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Resources for Parents 

Language Development & Milestones


Communication Checklist from birth to 4 years (Early Abilities – Toronto Public Health)
Monitor your child’s speech and language development, using our online checklist. Milestones are grouped by age level. The checklist is also available for download in many languages.


Developmental Speech and Language Milestones from birth to 30 months (Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services)
A list of speech and language development milestones for children under 30 months of age. Includes tips for encouraging language development.


Red Flags for Language Delay  in infants and toddlers (The Hanen Centre)
A list of warning signs that may indicate a speech and language assessment is needed. Red flags are sorted based on the child’s age level.


Let’s Talk! Tips for Building Your Child’s Speech and Language Skills (Eastern Ontario Health Unit)
Information about language development (birth to five years) and videos with tips for building your child’s speech and language skills.


When Children Speak More Than One Language (Best Start Resource Center)
A resource booklet explaining how kids learn more than one language, what to expect and what parents can do.


Reading Develops Language Skills: A Parent Handout in Eleven Languages

A short, concise and readable document prepared as a resource for North American professionals to help parents use their first language to encourage their child’s language development through the use of books.

To access this document, please click here. 

Community Programs & Activities  


EarlyON Child and Family Centres

Fun, free programs for children up to the age of six. Each centre hosts a variety of play, social and literacy-based activities. Find a drop-in centre location near you.



An online community dedicated to supporting children and adults with special needs. Includes resources and information for parents and caregivers, including a tool to create visual supports at home.