FDLRS/Heartland - Resources

Early Childhood Development - Websites & Resources

Cognitive

  • 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.

Communication

  • 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.

Gifted

  • 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.

Language

  • 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.

Motor

  • 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.

Physical

  • 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.

Self-Help

Social / Emotional

  • 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

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Language Impairment