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​​​​​​Summer Tips for Families and Consumers

Summer offers a wealth of opportunities to share information about various Communication Science and Disorders related topics.

Topic 1: Hearing Protection
Summer is perhaps the noisiest season, full of outdoor concerts, festivals/parades, and sporting events. After more than a year of limited to no such activities, these events are returning in force. Noise pollution is also a more common complaint as the pandemic spurred people to invest in their homes, making renovations, landscaping upgrades, and other improvements to their house and yard.
Topic 2: Hearing Loss
In early May, ASHA released the results of a new national poll of U.S. adults about their attitudes and actions toward their hearing health—and launched a new public service announcement (PSA) campaign, Act Now on Hearing. With many audiology practices now fully reopened, and an increasing number of vaccinated adults now feeling comfortable seeking care that they deemed non-urgent over the past year, this is the ideal time to encourage people in your community to—once and for all—act on the signs of their (or their loved one's) hearing loss.
Topic 3: Early Intervention
The pandemic resulted in a decrease in the number of referrals to, and enrollments in, early intervention programs nationwide. 
New ASHA resources—including: 
Topic 4: Summer Regression
Many parents are more concerned than ever about summer regression given the challenging school year. Here are some great resources:
Topic 5: Screen Time
Children's average screen time has skyrocketed during the pandemic, but many families are looking to regroup as activities reopen and the school year ends. Human interaction, reading, and hands-on play is critical to communication development (i.e., activities that screen time shouldn't take away from) as well as ways to make screen time more positive and productive (e.g., co-viewing, content recommendations).

​Topics on Hearing, Speech & Language

 Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults

​Early Intervention & COVID 19

 The Role of Health Care SLPs in COVID19 Recovery

Summer Skill Building, Hearing Protection for School-Aged Children

​​​Parent Tool Kit: Developmental Milestones​

Here is a free toolkit for parent on the communication skills that they should expect to see in their child by age and tips for how to support their child's development through daily reading. The toolkit was developed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Read Aloud 15 MINUTES.

Download each handout by age below. All handouts are available in English and Spanish.

Note about communication development: Children develop at their own pace. These flyers show the average ages when most children have developed these skills. Your child might not have all skills until the end of the age range.

Ages Birth-3 months (English)
Ages Birth-3 months (Spanish)

Ages 4-6 months (English)
Ages 4-6 months (Spanish)

Ages 7-12 month (English)
Ages 7-12 month (Spanish)

Ages 1-2 years (English)
Ages 1-2 years (Spanish)

Ages 2-3 years (English)
Ages 2-3 years (Spanish)

Ages 3-4 years (English)
Ages 3-4 years (Spanish)

Ages 4-5 years (English)
Ages 4-5 years (Spanish)

​​Communication for a Life Time​

 Communication for a Lifetime: The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) offers information to consumers on all topics related to speech, language, swallowing, hearing and balance. Here are just some of the topics and links you can find on the ASHA website: