FDLRS/Heartland - Resources
Early Childhood Development - Websites & Resources
- Brain Connection - Multitude of information on cognitive and brain development, and readers can sign up for a free bi-weekly newsletter about the brain.
- Cognitive Milestones - Checklist that includes information on memory, means-end, object concept, and pre-academic skills.
- Stages of Cognitive Development - Based on the work of Jean Piaget, information is presented in an easy to read chart and includes a section devoted to how parents can increase their child's cognitive development through play.
- Language Milestones - A chart listing language skills from 6 months to 8 years, as well as links to more detailed information about each stage.
- Vocal Development - Early speech development, examples of speech sounds that children produce before they say words on a regular basis, and easy interventions parents and professionals can use to increase communication skills.
- NAGC Resources for Parents - Is your child gifted? If yes, what next? The National Association for Gifted Children works to provide you the tools you need to help your child succeed.
- FLAG Gifted Resources - List of statewide resources from Florida Association for the Gifted.
- Age-by-Age Insights - Learn how to talk to kids of any age and listen through your children's ears. Discover how much of your conversation kids really understand -- and why they don't seem to pay attention when you want them to.
- Language Milestone Chart - A language milestone chart for children birth to age 6, and includes activities and strategies to encourage language development.
- Oral Language Development - Oral language development in young children and offers parents and teachers suggestions to foster communication.
- Stimulating Language Development - Dr. Alice Honig offers "Twenty Tips to Caregivers" on stimulating language development.
- Talking Milestones - Toddlers' use of language and presents activities for encouraging language development and pre-reading skills.
- Gross Motor Activities - Activities to help children develop fitness and body/spatial awareness are presented along with a chart that focuses on promoting locomotion, manipulation and stabilization.
- Motor Milestones Checklist - Information on gross and fine motor development for birth to age 6 in a checklist format useful for parents and early childhood professionals.
- Preschool Kids Do Better When They Talk To Themselves - According to a recent study, parents shouldn't worry about young children talking to themselves, in fact 5 year olds perform better on motor tasks!
- Understanding Motor Development - Written from the child's point of view, this site gives information about fine and gross motor development for 1-3 year olds.
- Does Size Really Matter? - Everyone talks about how tall -- or short -- a child is; this article discusses whether size really matters.
- Encouraging Physical Development of Toddlers -Fine and gross motor activities are discussed along with developmental milestones and suggestions for parents.
- Quick Reference Guide - Physical development chart that is broken down in months beginning with birth then in years from 1 to 5 years of age.
- See How They Grow - How to tell whether your child is growing properly and provides information on how to help your child achieve optimum growth.
- Adaptive Milestones Checklist - Self-help milestones for ages birth to 6 and includes information on eating, drinking and dressing.
- Self-Help Milestones - A child's viewpoint, provides information on eating, dressing, grooming, and household skills for ages 1 to 3 and includes activities to facilitate development.
- Teaching Self-Care Skills - Teach self-care skills to children includes information on toileting skills, guides to healthy eating habits, and developmental delays.
- Teaching Your Young Child Specific Self-Help Skills - Fun interactive ways to teach self-help skills using picture cues, rhymes and song, and motor activities.
- The Right Time to Start Toilet Training: Children's Readiness - Informs parents what they need to learn about the signs and signals that indicate children are ready to begin toilet training.
- Tips for Fostering Self-Help Skills - Self-help skills and offers parents of preschoolers activities and suggestions for developing those skills.
Social / Emotional
- Bedtime Strategies for Your Child with Special Needs - Steps that parents can take to have a better time at bedtime. (We do NOT endorse any products you may find on this website, we only share the article above)
- Boostkids - Boost your child's self confidence, self esteem and self worth by teaching people skills and building character.
- Developing Social Competence - Research articles on assessing social competence, developing social competence, and peer relationships and conflicts with children. Also, the home page offers various aspects of parenting.
- Emotional Development - The social and emotional development for different ages. Each file is easy to read for parents and caregivers about what to expect and when to seek help.
- Promoting Social Emotional Development - Tips and tools that will help you promote social emotional development in infants and toddlers, as well as a link to Zero to Three's most popular resources.
- Social Story Intervention - Social story intervention materials. The website allows a teacher to customize stories using a child's name, likeness and situations. Also, there is information and suggestions for activities to help build social skills.
- Social Skills Milestones - Checklist of the development of social skills from birth to age 6.
- Stages of Social Development - Social development in twelve stages and information is presented in a parent friendly manner. Activities that can be performed at home are included which not only improve social development, but language as well.
Special Needs Resources - Websites & Resources
- Autism Information Center - Center for Disease Control and Intervention - Articles, Updates, FAQ's and more
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - Signs and symptoms and more information from the Mayo Clinic
- National Autism Association - A variety of resources for families, educators, providers, and ASD individuals
- The Center for Autism and Related Disorders - Provides assistance and support, professional training programs, public education activities, and information on CARD service regions and local support groups for families and professionals
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders - a resource on the characteristics and frequently asked questions related to fetal alcohol syndrome.
- Signs and Symptoms of FAS - Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, and prevention of these preventable birth defects
- American Speech Language Hearing Association - Frequently Asked Questions: Speech and Language Disorders in the School Setting
- Center for Speech and Language Disorders - their mission is to help children with communication disorders reach their full potential through family centered services
- Concerns for Language Delays - Information for parents who suspect there may be developmental delays with language and other areas
- Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children - Difficulties in language development for children who are adopted and speak another language. The site offers information on what to do if delays are suspected as well as typical language development and milestones.