Resources & FAQs

Learn More about Speech Language Pathology

Websites with Parent Information

Parent Resources

Reading Rockets – Suggestions for age specific activities to encourage speech and language development
https://www.readingrockets.org/article/activities-encourage-speech-and-language-development

Bright by Text – Receive weekly text messages that contain helpful tips, information, and resources geared toward the ages of your children.  
Get more information and sign up for free by visiting www.brightbytext.org or by texting BRIGHT to 274448

On-Screen Activities:

Storyline Online – Videos featuring celebrities reading children’s story books (has AR reading levels for each book).   www.storybookonline.net 

Libby – Provides access to thousands of books from your public library. www.libbyapp.com/welcome

Into the Book – Play games that practice reading strategies. Available in English and Spanish.  www.reading.ecb.org/

Seussville – Read, play educational games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.  www.seussville.com/

Highlights Kids – Read, play educational games, and conduct cool science experiments.  www.highlightskids.com/

 
Non-Screen Activities: 

Start a Nature Journal:  Look out the window or venture outside.  Keep notes of what you hear, smell, and see: birds, flowers, changes in the weather, what else?

Letter of the Day/Week:  Each day or week pick a letter.  Go around your house and find items that begin with that letter.  Older Kids – Practice spelling and using the words in a sentence.  

I Spy:  Playing this fun and simple game with your children can help improve their vocabulary as well as practice asking and answering wh questions.

Books we recommend to learn more about speech & language

  • Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry

  • Spot’s Big Book of Words by Eric Hill

Favorite Books

Gutentor Simple Text

  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

  • Green Wilma by Tedd Arnold

  • Underwear by Mary Elise Monsell

  • Kiss Me I’m Perfect by Robert Munsch

  • Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino

  • If You Give A Pig A Pancake and others by Laura Numeroff

  • Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins

  • The Very Busy Spider | The Very Hungry Caterpillar | Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See | From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

  • No, David | David Goes to School | David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does having frequent ear infections affect my child’s speech/language development?
    It may.  Children who have frequent ear infections may experience times of decreased hearing levels.  Decreased ability to hear can impact a child’s ability to naturally develop their speech and language skills.
  • What do speech/language skills have to do with reading and writing?

    Speech and language abilities, both the ability to understand language and to use language to share with others, are directly tied to reading and writing abilities.  Children with speech difficulties may have trouble sounding out words for reading and writing.  Children with language difficulties may have trouble processing sounds (phonology), understanding and using vocabulary, or creating sentences with correct grammar.

  • What is the difference between speech and language?

    Speech refers to the ability to make sounds and to sequence those sounds to make words, sentences, and conversational speech.  Children with speech difficulties have trouble pronouncing words or producing speech that others can understand.  Also under the speech area are fluency, which involves the ability to produce speech of normal rate and flow, and voice, which refers to the quality, pitch, loudness and resonance of the voice.

    Language refers to the ability to understand things that other say (receptive language) and to use words to communicate with others (expressive language).  Language covers many areas including vocabulary, grammar, and the ability to use language to interact socially.

  • Will my insurance cover speech/language services?

    Insurance plans vary widely in their coverage for speech/language evaluations and therapy.  Some plans only cover services following an injury or for certain medical diagnoses.  It is important that you research what type of coverage your insurance plan offers with regard to speech/language services.  Our patient services staff will be happy to assist you in determining coverage available for your insurance plan.

  • How long will this take?

    The length of time a child or adult is in need of speech language therapy services varies widely by the individual.  Many factors contribute to progress including completion of home recommendations, regular attendance at therapy sessions, patient motivation, and the severity of the speech/language problem.  Testing is completed on scheduled intervals to keep all involved aware of progress.