ASHA surveyed members in June 2021 to gather information about how educational audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) planned to address effects of remote services on student’s skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The web survey, which was posted on a variety of ASHA Online Communities, was completed by 473 practitioners from early intervention, private practice, and school settings across all states, the District of Columbia, and Guam. The findings from the survey highlighted
For more information about survey results, go to Member Responses and ASHA Resources Related to Loss of Communication Skills During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The information from this survey assisted with the development of ASHA resources for practitioners and families to support recoupment of social and communication skills.
As students transitioned from virtual or hybrid learning during the 2020–2021 school year to in-person learning during the 2021–2022 school year, families may have questions about how their students’ social and communication skills were affected by pandemic-related changes to instruction and service delivery. Families may share information and concerns with professionals about changes during the pandemic. Below are some guiding topics that educational audiologists and SLPs can use to discuss changes made to service delivery from the beginning of the pandemic to the present. Given the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic, there may be changes in your school district that necessitate ongoing conversations about recovery of skills.
After sharing information with families about the specific changes made to audiology and speech-language service delivery from the beginning of the pandemic to the present, educational audiologists and SLPs may wish to review Pandemic Related Social and Communication Challenges: How Audiologists and SLPs Can Help with In-Person Learning. Information in this resource may assist with addressing critical issues related to recovery of social and communication skills.