Resource Library

First Words Ottawa is pleased to offer many resources and downloads as part of our continued commitment to raising awareness on preschool speech and language development. First Words documents are freely available for use by all. In accordance to intellectual property rights, the use these documents must acknowledge the First Words Preschool Speech and Language Program of Ottawa. Please read our policy guidelines. We encourage you to share these resources as well as the information learned with others.

Community Resources

Speech and Language Development Milestones for Professionals

Know the signs. Act early. This document provides key speech and language development milestones for children aged 6 months to 5 years. If a child is not meeting one of the milestones listed, professionals are asked to refer the family to the appropriate service. Download the PDF here.

Featured Speech-Language Pathologists in Private Practice

This listing is for information only. We do not confirm the practitioner’s certification. Please see the included checklist to help you choose the right service for your child. Download PDF here      

Being The Bridge

This tool provides parents with interactive information on communication development from birth to 2 ½ years of age. You will learn how attachment and routines play a role in language development. Strategies to promote your child’s understanding and use of language at home are shared.