This kit has the essential information and tools for successful early intervention services. Effectively address assessment, intervention, and documentation for pre-linguistic skills, speech and language development, and sound production.
- Understand the unique aspects of EI service delivery, assessment, and intervention
- Provide effective intervention for pre-linguistic skills, receptive language, expressive language, sound production, and AAC
This favorite tool of SLPs who provide birth to three services is authored by nationally-recognized lecturer, Nancy B. Swigert. The Early Intervention Kit includes:
183-page Therapy Guide
Information on assessment, goals, treatment, and documentation including these helps specific to early intervention:
- complete inventory of speech and language developmental milestones
- short-term and long-term goals for pre-linguistic skills, receptive and expressive language, and sound production
- development of communicative intent and functions
- how to adjust for prematurity
- home-based vs. center-based assessments
- the Hawaii Preparing for Integrated Preschool Assessment
- Symbolic Play Scale Checklist
- documentation forms (print from the FREE CD)
- developing the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
- strategies for parental input and involvement in therapy
- overview of medical disorders and syndromes
- implementation of AAC
187-page Activities Book
More than 200 activities address prelinguistic skills, receptive language, expressive language, and sound production in a developmental sequence. Educational handouts supplement teaching and can be printed from the FREE CD. Each activity includes:
- treatment objective and goals
- instructions and teaching suggestions
- expected age of development
- list of materials/toys needed
88 Sign Language Cards
- vocabulary words
- the alphabet
- numbers 1-10
- copy the cards or print them from the FREE CD
Copyright © 2004
Thank you so much for creating such a valuable resource! It has been very useful to me since I work with a large number of Head Start preschool children. The parent handouts, therapy guide, and activities are informative, easy to understand, and straight to the point.
Maria Moye, SLP
What a treasure! I purchased The Early Intervention Kit at an ASHA convention—now I don't leave home without it. It has everything I need as a speech provider to infants and toddlers. I have used many of the suggested goals and activities—and they work! I feel so much more confident and equipped as a therapist. I have told all my friends about this most wonderful tool. Thanks so much.
Marcia Richards, SLP
- Assessment and intervention of communication disorders within the birth-3 population should be a dynamic and evolving process continually involving the child, parents, and all members of the multidisciplinary team (Rossetti, 2001).
- ASHA (2008) recommends that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide information on communication-enhancing strategies to caregivers in order for carryover of targeted skills to occur in everyday routines.
- Early intervention government mandates require intervention in a natural environment with parent education on ways to implement targeted therapy skills throughout the child's daily activities (IDEA, 2004).
- Early intervention is effective on numerous measures, including communication skills gained by the child, teaching strategies learned by the family, and possible reduction of later special education costs by the public school system (Rossetti, 2001).
- Children who are showing speech and language delays need multiple opportunities and various therapy techniques to improve these skills. Some therapy techniques include use of augmentative alternative communication (AAC), imitation of the child, minimizing pressure on the child to speak, and use of speech with exaggerated intonation (DeThorne, Johnson, Walder, & Mahurin-Smith, 2009).
- AAC should be included in a comprehensive early intervention program to allow young children functional communication with a variety of individuals. AAC can take on a variety of forms, including gestures, sign, picture symbols, or speech-output devices (Romski & Sevcik, 2005).
The Early Intervention Kit incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2008). Roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists in early intervention [Guidelines]. Retrieved August 28, 2009, from www.asha.org/policy
DeThorne, L.S., Johnson, C.J., Walder, L., Mahurin-Smith, J. (2009). When "Simon Says" doesn't work: Alternatives to imitation for facilitating early speech development. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18, 133-145.
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). (2004). Retrieved August 28, 2009, from http://idea.ed.gov
Romski, M., & Sevcik, R.A. (2005). Augmentative communication and early intervention: Myths and realities. Infants & Young Children, 18(3), 174-185.
Rossetti, L.M. (2001). Communication intervention birth to three (2nd ed.). Canada: Singular Thompson Learning.