The ABCs of Language Development Book

As a scientist and now a grandmother, I will be recommending this book!

- Professor Helen Burt, O.C., UBC Associate Vice-President, Research & Innovation

Written for parents, caregivers, educators, and anyone who supports families and children, The ABCs of Language Development: Discover Language With Your Child provides cutting-edge research findings and “how to" practical strategies to support the communication and language development of all children, organized in an A-B-C format.

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Produced by KidCareCanada and co-written by Dr. Carla Hudson Kam (2010-2020 Canada Research Chair in Language Acquisition), Caitlin Bittman (Speech-Language Pathologist), Estelle Paget (founder of KidCareCanada), and Elizabeth Wellburn (KidCareCanada), this book will be available through UBC Language Sciences. 

This book is available for $27.95 plus shipping. Please note: we want this book in the hands of those who need it. We're happy to work with families and organizations on a one-to-one basis to accommodate pricing - please feel free to email us to enquire at

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 The ABCs of Language Development: eBook Version 

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The ABCs of Language Development: PDF Version 

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We would love to hear how you found the book - how did you use it? Did you notice a difference in your child's language development? What is your favourite part of the book? Review the book here:

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My Child Needs Extra Communication Support: A Companion Document

This free document expands on two sections, “Delay” and “When and How to Seek Help,” found in the ABCs of Language Development book and provides background information and terminology to introduce you to what you may encounter when you meet your child’s speech-language pathologist. It is not a replacement for seeking out professional help that is specific to your child’s needs. Click on the image below to view the document. This document is posted with permission from Caitlin Bittman.

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