Hello, caregivers and fellow clinicians!
I don’t know about you, but amidst the chaos and change secondary to novel coronavirus, I’m finding it more challenging to ensure I provide the same types of quality therapy and learning opportunities online via telepractice as I typically do via therapy in person. And as there is no definite end in sight relative to COVID-19, I think it is important to know at least some of the best free online tools, apps, and websites out there to help with learning and teaching children.
Check out these great free learning resources for children:
Autism Navigator was created by faculty and staff at the Autism Institute at Florida State University College of Medicine. It provides access to free resources related to autism for families as well as educational courses (some of which are free as well).
The First Words Project is another platform created by the faculty and staff at the Autism Institute at Florida State University College of Medicine along with others. This website focuses on early communication development and developmental milestones.
Baby Navigator is yet another website generated by the faculty at the Autism Institute at Florida State University College of Medicine. However, Baby Navigator involves a registration process and facilitates the Institute’s research. In turn, parents/caregivers are provided with customized recommendations and resources relative to their child’s needs.
I’m assuming you’ve heard of PBS and you’ve likely heard of PBS Kids if you spend any time around children nowadays. PBS Kids provides learning-oriented videos and games to engage children while helping them learn.
PBS also helms another learning resource that compiles interactive lessons and videos from inside and outside sources related to education and child development.
The Learn & Grow section on PBS Kids for Parents site is great. It breaks down recommendations relative to milestones and related activities and tips/strategies by age and stage of child’s development, which I feel is incredibly beneficial.
Marshall Adult Education’s mission is to provide adults and young adults with educational opportunities to improve their overall literacy. These reading activities are also appropriate for most children.
Dozens of teachers came together to create English Worksheets Land, which provides various worksheets and activities relative to Common Core Standards and grade levels from Kindergarten to 10th grade.
Funbrain provides free online educational resources and activities for children related to math, problem-solving, literacy/reading, and language.
A Collection of Resources by Judith Maginnis Kuster (MNSU): I have to give a special shout out to Mrs. Kuster. Although I’ve never met her, the sheer amount of resources she has compiled relative to online learning opportunities is astounding. Please check it out!
Aphasia Therapy Online: Although this site is oriented towards adults who’ve experienced stroke, it also provides free opportunities for children to practice labeling and answering yes/no questions.
Although it is more adult-oriented, this free HIPAA-compliant platform entitled TalkPath Therapy from Lingraphica may also be appropriate to use with children. It provides interactive treatment and learning opportunities related to speech, swallowing, language, cognition, oral-motor, and news via website and app.
TalkPath News | Online Daily News from Lingraphica: Although it is more adult-focused, this free website and app from Lingraphica, which is also interconnected with TalkPath Therapy platform, provides opportunities to keep up with the news via compacted stories that also task readers’ comprehension and retention. This may be a good option for any young news consumers out there.
Why do these resources matter? I want people to know that there are resources out there at no cost that may be helpful relative to developing and fostering various social and academic skills. It’s important to be active and engaged in the learning process. So, if you have read this far, I encourage you to pick at least one of these resources recommended and give it a try.
Thanks for reading and I hope you get some benefit out of using these free learning resources for children. If you enjoyed this post, you may enjoy other posts on my blog and Facebook. You can also follow me on Instagram.
Links & Resources:
Autism Navigator: https://autismnavigator.com/
First Words Project: https://firstwordsproject.com/
Baby Navigator: https://babynavigator.com/
PBS Kids: https://pbskids.org/
PBS LearningMedia: https://vegas.pbslearningmedia.org/
Learn & Grow - PBS Kids: https://www.pbs.org/parents/learn-grow
Marshall Adult Education: http://resources.marshalladulteducation.org/reading_skills_home.htm
English Worksheets Land: https://www.englishworksheetsland.com/
A Collection of Resources by Judith Maginnis Kuster (MNSU): https://www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster2/sptherapy.html
Aphasia Therapy Online: http://www.aphasiatherapyonline.com/
TalkPath Therapy: https://therapy.aphasia.com/
TalkPath News: https://talkpathnews.aphasia.com/