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ASHA's New Communication Milestones: An insight to how it relates to speech therapy

If you haven't heard yet, allow us to introduce you to the new communication and feeding milestones released by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The recent benchmarks are the result of comprehensive research reviews and differ from the milestones previously updated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this post, we'll shed light on the communication milestones, leaving the feeding milestone updates for a separate discussion. These communication milestones can eventually result in the need for speech therapy services. It's important to understand the milestones and when to consult a professional.

One crucial aspect that needs to be addressed is that these communication milestones are designed based on children learning to speak English in America. This signifies that for any given milestone, 75% of English-speaking children in America are expected to have developed that skill by the time they reach the milestone's age. However, it's essential to remember that these guidelines are not an absolute measure of your child's development and should not be used as an evaluation tool.

For families that are bilingual or multilingual, it's important to continue interacting with your children in the languages you are most comfortable with. If you find yourself anxious about it, don't hesitate to consult with a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) who is experienced in working with multilingual families. They can provide you with insights and guidance tailored for your child's linguistic development.

Again, it's vital to stress that these resources are intended to serve as guidelines and not as an evaluative measure of your child's development. If you have any specific questions or need more details, feel free to get in touch with us. We're more than happy to assist you in understanding these new milestones better.

For more information on ASHA's new developmental milestones, visit the ASHA's official page at https://www.asha.org/public/developmental-milestones/communication-milestones/ Alternatively, you can search for 'Asha communication milestones' on Google and look for the age you're interested in.

We understand that every child's development is unique and that these milestones are not a one-size-fits-all. So, remember to use these as a guiding tool and not as an absolute standard. After all, every child's journey is unique, and we're here to support you through every step of it.


Thanks for reading!

-Sol Speech Therapy Team

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