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Parent Support Groups for Children with Speech or Communication Difficulties

This is an annotated list of children's speech and communication support groups and listservs for parents. Read descriptions and join the speech and/or communication support group that best meets your needs.

Speech/communication parent support groups and discussion listservs are excellent resources for parents of children with speech, language or communication difficulties or delays. In addition to these specific children's communication and speech groups, you may also wish to review related disability topic groups (such as learning disabilities or autism) in our Directory of Children's Disability Support Groups.

Parent Deaf HH (Parents of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children)
Support group for parents of deaf or hard of hearing children. This long term discussion list is sponsored by the American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
To Join: Send the message SUBSCRIBE PARENTDEAF-HH to PARENTDEAF-HH@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU or subscribe online.
Listowners: Benna Timperlake and Sherry Ernsberger

Apraxia Kids
A resource, discussion list for families of children with developmental apraxia of speech (verbal dyspraxia) and the professionals
that care about them.
To Join: In the body of your email, send the message, SUBSCRIBE APRAXIA-KIDS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU join online
Listowners: Sharon Gretz

Auditory Processing
Individuals who have normal hearing but have difficulty with discriminating words, listening in background noise, trouble following ongoing conversation, and seem to have trouble paying attention when others are talking, may have a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD). Open archives.
To Join: Send a blank email to or subscribe online.

CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorders)
Central auditory processing disorders, primarily parents and educators. High volume, active list.
To Join: Send the message, SUBSCRIBE CAPD to or join online.
Listowner: Jay Lucker

Parents and professionals help children with earning disAbilities (Autism, Down Syndrome, PDD/NOS, etc.) communicate effectively using the methods of Dr. James D. MacDonald of "Communicating Partners."
Subscription: Send a blank email message to or join online.
Listowner: Jenny Wendling

Late Talkers
Latetalkers is a discussion forum for anyone interested in the late development of speech in children, regardless of cause. It is a low volume and friendly list.
Subscription To Join: Send a blank email to or join online.
Listowner: Karen

Childrens Apraxia Net
Late talker/speech delay vs. apraxia? The Cherab Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the communication skills and education of children with speech and language delays and disorders. While we outreach to any "late talker" our area of emphasis is verbal and oral apraxia, severe neurologically-based speech and language disorders that hinder children's ability to speak.
To Join: Send a blank email to or join online.

PACT (Promoting Augmentative Communication Together)
A listserv for anyone interested in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
To Join: Send a blank email to or join online.
Listowner: Pam Harris

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