early intervention- birth to age 5
The Hanen Centre
not for profit organization based in Canada focused on empowering parents to build speech-language skills with fantastic ideas, resources, and articles about early communication skills.
Early Childhood Milestones- CDC
great resource for developmental milestones in all areas of development: social-emotional; language-communication; cognitive; and movement-physical development as well as parent-friendly suggestions for how to strengthen these skills at each age (birth- 5 years) and when you should contact your doctor if you have concerns.
ASHA Communicating with Baby
new toolkit with parent-friendly handouts by ASHA with tips and milestones for communication by age (birth-5 years).
a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care.
Tennessee Early Intervention System
voluntary educational program for families with children birth through age two with disabilities or developmental delays.
Kid Central TN
First Words Project
a resource to guide early language development including early gesture development, growth charts, and a screening tool.
Child Mind Institute
a wealth of information listed by areas of concern (i.e. speech and language, media and technology, and behavior problems) and disorders as well as a blog and an ask an expert area.
tools to maximize child development including great milestone information, games and videos by occupational, physical, and speech therapists, and fun activities to do at home.
specific populations with speech-language needs
National Stuttering Association
a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing hope and empowerment to children and adults who stutter, their families, and professionals, through support, education, advocacy, and research. Find information about the local Knoxville chapter here – there is a chapter for adults and children and their families (ages 7-17).
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association
My Autism Team
The Autism Society of East Tennessee
Autism Site Knoxville (ASK)
Autism Speaks: 100 Day Toolkit
Profectum Free Parent Toolbox
parent resource to help you engage and interact with your child with autism- includes 37 online webcasts, 25+ hours of viewing, 150 video examples, and a companion workbook which were developed by the Profectum Foundation and edited and animated by Exceptional Minds, a nonprofit vocational school and working studio for young adults on the autism spectrum with hands-on training and career preparedness in the digital arts fields.
additional resources for parents of children with special needs
STEP- Support and Training for Exceptional Parents
a Tennessee organization whose mission is to empower parents through information, training and support to become effective partners with professionals in planning appropriate educational programs for their children.
American Speech-Language Hearing Association
recommended websites & blogs
Mommy Speech Therapy
great resource for speech & language
blog for parents of children with special needs written by an SLP
Teach Me To Talk
fantastic resource for parents of children birth-3 years
Let’s Play: the speech and language way
lots of specific activity ideas for building speech and language during play
Speech and Language At Home
free download of monthly calendars with daily language activities when you sign up for her email list
Tots on Target
A community of parents, teachers, and pediatric professionals joining together to discuss relevant topics and learn from each other in order to help all children reach their milestones.