Welcome! My name is Kate Ross. I am a professional wearing various career hats, including speech-language pathologist, early childhood interventionist, program director, professor, advisor, and author. These aspects of my professional life are reflected in the pages of this website. I hope you will easily find useful resources for your own work, play, and interactions with young children and others. Enjoy.
Please view the Idea Sheets section where parents and early childhood professionals will find practical information to foster healthy interactions with children. Read through Early Vocabulary and Concepts for useful initial words beyond colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. I fully support the idea that there is so much more to strengthen the development of humans than reciting these symbolic representations of abstract concepts. We want children to get along, to socialize, to develop a strong sense of self. That’s done through relationship-building, not reciting numbers and letters. Let’s give them functional tools. Speaking Like Elmer Fudd will explain why so many children err on /r/ and /l/ sounds. There are dozens of other idea sheets to guide children to become competent communicators.
Please check out my textbook, Speech-Language Pathologists in Early Childhood Intervention, published by Plural Publishing (2018).
And read my chapter (8) in Case Studies for the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, titled Coaching in Early Childhood Intervention: A Toddler With ASD.