ASHA Polled U.S Parents and Here's What They Said

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The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)’s Identify the Signs campaign is in its sixth year. I had shared a Toolkit for parents of children 0-5 in a previous article. This year, ASHA polled parents by partnering with YouGov, a well-known polling firm, and reported the following results:

  • 1 in 4 U.S. parents of children ages 0–8 have had concerns about their child's ability to communicate.

  • 73% of all parents who had concerns sought treatment.

  • Of parents who sought treatment for their child, 8 in 10 reported that they perceived "a great deal" or "a good amount" of improvement after treatment.

  • 23% of parents were able to correctly identify 75% or more of the signs of communication disorders provided in the survey. Only 5% were able to correctly identify all the signs of communication disorders provided.

ASHA has also partnered with Baby Navigator, a resource that includes:

  • photo look books showing specific milestones in children month to month (ages 9–16 months);

  • a video library containing clips of children demonstrating typical social behaviors from ages 7 to 24 months, along with clips of children exhibiting early signs of a communication delay or ASD; and

  • an enhanced screening tool for communication delay starting at 9 months and for ASD starting at 12 months called the Social Communication (SoCo) CheckUp.

If you are concerned about your child’s speech or language, it is best to address issues early on.

Paul Simeone, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP