Resources for speech and language

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This page contains a list of resources available for parents to help their children improve their speech and language. Books, games, web sites and other resources are listed.

Key points

  • Resources available to help your child improve their speech and language include reading and activity books, various organizations, and websites.

There are many resources available to help you and your child develop their speech and language skills, including books, activity books, organizations and websites.

Interactive reading

Books are For Talking, Too! Third edition

Gebers, J. Austin, TX. Pro-ed: 2003.
ISBN: 0890799024

Figurative language

It Figures: Fun Figures of Speech

Terban, M. & Maestro, G., Boston, MA: Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993
ISBN: 0395665914

Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms

Terban, M, New York, NY: Scholastic Reference, Scholastic: 1998
ISBN: 0590381571

Language workbooks

Let’s Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Part of the Let's Get Ready Series of workbooks
Deismowich, L., Kannenberg, S., Babel-worth, Fredonia, WI, J. Cedar Valley Publication: 2006
ISBN: 1933476001

Organizations and Websites

The Hanen Centre

The mission of the Hanen Centre is to provide the important people in a young child's life with the knowledge and training they need to help the child develop the best possible language, social, and literacy skills. They create programmes, train speech-language pathologists, develop learning materials and conduct research. Some resource materials are available in French, Spanish, and Dutch.

Linguisystems, Inc. or 1-800-776-4332

The Linguisystems catalogue contains games and other materials for developing all aspects of language.

Learning Horizons

Learning Horizons is a company that offers a range of workbooks and other interactive teaching materials for families and teachers. They are widely available in bookstores.

Books for parents, teachers, and children

It Takes Two to Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays. Third Edition

by Jan Pepper and Elaine Weitzman
Publisher: Hanen Centre, Toronto, ON. (2004)
Section 1.01
ISBN: 0921145195
This handbook is part of a comprehensive family-focused programme that also includes videotapes and may be ordered directly from the Hanen Centre at the web address given above.

Learning, Language, and Loving It: A Guide to Promoting Children’s Social, Language, and Literacy Development in Early Childhood Settings. Second Edition

by E. Weitzman and J. Greenberg
Publisher: Hanen Centre, Toronto, ON, (2002)
ISBN: 0921145187
This guidebook is part of a programme that includes posters and instructional videotapes. All materials may be ordered directly from the Hanen Centre at the web address given above.

The Speech and Language Classroom Intervention Manual

by Jacquelyn S. Hagan, Steven B. MacDonald, and Jacqueline Meyers
Publisher: Hawthorne Educational Services (1990)
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Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know

by P.M. Hamaguchi
Publisher: John Wiley & Son, Mississauga, ON. (1995)
ISBN: 0471034134
The book contains information regarding normal language development, warning signs, and how to make sense of what professionals tell you.

Last updated: October 31st 2009