Voice It Out: Children’s Books for Speech Development
A child needs to develop skills in speech and language in order to communicate with others. He should be able to express his thoughts and feelings through talking, comprehend what others mean through adequate understanding, and analyze situations through proper information processing.
Usually, speech disorders are manifested by a child’s difficulty in speaking words clearly, fluently and in good voice quality. These are some of the speech, talking and communication problems which a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) can help with—even including cases of autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental delays.
SLPs can help children with their cognitive development and eventually, social relationships too. They can deliver therapies and trainings targeting skills in articulation, different kinds of language (such as expressive, receptive, and pragmatic), and can also aid in solving practical issues (such as stuttering, and even swallowing and feeding). They can also do workshops especially for parents who are effective partners in a child’s therapy process.
There are a number of children’s books for speech development that can help parents understand this matter further. You can also find speech therapy books online that are free to download. So there’s no way you can’t access at least one! Here is an SLP book list for you to check out:
1. Does My Child Have a Speech Problem? By Katherine Martin
2. The New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children With Special Needs: A Guide for Parents and Teachers By Joan E. Heller Miller and Sue Schwwarts
3. The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn’t Talking Yet By Marilyn Agin, Lisa Geng, And Malcolm Nicholl
4. Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences. A Parent’s Complete Guide to Language Development By Julie J. Masterson PhD, Kenn Apel PhD, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
5. Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know By Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi
Speech Training Books by Pamela Duncan Edwards
- Some Smug Slug
- Rosie’s Roses
- Clara Caterpillar
It is crucial to have this kind of literature documented to help children adapt and survive in the world he lives in. He should be effective in the process of communication so as to interact with the different kinds of people and encounter—fully-equipped—certain life situations and experiences.