Learning Resources

Web Sites
SpecialNeedsKidsInfo Special Needs Kids Information, LLC – “This website is for parents in the Washington D.C. Metro area whose child has been diagnosed with a disability or who are new to the area and are looking for local resources for children with special needs.

It is a comprehensive database of all the types of doctors and specialists available. When possible, a link will be provided for you to click on to get detailed information or go directly to the provider’s site. This site tries to cover all the specialists: for example, Developmental Pediatricians, Geneticists, Neurologists, Orthopedists, and many more along with Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapists and Behaviorists. This site has information about Special Needs Planning, Financial Planning, Educational Placement Help, as well as links to Advocacy Information and Supportive Housing sites pertaining to special needs. You will also find information on where to buy adaptive equipment and products, as well as schools and businesses that offer things such as specialized classes in creative arts, camps, fitness, national and local resources, respite and child care, support groups for parents and siblings.

Finally, it is our hope that by providing this one-stop resource it will lessen some of the stress you’re feeling from the unknown, speed your search for answers, and give you confidence that you’re doing everything you can to help your child and, ultimately, your family.”

ASHA American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)

SFA The Stuttering Foundation

Hacking Autism HackingAutism.org

ICDL Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disabilities (ICDL) – This is a great online resource for learning the “Floortime model”.



Articles
The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds

The Impact of Teacher-Directed and Child-Directed Pretend Play on Cognitive Competence in Kindergarten Children

Relationships between symbolic play, functional play, verbal and non-verbal ability in young children.



Apps
“Tap Bubbles!” – an app that helps early Learners practice P, B, and M (e.g., “Pop”, “Bubble”, “More”)

Hacking Autism apps – a collection of apps from www.HackingAutism.org aimed at helping autistic children through the use of touch technology.

“Making Sentences” – an app that helps children sequence stories.