Coronavirus Tracker: A Leading Association Issues Back-to-school Guidance
August 14, 2020
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Classroom Challenges for Children with Speech Disorders
As students return to the classroom—virtual or otherwise—the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association (ASHA) is offering guidance for parents of children with a speech and language disorder.
More than 1 million children in the United States receive school-based treatment for such a disorder, a task made more difficult by the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, educators may find it more difficult to understand a child who stutters when lessons are remote. The physical classroom is affected too: Masks can make it hard for people to accurately interpret facial expressions, which some people with speech and language disorders rely on for communication.
“Some children may be taking part in hybrid scenarios this fall, which can pose the challenges presented by both virtual and in-person settings—as well as the added challenge of a constantly varying routine,” ASHA noted in a news release. “In such cases, visual schedules, checklists, and large color-coded wall calendars are helpful for children with speech and language disorders.”
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