The Tech Effect: New ASHA Resources Show How Popular Technology May Be Impacting Today’s Children, Offer Practical Tips for Parents

Digital Resources Released in Conjunction With 2016 AAP Conference in San Francisco

(Rockville, MD - October 20, 2016)  

With nearly all teens and a majority of toddlers now using tablets, smartphones, and other popular technology devices, the potential impact on children's development and overall health is a hot topic at this weekend's 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) conference. Against this backdrop, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is issuing some new digital resources to educate parents about specific areas of concern related to children's communication skills—and to provide practical advice for managing popular technology use in their households.

The following resources may be linked, embedded, or reprinted as text with attribution to ASHA:

The Tech Effect: How Too Much Device Time May Be Taking a Toll on Today's Children

Research Roundup: Kids and Technology: Video spotlights recent research about technology's impact on language development, attention span, school performance, and hearing problems.

Sounding Off: Video explores what communication experts, teachers, parents, and teens think about technology's hold on today's kids.

The Digital Diet: 5 Tips to Maintaining Healthy Balance: Easy ways that families can reduce popular tech time in favor of communication and interaction.

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About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 186,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.


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