Hands down this is one of the best blogs for parents on early speech and language development. There are plenty of resources for SLPs as well. Katie is an SLP and mommy who loves to share information on early speech and language skills as well as intervention strategies to expand children’s communication. You can read more on what her blog is about here on the “about” page.
Play on Words is a great site if you’re looking for good reviews of toys, games, and books that build language in kids. I especially like her book picks broken down by age. Sherry focuses on how to build language through play and gives out PAL (Play Advances Language) Awards to toys and games that do just that!
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a conference by Laura Mize a couple of years ago. It ended up being one of the best, most practical lectures on early childhood I’d ever heard. She has books and DVDs that are available for purchase but also has lots of tips and information on her site. She even does a “Therapy Tip of the Week” which usually includes a video clip. Highly recommend!
Now for some fun apps that I love to use with my preschoolers! For this list I’m going to try and stick with apps that are free or under $5, so it won’t break the bank if you wanted to purchase them yourself. 🙂
- LEGO Duplo ~ Free!
- Touch & Say ~ Free!
- Ocean Adventures ~ $2.99
- Eek & Slow ~ Free!
This one definitely wins the cutest app award in my book! I love it! It’s awesome for print awareness and emergent literacy skills. Grover is hilarious and tries to tie down pages and build walls to keep you from turning the pages. It’s very interactive!