts and Helpful Links

*Development Charts
*Speech Resources for Parents
*Free Educational Activities
*Handy Speech & Language Information
*Sign Language Information

 

Development Charts
Speech Development Chart
Vocabulary Development Chart
Feeding Development Continuum
Baby Feeding Schedule
Clear Speech (Intellibility) Development Chart

 

Speech and Language Websites for Parents
Want a list of children's books that focus on specific sounds? These books are wonderful for encouraging your child to practice a target sound repeatedly while reading a book.
Want a list of children's books that focus on vocabulary and language? These books are wonderful for practicing specific language concepts.
Easy, Simple, & Fun Crafts that can be used for speech and language goals.
Toys We Recommend and ideas for how they can be used to work on speech and language goals.
Carol's Page of Online Speech and Language Activities Offers games and websites by category.
  Speech and Language Resource Guide A quick access guide for families and SLPs covering categories such as voice, language disorders, cleft palate, articulation, apraxia, and more.
  Primary School-Aged Games A nice assortment of online games separated by categories such as math, language, social studies and science.
  Sound and Articulation Practice Games that work on specific target sounds.
  National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities A central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA; and No Child Left Behind.
  Pacer Center The Pacer Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
  Parent Pals A Special Education Guide where parents and professionals share information and offer support.

 

Free Educational Activities
Crafts for Ages 1+ Using structured activities such as crafts are a great way to work on speech and language.
Games for Ages 1+ Using structured activities such as online games are a great way to work on speech and language.
Alphabet Letter Activities and Crafts   Alphabet letter activities and crafts for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary.   Visit a theme below for lesson plans that include activities with easy instructions, printable crafts, printable materials in color, suggested children's literature and related online early childhood resources.
Free Handwriting Worksheets and Printables   Alphabet handwriting worksheets for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary.   Visit a theme below for lesson plans that include activities with easy instructions, printable worksheets, printable materials in color, suggested children's literature and related online early childhood resources.

 

Handy Information
  Where Do I Start?  A list of recommended books for parents.
  Developmental Vocab Chart  A chart of typical expressive and receptive progression for children ranging from 2 months to 6 years of age.
Developmental Speech Chart  A chart of typical sound progression for children ranging birth to 8 years of age.
  10 Talking Tips for Toddlers   An article written by Amy and Cory that gives real-life suggestions to parents on how they can focus on speech and language at home during everyday interactions with their child.

 

Sign Language Information
Why teach sign language? Sign language helps stimulate speech and language in young children.
Sign Language Products Products we recommend for teaching your child beginning sign language.

 

Stage Descriptions

Stage Description
Stage 1 Child makes little or no speech sounds.
Stage 2 Child is beginning to babble and make some sounds.
Stage 3 Child babbles and says up to 20 words.
Stage 4 Child babbles and says up to 50 words.
Stage 5 Child uses around 100 words and is beginning to use 2-word combinations.
Stage 6 Child uses around 300 words and is using 2-3 word combinations.
Stage 7 Child uses 500+ words and says 4+ word combinations.
Stage 8 Child communicates well using sentences. Child could benefit from activities that focus on listening comprehension and verbal expression.