As part of the early intervention campaign, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Read Aloud 15 MINUTES have just released this new free resource.
Some parents may question whether their child’s communication development is on track. The detailed lists of milestones included here can help either set parents’ minds at ease or empower them to seek an evaluation if they see that their child is lagging behind on certain skills. Any communication delay or disorder is most effectively treated when addressed early, and some can be prevented altogether. This information gives parents the tools they need to monitor their child’s communication development with confidence. – ASHA President Gail Richard
“ASHA collaborated with the nonprofit group Read Aloud 15 MINUTES to create this new toolkit for parents, ASHA members and allied professionals. Read Aloud seeks to make 15 minutes of daily reading to children from ages birth to 8 the national caregiving standard by 2023.”
“The ASHA-Read Aloud toolkit consists of seven handouts detailing expected communication milestones by age. The resource also offers easy tips for parents on how they can encourage a child’s communication development at each stage of life from birth to age 5.”
“Certified audiologists and speech-language pathologists, pediatricians, early childhood educators, librarians, and any other professionals who interact with young children are also welcome to use this free resource—either electronically or in print.”
“Anyone with concerns about a child’s communication abilities should seek an evaluation from a certified audiologist or speech-language pathologist.”
You can download the printable handouts for free from the Identify the Signs website in both English and Spanish.
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