For Parents and Other Professionals

Conditions and Syndromes

It can be difficult finding up-to-date accurate information on  how to best help children with communication difficulties associated with a syndrome or condition. To help you, our graduate students in the Master of Science program have developed and curated handouts on different conditions or syndromes that may affect language and communication skills in the birth through 5 population. These informational handouts can be used as educational materials and references for parents and other professionals in the community.

Congenital/Developmental: these occur prenatally, at birth, or within the first years of life, result in the interruption of typical childhood development, and do not have a known cause.

Acquired/Environmental: these result from factors originating outside of the child’s body that change the course of his/her development. These factors may be within the womb or in the child’s surrounding environment.

Genetic Conditions: these are caused by changes in a child’s DNA. These changes occur before birth and typically affect the child through the course of his/her development.

Talking Matters! Video Series

The following video series was a collaboration of the University of Arizona Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, The University of Arizona Child Language Center, and the First Things First North Pima Regional Partnership Council to promote the development of speech and language in young children through parent and teacher education. Click on any of the titles to watch one or more of these highly informative videos.

A Parent's Guide to the Language Journey

Typical Speech and Language Development

Speech and Language Disorders

Bilingual Language Development and Disorders

Strategies for Encouraging Speech and Language Development

Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1)

Frequently Asked Questions (Part 2)

Talk It Out at Home

Talk It Out at School

Pediatric Audiology Video Series

The Audiology faculty of SLHS, with support from the Arizona Department of Health Services, have produced these educational videos on childhood hearing loss and infant audiological assessments. These videos are for parents, students, and other community professionals who currently see or will come in contact with children with hearing loss.

The first video includes information on frequency of childhood hearing loss, the goals of Newborn Infant Screening programs, and the components of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs.

Childhood Hearing Loss Part 1: Introduction to hearing loss and early detection

Childhood Hearing Loss Part 2: Infant Audiologic Assessment

Childhood Hearing Loss Part 3: The steps following confirmation of hearing loss

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