Early Intervention

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Evidenced-based and anecdotal resources

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Early Intervention refers to the services provided for children at birth to 3 years of age when the child exhibits deficits in the areas of hearing, language development, play and socialization skills, and oral motor and feeding development. These children may or may not have birth defects or health issues related to deficits warranting SLP or other early intervention services.

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Tools for Parents

Tools for Therapists

iPad apps

1. I Hear Ewe (Free)

2. Peekaboo Kids (Free)

3. Early Words with Splingo ($2.99)

4. Baby Tap App (Free)

5. Doodle Buddy (Free)

6. Toddler Jukebox (Free)

7. Baby Beats (Free)

8. Tali Train (Free)

9. Peekaboo Barn

10. Road Trip

List Adapted from SpeechInspired.com (2012)

children’s books

100+ Children’s Books for Speech-Language Development


A good baby book – or any book, for that matter – is not always easy to choose and depends on the child’s knowledge and experience of the world. Reading to a child is always important, and especially so for children who have deficits in the various areas of early intervention. I love to choose books that are culturally conversational or at least offer the child a view of a character that looks like him or her. I choose books that allow me to be very repetitive, whether with the same word or item, or that I can use my own ad-lib (i.e. NOT NICE!) I tend to avoid books that don’t give any human representation, even if the “humanly” character is an animal or a monster. Colors are always important. For a child this age, wordiness (especially big words that are hard to imitate!) is not necessary or helpful. A book that can attach itself to a diverse set of goals, is sturdy, and has more pictures than words is a GOOD early intervention book.


Early intervention books

Mary Sheridan’s From Birth to Five Years: Children’s Developmental Progress: Children’s Developmental Progress

Late Talkers: Language Development, Interventions, and Outcomes (CLI)

Nobody Ever Told Me (or my Mother) That!: Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development

The Early Intervention Workbook: Essential Practices for Quality Services

Autism Intervention Every Day!: Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families

The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook

Routines Based Early Intervention Guidebook


Pediatric Feeding in Early Intervention


Happy Mealtime Happy Kids, Infant Feeding Skills, and Acid Reflux in Pediatric Feeding with THERAPY PLAYGROUND

So you want to be a pediatric feeding specialist – Swallow Your Pride 143


Zero to Three

EI on the Fly

Strength in Words

The Working Therapist

One Together Early Intervention

The Untethered Podcast with Hallie Bulkin


Behavior – The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development


Gymboree GymboBUZZ

Early Intervention Strategies for Success

What Does Play-Based Speech Therapy Look Like?

Sublime Speech


Busy Bee Speech

Autism Resources and Community

Play on Words

The Speech Guy

Super Power Speech

Mommy Speech Therapy

List from Therapy Source Staffing Solutions

3 Surprising Tips for Early Intervention and Feeding: The Coaching Model

Smart Speech Therapy: Early Intervention Assessments (See previous posts)

Oral Motor Functioning – Amy Speech Therapy

Understanding Your Child’s Reflexes



First Signs


The Chicago Feeding Group

for Therapists


PLS-5 is standardized for testing receptive and expressive language in children from ages birth through 7:11. Provides both norm-referenced and criterion referenced scores.

Rosetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale is standardized for testing preverbal and non-verbal language for birth to 3 age group. It provides criterion referenced scores.

REEL-3 (Receptive-Expressive Emergent Language Test) is standardized for identification of receptive and expressive language deficits in the birth to 3 age group. Based on caregiver interview. Provides norm-referenced standard scores. New Edition Available (2020).

LUI (Language Use Inventory) is standardized for evaluation of spoken language in a wide range of settings for various skills in children 18-47 months. Scores are norm-referenced.

DAYC-2 (Developmental Assessment of Young Children) is standardized for measurement of five developmental areas (cognition, communication, adaptive behavior, social-emotional behavior, and physical development) for children birth to 5 years old. Scores are norm-referenced.

Pediatric feeding

Feeding Evaluation Questionnaire

FEED THE PEDS – Pediatric Feeding Screening and and Swallow Training



Responsive Feeding: Together at the Table Presenters: Karen Dilfer, MS, OTR/L; Stephanie Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC

Improving Pediatric Feeding Assessment Skills Five Part Series Presenter: Jennifer Dahms, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing Education (PFASE)

Get Permission Approach by Marsha Dunn Klein

Pesi – Complex Feeding Problems by Ms. Hunt, OT

CAN-EAT Approach

My Munch Bug – Melanie Potock


The AUDacity of Listening: Early Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss Presenter: K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT



Disclaimer: I do not receive any monetary or other reward for sharing any material from any source on my platform. All sources are from credible educational or therapy-specific sites, which I may have or may not have used in the past. Only the areas in which I have initialed are to be considered my own ideas or advice. Being that the resource page is a collection of ideas from different clinicians, you may encounter ideas that differ from one another. Any use of any materials or resource from this page or links attached, is at your own free will.