Free Communication Toolkit for Parents of Young Children

Read to Baby
Communicating With Baby: Tips and Milestones From Birth to Age 5, is a series of seven handouts that detail communication skills that parents should expect to see in their child by age, plus tips for how to support children’s development. The handouts have been released by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Read Aloud 15 Minutes.


“From Day 1, babies are learning from the world around them—primarily through listening to their parents talk, read, sing, and otherwise interact with them,” says Bob Robbins, executive director, Read Aloud 15 Minutes. “With this online toolkit, we want to provide parents with advice and easy activities that help them support their babies’ growth during their most rapid period of brain development—their first few years of life. The most powerful things a parent can do to set a child up for success require no money—only time and attention. We want parents to understand how daily reading and verbal exchange start the lifetime path to learning and academic success.”


“This toolkit offers parents vital information on what they should expect their children to be able to do by age in the areas of talking, hearing, and understanding,” says Gail J. Richard, PhD, CCC-SLP, 2017 ASHA president. “Some parents may question whether their child’s communication development is on track. The detailed lists of milestones included here can help either set parents’ minds at ease or empower them to seek an evaluation if they see that their child is lagging behind on certain skills. Any communication delay or disorder is most effectively treated when addressed early, and some can be prevented altogether. This information gives parents the tools they need to monitor their child’s communication development with confidence.”
The handouts are available in English and Spanish at identifythesigns.org/communicating-with-baby-toolkit/
— Donna Jefferson