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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How To Help A Child Who Stutters

How To Help A Child Who Stutters When  children learn to talk, they go through a “normal” phase of repeating words and sounds; also called “dysfluency”.  Learn what to do should your child start to stutter.   Download the PDF here.  

When Communication Problems Cause Frustration

When Communication Problems Cause Frustration At times, many children show frustration when they are learning language.  Children with speech and/or language delays may find it especially challenging to express ideas, share information, recount an event or retell a story. These tips will help you help your child communicate with others and deal with frustration successfully. […]

Featured Where to refer?

Where to refer? A quick and easy guide to referring preschool aged children to Ottawa language related services. Download the PDF here.

Featured Speech Sound Development

Speech Sound Development Speech sounds develop gradually – from birth to a child’s seventh or eighth year. A chart showing how speech sounds develop through the preschool years.   Download the PDF here.  

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism Frequently asked questions on learning more than one language.   Download the PDF here.  

FAQ: Your Baby’s Speech & Language Development

When should my baby say their first words?  Answers to this and many more questions about your baby’s speech and language development.

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism (SOMALI)

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism (SOMALI) Frequently asked questions on learning more than one language.   Download the PDF here.  

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism (SIMPLIFIED CHINESE)

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism (SIMPLIFIED CHINESE) Frequently asked questions on learning more than one language.   Download the PDF here.  

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism – ARABIC

FAQ: First Language Use & Bilingualism – ARABIC Frequently asked questions on learning more than one language.   Download the PDF here.