This is a continuation of the book suggestion series. This list includes my recommendations for parents of children with speech and language disorders.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defines speech and language disorders as follows: “When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she has a speech disorder. Difficulties pronouncing sounds, or articulation disorders, and stuttering are examples of speech disorders.
When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder. A stroke can result in aphasia, or a language disorder.”
Since you are your child’s first teacher, and also the person who spends the most amount of time with your child, it’s recommended that you become aware of your child’s speech and language development and to point out warning signs of a possible delay to a pediatrician. The books I suggest below are among the best books in the field.
4 Book Recommendations for Parents of Children with Speech and Language Difficulties:
- Childhood Speech, Language & Listening Problems by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi
- My Toddler Talks: Strategies and Activities to Promote Your Child’s Language Development by Kimberly Scanlon (even if aimed at a toddler, some children with severe speech/ language delays can benefit from this book)
- It Takes Two to Talk: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Language Delays by Jan Pepper and Elaine Weitzman
- How to Talk So Kids Can Learn: At Home and in School by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish (not specific to a child with special needs and/ or speech/ language delays, but it’s a great book that teaches about communication with all children)
What books would you add to the list?
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