Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Information
IDEA Regulation and Resources Related to Early Intervention
IDEA 2004 News, Information and Resources
The final regulations [PDF] describe amendments to IDEA 2004 Part C that includes new criteria related to the family service plan and adds new child find criteria with an emphasis on specific subpopulations, including at-risk populations. Also included are allowances [DOC] to make Part C services available to children from age 3 until eligible to enter kindergarten or elementary school and expands the definition of infants and toddlers.
ASHA Practice Policy Documents
Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Early Intervention: Position Statement
This position statement from 2008 outlines the role of the speech-language pathologist in service delivery to infants, toddlers, and their families.
Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Early Intervention: Technical Report
This report specifies the role of the speech-language pathologist in the delivery of services to families and their children below the age of 3 years.
Roles of Speech Language Pathologists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Technical Report
This report and the following family of documents addresses the role of the SLP in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Roles and Responsibilities of Speech Language Pathologists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Guidelines
Roles of Speech Language Pathologists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Position Statement
Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech Language Pathologists Providing Service to Infants and Families in the NICU Environment
Learning Disabilities and the Preschool Child
This document provides a position statement developed by the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities for services related to the preschool child. Issues for early identification of at-risk behaviors as well as assessment and delivery of services during the preschool years are recommended. Competency standards for personnel are also discussed.
Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools
This Professional Issues Statement was developed to clarify the role of the SLP in the school setting which includes service to students age 3 and above.
Related Journal Articles
Authentic Assessment as an Approach to Preschool Speech-Language Screening
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Vol. 8, pp 195-200 August 1999. This article outlines the application of authentic assessment techniques in screening preschool children from multicultural and low socio-economic backgrounds.
Expanding the Repertoire of Tools and Techniques for Assessing the Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Vol. 4, pp. 47-58.
Ideas and resources for examining the tools and techniques currently being used to assess the language skills of the young child are presented. Suggestions, which enable the family and speech-language pathologist to provide a more representative view of the child, are described.
ASHA Leader Online articles
Clinical Partnerships Offer Support to Infants and Families
References on Early Intervention
Related Resources and Links
State Early Childhood Education Contacts
This document lists the name, phone number, e-mail address, and Web site for contacts in each state responsible for service delivery in early childhood programs.
Joint Committee on Infant Hearing
Find additional resources about infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, including Web sites and journals.
National Outcomes Measurement Data
Find data on the incidence and prevalence of communication disorders among children as well as reports on special populations.
Beyond Baby Talk
When will my infant speak? What should my child's first words be? In Beyond Baby Talk (2001, Prima Publishing), Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson answer these questions (and many more!) while covering the stages of speech and language development for infants, babies, toddlers and preschoolers--in essence, the first years of a child's life.
Browse ASHA Brochures and Booklets related to infants and toddlers.