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Preschool Speech and Language Resources

Below, please find a selection of Speech and Language resources targeted to preschool-aged children. This list will continue to grow as new resources become available.

Communication Checkup

This is an online screening tool created for parents and legal guardians living in Halton, Peel, and Dufferin regions. The tool can also be used by educators in these communities to screen children in their care. Go to the Communication Checkup page

e-Learning Courses

These e-learning courses were developed in collaboration with other organizations across the province, and therefore may take you to another website. Speech and Language Services for Halton, Peel and Dufferin are provided by ErinoakKids. For information on Preschool Speech and Language Services at ErinoakKids, please click here.

Parent Engagement

You will learn:

  • What parent engagement is and how it can benefit you and your child
  • How you will be supported to work with your child during therapy sessions and at home
  • The importance of home practice and how to include it throughout your day

Open the Parent Engagement course

Being the Bridge: Building Language

You will learn:

  • What attachment is and why it is important
  • How to set up daily routines to help your child develop language
  • Strategies to help your child understand and use language at home
  • How to develop early literacy

Open the Being the Bridge: Building Language course

The Power of Play

You will learn:

  • The importance of play
  • The different types of play
  • Types of social interaction during play
  • How play is related to language development
  • How to develop your child’s understanding and use of language using play, music and books

Open The Power of Play course*

*Please note, this link opens with the Firefox browser 

Let's Make Sounds

Module 1: Introduction

You will learn:

  • Understand your role as parent and therapy process
  • Learn how to be successful in the support of your child's progress
  • Identify the supplies and tools you need during practice sessions

Open Let's Make Sounds - Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Background

  • Define "articulation" and "speech"
  • Idenitfy the muscles that are involved in speech production
  • Learn the different techniques used to achieve accuracy and speed

Open Let's Make Sounds - Module 2: Background

Module 3: Make Sounds

You will learn:

  • How to set up successful and structured speech sound practice
  • Identify the steps that speech practice should follow in the Speech Ladder
  • Learn how to maximize your child's success through setting realistic and appropriate level goals using the Speech Ladder and printable workbook

Open Let's Make Sounds - Module 3: Make Sounds

Let's Talk! Tips for Building Your Child's Speech and Language Skills

You will learn:

  • Communication milestones children should be reaching from infancy  to five years
  • Tips and strategies on how you can help to develop your child’s speech and language skills

Open Let’s Talk! Tips for Building Your Child’s Speech and Language Skills

Other Resources

Look What I Can Do: A Guide to Communication Development 

Created by ErinoakKids

Look What I Can Do - for parents

Look What I Can Do - for teachers

Regarde ce que je peux faire! - Un guide pour les enseignants

Regarde ce que je peux faire! - Un guide sur le développement de la communication - LES CINQ PREMIÈRES ANNÉES

‘You are the key to your child’s first words’, A Few Words about First Words

These short, narrated videos are designed by The Hanen Centre to heighten parents awareness of the importance of their role in their child’s early language learning.

Notice, Show, and Say It Slow

This short video and handout, created by the Speech and Stuttering Institute, show parents and caregivers how to boost their child’s speech development with some simple changes to the way they model words: “Notice, show, and say it slow”.

Notice, Show, and Say it Slow Video

View the Handout