Parents' Corner

Painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir of Gabrielle Renard and infant son, Jean  
Painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir of Gabrielle Renard and infant son, Jean

RESOURCES Video from Chatterbox Books: Parent speaks on learning about her child's speech/language delay Have you shared your concerns and feelings with family members, friends, and/or your family physician, and been told "GIVE IT TIME" "JUST WAIT AND SEE" "THEY'RE TOO YOUNG TO BE CONCERNED" If you have questions about your child's development or know someone who does, please review and share this informational video! Our goal is to spread this educational/inspirational video out into the hands of parents, therapists, doctors, and educators as we believe people should NEVER follow the advice "just wait and see/give it time". A consultation/evaluation with a speech pathologist will give parents the answers they are looking for. It might be fine to wait, however, hearing that advice from a speech pathologist certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association is the best way to know for sure!! Please take 10 minutes to view our video and then share it with ALL those you know! Here is the link yo the video: Teri Kaminski Peterson, M.S. CCC/SLP Author, The Big Book of Exclamations President, Chatterbox Books, Inc. 16098 Miles Circle Brainerd, MN 56401 Phone: 218-838-5352 Teri@thebigbookofexclamations l

The Science of Early Childhood Development Youtube description: This video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University ( features Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School addressing basic concepts of early childhood development, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, which help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years.


MEDICARE FAQs re: Speech Services:

Web MD Daily/Video: Might your child have difficulty processing sound? Web MD article on

Speech and Language Development - Common Concerns

Elizabeth's Children's Books Blog By Elizabeth Kennedy, Guide to Children's Books since 2000. "Children's books have played a prominent role in Elizabeth Kennedy's career in PreK-12 education. As a journalist, Elizabeth Kennedy has reviewed and written about children's literature for more than eight years." She "has an extensive background in education, having worked as an early childhood educator, elementary school teacher, museum educator, and PreK-12 arts-in-education program director over the past thirty-five years".

The Talking Child™ website offers links to other websites with resources for parents and "offers products for speech development and early language. We teach speech and language concepts. Our Baby Babble™ video was developed by speech pathologists and includes a free parent tutorial. Our other products are hand-picked and used with every-day clients to boost speech and language."

Mayo Clinic Speech and language development milestones: Birth to 24 months Mayo Clinic Toddler speech development: When should a parent be concerned? Mayo Clinic's Preschool milestones: 2-5 years Mayo Clinic's Children's Health Center "Information to help you manage children's health, understand child development and explore parenting issues." Mayo Clinic's Child Development Quiz: Preschool milestones See 

MOMS UNITED HEALTH CARE GRANTS FOR FAMILIES United Health Care proposes to provide financial aid to children who have medical needs are sometimes not insured comprehensively to provide coverage for all of their medical treatments. There are few places for families who have gaps in their commercial health benefit plan coverage to turn to for funding medically necessary services for their children. Children may go without necessary treatment, or, they receive the care and families assume a large amount of debt. The Foundation understands these needs and is willing to help fill this void.

FIRST SIGNS "First Signs" Mission is dedicated to the early identification and intervention of children with developmental delays and disorders. The site provides a wealth of vital resources, covering a range of issues: from healthy development, to concerns about a child; from the screening and referral process, to treatments for autism spectrum disorders. We invite you to explore our site in your search for answers. TALKING WITH TODDLERS This website is for parents of children who are experiencing a delay in the development of expressive language. It is also a forum for discussing experiences and sharing strategies. Please feel free to contribute what you've learned about how to help toddlers to use more language. Rick McKinnon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a linguist and speech-language pathologist working and teaching in Olympia, Washington.


ASHA “Find a Professional Near You” site ASHA “About Health Insurance” ASHA “Speech, Language & Swallowing” Explains what’s normal and responds to concerns about child and adult speech, language and swallowing disorders. ASHA guidelines for why employers, insurers and labor unions should add speech, language, and hearing benefits to their employee policies. What is ASHA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association? ASHA’s webpage explaining ASHA activities.

BOOKS FOR PARENTS LD ONLINE Advertised as “the worlds leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD”) Inlcude links to top subjects, articles, resources and products for parents relative to LD and ADHD)

PACER CORNER Advertised as “Champions for Children with Disabilities”, The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

KIDSHEALTH Advertised as “…the largest and most-visited site on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, the award-winning KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use. KidsHealth has been on the Web since 1995 — and has been accessed by about half a billion visitors. On a typical weekday, more than 500,000 visitors access KidsHealth's reliable information. KidsHealth has separate areas for kids, teens, and parents — each with its own design, age-appropriate content, and tone. There are literally thousands of in-depth features, articles, animations, games, and resources — all original and all developed by experts in the health of children and teens.”

PBS WEBSITE FOR PARENTS that provides useful information on Child Development, Children and Media, Creativity, Early Math, Going to School, Raising Boys, Reading and Language, Talking with Kids, Birthday Parties, etc. American Library Association listing of “Great Websites for Kids”

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SUPPORT ON DISABILITY ISSUES (NCSD) NCSD’s Mission is to help advance public attitudes, awareness, respect, consideration and advance the success of people with all types of disabilities. Provide a means for sharing information, resources, ideas and support between people with all types of disabilities. The Councils’s goals are to: • Encourage and support people with disabilities to reach economic independence through opportunities in education, information and employment. • Provide information on current legislative issues that affect civil rights, accessibility and the safety of people with disabilities. • Encourage voting for whatever candidate supports their own interests. • Advance the attitudes, consideration, respect and awareness of the general public toward people with all disabilities, by demonstrating their abilities, talents, skills and capability. • Increase self-esteem and strive for perfection in their own manner within their disability. • Increase enjoyment of life through sports, recreation and social interaction. MEDTV Health Information. This site provides descriptions of autism spectrum disorders.


PARENTS MAGAZINE Decades old Mainstream magazine for parents with focus on family resources education, parenting and blog.

PARENTS CONNECT “Welcome to ParentsConnect, a parenting Web site by the same folks who bring you Noggin, Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Nick@Nite and The N. [We provide] daily tips, activities, product recommendations and expert (but non-judgmental!) parenting info. We also want you to share your parenting expertise by submitting your own tips, crafts, recipes, photos, war stories, comments and ratings to our site.

GREAT SCHOOLS This website won a 2007 “Webby Award” and this particular webpage on their site provides useful information on Special Education Law, who is covered, how to obtain services, IEPS, etc. GreatSchools Articles en español: VIDEOS (We are looking for more videos to share that would interest both parents and speech pathologists--share any you would like by adding comment). THE FACE OF AUTISM This one was made by parents of their son who say: "Here's the story -- well, the first five years -- in the life of Quinn: a wonderful, exuberant, mostly non-verbal boy with autism. You can see how the signs appeared over time, even before his diagnosis was made at 21 months."

THE BOY WITH THE INCREDIBLE BRAIN: SAVANT AUTISM CLIP 1 Clips from British Documentary on Autism.