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Resources

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The EIRG is committed to supporting families during their child’s first years of life. During this time, babies learn to roll, crawl, sit, stand, walk, talk, and sing. But not all children develop in the same way. During this period of incredible growth, it is important to maximize early learning opportunities based on your child’s own pace.

We have compiled resources and tips to help families in supporting their child’s early development.

Resources

Interacting with Autism

This website contains an extensive video library of well-regarded professionals discussing important topics ranging from therapy interventions to the vaccine controversy and causes of autism.  Its content is monitored and approved by respected researchers in the field.  The “resources” page contains detailed information regarding education and insurance policy as it varies by state.

Developmental Milestones

The CDC website lists language, social, cognitive, and movement milestones for children two months to five years old along with video and photo examples of each skill. They also provide milestone checklists with tips on age-appropriate activities you can do with your child.

Autism Speaks- 100 Day Kit

In order to best advocate for their children’s learning and behavior, it is important for parents and caregivers to learn about autism spectrum disorders. One option for families includes Autism Speaks, which provides a manual for families of newly diagnosed children. It is called the 100 Day Kit and is available for free.

Autism Navigator

This website gives information and resources to parents and professionals who are interested in learning more about autism in young children.

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Written by Barry Prizant, PhD.

University of Washington’s READiLab

This webpage contains short videos that were created for parents of children who are newly diagnosed with autism. Topics range from understanding the diagnosis and parent reflections to setting up a treatment plan.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

Written by Ellen Notbohm.

Social Communication Growth Chart

Developed by the FIRST WORDS® Project at Florida State University, the Social Communication Growth Chart is a powerful new tool that will help parents learn more about their child’s milestones from from 7 to 24 months.

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn

Written by Sally J. Rogers, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, and Laurie A. Vismara, PhD.

C.I.T.Y. of Support

This non-profit provides a dynamic community, both online and in person, that supports all families navigating the needs of their child in therapy.

Tips

Language Facilitation Strategies

Children learn language through everyday interactions with caregivers. Caregivers can support language during daily routines by: responding to all child communication attempts (pointing, vocalizing, saying words), making statements rather than asking questions, expanding child communication by adding words, setting up materials to increase child communication (giving a child a choice between two objects).

The EIRG is committed to supporting families during their child’s first years of life. During this time, babies learn to roll, crawl, sit, stand, walk, talk, and sing. But not all children develop in the same way. During this period of incredible growth, it is important to maximize early learning opportunities based on your child’s own pace.

In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning we offer the following clinical services.

Speech and Language Check-Ups

We provide free speech and language screenings. We also provide free autism screenings.

Individual Speech-Language Therapy

We provide one-on-one speech-language therapy sessions focused on teaching children to say words, combine words and say specific sounds. We also work with children and families who are using an alternative and augmentative (AAC) forms of communication.

Language Enhancing Playgroups

These parent/infant and parent/toddler classes focus on enhancing your child’s early language development within the context everyday routines. These groups meet once or twice weekly and are facilitated by a speech-language pathologist who provides direct instruction in language facilitation strategies and monitors your child’s development during this critical period of development.

Comprehensive Evaluations

We provide both speech and language evaluations as well as multidisciplinary evaluations for children with developmental differences to effectively diagnose developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other communicative disorders.