ASHA's Healthy Communication & Popular Technology Initiative

In an ever-changing technology driven society, ASHA is committed to promoting healthy communication habits to ensure that children develop speech, language, and hearing abilities.

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Trust & Rapport: The Building Blocks of Speech Therapy

Building a solid and trusting relationship is crucial, and the time spent on the relationship will pay dividends down the road.

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Better Speech & Hearing Month

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! Throughout the month, members of the profession strive to raise awareness about speech and language disorders.

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AAC Evaluation

AAC assessment requires knowledge of ever-changing technologies, proficiency in system selection and programming, and clinical expertise in language intervention.

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Language Development & the Significance of Taking Turns

Exposure to language is very important. A study by MIT cognitive scientists utilized brain imaging to specifically identify the effect of turn-taking on language development.

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Following the Leader (Your Child)

Children communicate about the things they are interested in. By harnessing and embracing experiences that are motivating, we can encourage communication.

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A Great Resource for Parents from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has developed a free toolkit designed to help families employ simple practices that encourage language growth. 

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Why (and When to) Consult a Speech-Language Pathologist

Early intervention leads to better prognoses. Interventions for speech and language delays are recommended for children who fall outside of the range of typical development.

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The Client, Parent & Caregiver Perspective: A Critical Component of Evidence-Based Practice

Speech pathologists adhere to an evidence-based practice model in order to provide the best possible treatment for clients. This model includes the client/parent/caregiver perspective. 

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Preventative Speech-Language Practices: Recommendations for Parents & Caregivers

While not all communication disorders are avoidable, parents and caregivers can utilize simple techniques to mitigate, or head off, preventable communication deficits and delays.

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Understanding the Basics of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the replacement or supplementation of speech with alternative strategies. This approach can provide those with complex communication needs an effective way to express themselves.

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Learn to Promote Communication and Language Growth in Young Children with It Takes Two to Talk®

You can support your young child's language acquisition with the evidence-based program It Takes Two to Talk® for parents of children ages 0-5 with language delays.

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Routines & Activities: Opportunities to Promote Language Throughout the Day

Every family activity or routine is an opportunity for language growth. Parents can capitalize on these routines to encourage communication and help their children acquire new words. 

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Total Communication: What, Why & How?

This strengths-based treatment approach seeks to honor all attempts at communication, and individuals with complex communication needs are encouraged to use the mode of communication that is most natural to them.

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Limited, Supervised Screen Time Can Be Beneficial for Young Children

When used judiciously, supervised screen time can provide ample opportunities for novel language exposure and for learning and practicing new skills.

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Accessibility to Public Spaces Is a Right—For Everyone

Organizations can meet individuals with communication barriers “halfway” by enriching the environment with visuals and assistive technology.

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The Importance of Family-Centered Speech and Language Therapy

It is important for families to incorporate speech and language interventions throughout the day by way of common routines and activities.  

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Welcome

Through consultation and training, families and organizations can create and increase accessibility and build strong language partnerships.

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