Early Intervention Resources

Play is the highest form of research.
— Albert Einstein

As your young child prepares  for the elementary school years, the following early intervention resources are available as supports to help you and your child prosper:

 

Cognitive Supports:

 1 Plus 1 Plus 1 Equals 1: This site offers many free and paid resources starting with toddlers and moving into pre-schoolers and beyond. The site's creator is most comfortable posting and sharing about Early Child Resources. The Pre-School Printables and Pre-School Packs are our favorite printable activities for preschoolers.

National Geographic Little Kids: We know about Nat Geo as adults and for elementary learners, and now we have Little Kids to get your pre-schooler excited about the wonderful world of animals in a playful way!

Reading Rockets: This site brings together research-based strategies to educate parents, teachers, administrators, and others working with children the resources necessary to become a strong, confident reader. Author interviews, booklists, early literacy activities, reading topics A-Z... we can't get enough! 

Read Kiddo Read: This website, created by James Patterson, includes book recommendations by age group, books for boys, great page turners, interviews with authors, a "first lines" quiz, 12 tried-and-true ways to get kids reading, and more.

Sesame Street: Sign up for a free account to access engaging games, videos, art, and more!

Super Simple Learning: Browse by song, series, topic, or type- this site has so many free videos teaching simple learning skills. Examples include colors, counting, emotions, right/left, opposites, phonics, holidays, and animals.

The Measured Mom: Created by a former math teacher, this site shares articles, hands-on lessons, and hundreds of free printables, this site covers nearly all subject areas for young children. 

 

Communication Supports:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: (ASHA) This site provides information for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, students, and faculty. ASHA publications include respected journals and more for members. If you work with a certified speech/language professional they likely follow this site and its publications. 

Augmentive/Alternative Communication Intervention: The tips offered on this site are very helpful. We love the "Anatomy of a Conversation" printable guide and Caroline's Tips.

Linda Burkhart: This woman knows her stuff! We've linked you to her printable "Key Concepts for Using Augmentative Communication with Children who have Complex Communication Needs." This resources is helpful for parents and teachers as a thorough starting point. 

Mommy Speech Therapy: This site, created by a licensed speech pathologist, offers free downloads and inspiration to support articulation. The homepage offers category links to apps, assistive technology, language delay, early childhood development, and others. 

 

Social Supports:

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning: (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age five. Some subjects include: biting, teaching emotions, cooperating with requests, being independent with daily routines, self-confidence, and more. We like the "Family Tools" best. 

Challenging BehaviorNational Center for Pyramid Model Innovations: This site provides Teaching Tools for Young Children with Challenging Behavior. We like the family engagement section that offers implementation guides to download. 

Linda Burkhart: This site offers suggestions for increasing interaction and enhancing cognitive skills in young children. We've linked you directly to her ideas. 

PBS KidsDaniel Tiger's Neighborhood has videos that help children learn strategies for healthy social-emotional development through songs and scenarios that children can relate to easily.

Power of Play: Brought to us by the Boston Children's Museum, the Power of Play provides us with vital information about about how play enhances cognitive development. We love that the site highlights "developmental milestones" for us and shares current research from the museum.

Spectronics: This site offers products for purchase to adapt learning for various needs. There is also a blog supporting the site that shares information on topics of interest including: reading and writing difficulties, communication impairments, physical and intellectual disabilities, early childhood education, and others. 

The Office of Child Development: The "You and Your Child" parenting guide series includes information and advice on 50 topics. Some topics include: aggression, anger, following directions, sharing, rules and limits, toilet training, and more.

 

Motor Supports:

Dressing:  This site gives a simple overview of developmentally appropriate dressing stages for ages 1-6 years. 

OT Mom: Created by a mother with a background in Occupational Therapy, this site offers many activities to do at home. We like the visual-motor activities for toddlers and pre-schoolers!

Pocketful of Preschool: This site offers free printables and ideas for centers and stations. More can be purchased on her TPT store. 

Scissor Skills Practice: By holiday or season, these free printables will make practicing with scissors enjoyable!

Sensational Brain: This site offers a few free resources including sensory symptoms and classroom checklists as well as paid resources to develop a healthy sensory diet. 

Sensory Processing Disorder Resource Center: This site includes a thorough explanation for so many developmental concerns that exist. Starting with a "symptoms checklist," this site covers many topics from potty training and picky eating to ADD/ADHD and sensory diets. We like the pre-writing activities for children. 

Teaching Mama: Created by a former public education teacher, this website offers many ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers including sensory play, fine motor, and gross motor skill development activities. 

TheraKids: This site offers services for occupational, physical, and speech therapy for kids. Look under the resources tab for their recommendations for parents and teachers! We also love the extremely helpful "handouts" the site offers. 

Therapy Street for Kids: This incredibly helpful website can help parents and teachers understand ways to help various needs in the classroom and at home. Topics include fine motor strength, pincer grasp, hand arches, hand-eye coordination, upper body strength, handwriting, scissor skills, and others!

 

Gross Motor (PT) Supports:

Hands On As We Grow: A website that provides ideas and tips for simple activities that parents can implement easily at home with their toddler and preschool children including crafts, sensory, seasonal, gross-motor, and fine motor. Be sure to check out their 35 gross motor activities for preschool aged children. 

 

Visual Impairment Supports:

Stay Put Places: The Ohio School for the Deaf and the Blind has created a pamphlet called Hold Everything. The goal of this booklet is to provide parents and early childhood educators with 20 initial ideas for developing “stay-put” play spaces for infants and young children with sensory impairments and other special needs.

Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired: This site offers many helpful resources such as resources for teachers. One of our favorite articles highlights  activities you can create for children who are blind/visually impaired. We also like the routines article. 

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness: We love the resources available on this site, especially the library of resources and DB-Link readings. One example we love is the Talking the Language of the Hands. 

Wonder Baby: A website dedicated to providing resources/activities/etc. for parents of children with visual and other impairments.

 

General Supports:

Family Support Centers: Provides parent support and child and family activities. Be sure to search for a Family Support Center in your zip code!

Head Start Program: Provides preschool children and their families with a comprehensive program. Services delivery occurs in the following ways: home based, community partnership provides, and classroom services.

Parent to Parent: This is an organization that connects families in similar situations with one another so that they may share experiences, offer practical information and/or support. All services are free and confidential.

YMCA: The Y is a leading non-profit organization for youth development. There are many ways to be involved from volunteering to participating in programming.