Typical Development

Speech and Language Development
Helpful information for parents regarding the development of speech, language, and communication

Development of Gross Motor Skills
Definition and description of gross motor skills; gross motor development from infancy through school age.

Development of Fine Motor Skills
Description of fine motor skills; fine motor development from infancy through school age; encouraging fine motor development

Developmental Disorders

Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
Information regarding orofacial myofunctional disorders, a.k.a. tongue thrust

Speech Sound Disorders
Information for parents regarding articulation disorder (problems making sounds) and phonological processes disorder (patterns of sound errors)

Feeding and Swallowing Disorders
Information for parents regarding feeding and swallowing disorders, including signs and symptoms, evaluation methods, and treatment options

Language-Based Learning Disabilities
Helpful information for parents including signs and symptoms, how language-based learning disabilities are diagnosed, and treatment

Selective Mutism
General information on selective mutism (when a child chooses not to speak)

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Information for parents regarding ADHD, including definition, signs and symptoms, and speech and language therapy for the child with ADHD

Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Information about Autistic Spectrum Disorders, including signs and symptoms

Sensory Integration Dysfunction
“The Misunderstood, Misdiagnosed and Unseen Disability” is an informative (although somewhat technical) article written by Sandra Nelson

Central Auditory Processing Disorders
“Understanding Auditory Processing Disorders in Children” is an informative article written by Teri James Bellis, PhD, CCC-A

Childhood Apraxia of Speech
General information from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

What is Developmental Apraxia of Speech?
An informative article by speech-language pathologists Ann Guild & Tracy Vail

Information for Parents
Shelley Velleman explains apraxia in layman’s terms

Community Partnership for People with Autism Listserv
Forum for questions regarding Autism issues.

Special Needs Children

The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising and Enjoying the Five “Difficult” Types of Children 
Stanley I. Greenspan and Jacqueline Salmon

The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth 
Stanley I. Greenspan, Serena Wieder, and Robin Simons

A Mind at a Time 
Mel Levine

The Myth of Laziness 
Mel Levine

Smart Kids with School Problems: Things to Know and Ways to Help 
Priscilla L. Vail

NeedQuest: Resources for Special Needs Kids & Their Parents
At NeedQuest, you will find all of the local special needs services and providers you need for your special loved one in Union, Essex, Morris, Somerset and the surrounding New Jersey counties. We list special needs therapists, camps, schools, after school programs for children with special needs, special education lawyers, post secondary transition programs, etc…Absolutely everything special needs is right here. And it’s free for parents!

Speech and Language

Apraxia Kids
An organization dedicated to strengthening the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia, so that each child has their best opportunity to develop speech

The Cherab Foundation
A world-wide nonprofit organization working to improve the communication skills and education of all children with speech and language delays and disorders, particularly verbal and oral apraxia

ComeUnity Speech and Communication by Children
Articles and resources on the subject of speech, language, and communication in childre

Beyond Baby Talk: From Sounds to Sentences, A Parent’s Complete Guide to Language Development 
Julie J. Masterson and Kenn Apel

Does My Child Have a Speech Problem? 
Katherine L. Martin

Language Processing Problems: A Guide for Parents and Teachers 
Cindy Gaulin

The Late Talker: What to Do If Your Child Isn’t Talking Yet 
Marilyn C. Agin, Lisa F. Geng, and Malcolm Nichol

Occupational Therapy/Sensory Processing

Occupational Therapy Resources
Links and ideas for therapists and parents

Handwriting Without Tears
Information and products for the Handwriting Without Tears program

The Sensory Processing Disorder Network
Quality resources for individuals with sensory processing disorders and for the family members, friends, therapists, physicians, teachers, and researchers who care about and work with them

Sensory Resources, LLC
Resources for raising children with sensory motor, developmental, and social-emotional challenges

Sensory Processing Disorder Resources
Quality information, resources, and products to aid in understanding and treatment of children who struggle every day to function due to sensory processing difficulties

Sensory Integration

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
Carol Stock Kranowitz

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder 
Carol Stock Kranowitz

Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry 
Perri Klass and Eileen Costello

Relationship of Learning Problems and Classroom Performance to Sensory Integration 
Marie Di Matties and Norma Quirk

Sensory Secrets: How to Jump-Start Learning in Children 
Catherine Chemin Schneider

Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating World 
Sharon Heller


Autism Family Tours with Brianna
The mission of Autism Family Tours with Brianna, Inc., is to provide customized, therapeutic, educational and recreational programs for Autistic children and their immediate family members. mission Share latest interventions concerning therapies, and programs that can aid the autistic child and entire family. Concentrate on strengthening the family unit by offering support programs and respite to caregivers and siblings.

Learning Disabilities and ADHD

LD Online
The world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
A non-profit organization dedicated to educating, guiding, and inspiring families of children with learning disabilities and ADHD

Internet Special Education Resources
A nationwide directory of professionals, organizations, and schools that serve the learning disabilities and special education communities

Thriving in college with ADHD

Nutrition and Allergies

Whats On Your Plate Project
A wonderful kid friendly website promoting a film that proves that not only can kids understand the issues surrounding nutrition, but they can actually teach other kids about how they are what they eat.

Multivitamin Comparison Chart (pdf)

The Gluten Free/Casein Free Diet Website
The official GFCF Diet Support Group’s informative website regarding dietary intervention treatment for Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

TACA: Talk About Curing Autism Website
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) provides information, resources, and support to families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help people with autism be the best they can be.

Glutino & Gluten Free Pantry
Glutino & Gluten Free Pantry is a manufacturer and distributor specializing in gluten free products.

Kinnikinnick Foods Inc.
A manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of GFCF (Gluten Free Casein Free) products

Local Harvest
A useful resource for finding farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs (pdf)
The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s Guide for school food service staff on accommodating special dietary needs in school nutrition programs.

Is This Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies in Children and Adults 
Doris Rapp

Is This Your Child’s World? How You Can Fix the Schools and Homes That Are Making Your Children Sick 
Doris Rapp

Special Diets for Special Kids 
Lisa Lewis

Special Diets for Special Kids, Two 
Lisa Lewis and Karyn Seroussi

The LCP Solution: The Remarkable Nutritional Treatment for ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dyspraxia 
B. Jacqueline Stordy and Malcolm J. Nicholl

Special Diet Solutions: Healthy Cooking Without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Yeast or Refined Sugar 
Carol Lee Fenster

Feeding and Swallowing

ComeUnity: Growth and Feeding Issues in Children
Articles on the subject of feeding; sensory integration issues and eating; and prematurity and feeding issues

Hearing and Central Auditory Processing

CAPD Parents’ Page
Resources for parents of children with Central Auditory Processing disorders

Hearing Aids and Audiology Information Network
A resource for information on hearing loss, hearing aids, and audiology

How Parents Can Help at Home

Activities to Encourage Speech and Language Development
Encouraging speech and language development from birth to 6 years of age

How Parents Can Help Their Child with Apraxia
Helpful suggestions and activities for parents

Organization Tips for ADHD Children
How routines help children with attention deficit disorder achieve structure and happiness

Sensory Modulation and Sensory Integration Activities
Tactile stimulating activities, vestibular stimulating activities, proprioceptive stimulating activities, motor planning and equilibrium stimulating activities, and deep pressure/heavy work activities

Insurance and law

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Insure Kids Now!)
Linking the Nation’s children to health insurance

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts, and states in the areas of special education, vocational rehabilitation, and research

Alternative Treatments

Alternative Therapies for Children with Brain Injury and Developmental Disorders
The most comprehensive site available for the discussion of medical and physical therapies for the treatment of brain-injured children

Developmental Delay Resources
A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs.


Provides links to special needs camps

My Summer Camps
Special needs camps in New Jersey

State and National Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing
The national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 127,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists

New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The professional association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the state of New Jersey

American Occupational Therapy Association
The national professional association representing the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy

New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association
The professional association for occupational therapy practitioners in the state of New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Education

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
A central source providing information on disabilities in children; IDEA (the law authorizing special education); No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices

American Academy of Pediatrics