Topic Areas: Language in Infants through Preschoolers

Topic Chairs: Ashley Wiley and Rebecca Alper

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathology proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area focus on advancing innovation, knowledge and clinical practice in communication and language development in early childhood ages birth to preschool with normal hearing, including consultation with and education for families, caregivers, preschool teachers, and other professionals. Proposals may reflect the range of research and professional services, including, but not limited to: the nature of early communication and language disorders; prevention; screening, evaluation, and assessment; service delivery models and intervention methods; communication and language efficacy and effectiveness research; and scientific advances in the knowledge base that have implications for early communication and language development. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to language in infants through preschoolers should be included in this topic area.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to language in young children (infants, toddlers, and preschoolers) with normal hearing
  • Innovative research for service delivery models for language in early childhood in response to COVID-19 delivered through telepractice technology

Professional Education

  • Developing language systems in oral and/or alternative modes by young children with normal hearing
  • Identifying and appropriately responding to the influence of cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Social and cognitive bases of communication and language acquisition in young children with normal hearing
  • Comparisons of communication and language abilities of young normal hearing children with typical and atypical language
  • Prevalence of developmental language disorders
  • Screening, evaluation, and/or treatment for developmental language disorders in young children with normal hearing
  • Etiologies of children's language disorders (including genetics) and the association with related conditions
  • Issues regarding service delivery models for young children with normal hearing
  • Issues related to family systems and natural environments for young children with normal hearing
  • Personnel preparation and interprofessional issues specific to language in young children with normal hearing
  • Psychological impact of early childhood language disorders on normal hearing children and their families
  • Administrative and regulatory issues related to language in young children with normal hearing
  • Ethical considerations for service delivery to young children who have normal hearing with language disorders
  • Technology as it applies to Language in infants through preschoolers
  • Innovative therapeutic or service-delivery models for language in early childhood in response to COVID-19, including through telepractice technology
  • Interprofessional or community collaborations to develop language in early childhood

Related Topics

Proposals that address this area but primarily focus on:

  • Policy and professional issues when serving diverse populations should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.
  • Use of telepractice in service delivery to these populations should be submitted to the Telepractice and Technology topic area.
  • Individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing (birth to school transition) should submit to the Listening, Language, and Speech in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing topic area.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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