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The American Academy of Audiology Cautions Parents on Toy Selection this Holiday Season as the Sight & Hearing Association Releasesits Annual Noisy Toys List

“Many parents don’t realize the permanent damage a simple toy can inflict on a child’s hearing,” said Sarah Sydlowski, Au.D., Ph.D., MBA, president of the American Academy of Audiology; and associate chief improvement officer and audiology director of the Hearing Implant Program at Cleveland Clinic. “When we fail to protect a child’s hearing, the result can be irreversible hearing loss.” The inner ear contains delicate hair cells which do not regrow. Once these are damaged by noise, the result can be permanent hearing loss.

The Sight & Hearing Association has produced an annual list on noisy toys prior to the holidays for the past 24 years. Since 1939, SHA has been identifying and preventing vision and hearing loss, in partnership with other professional and community organizations, by providing screenings, education and research. "During the holiday season, we look for the most popula

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Together by St. Jude Teaches Children about the COVID-19 Vaccines in New Coloring Book

Experts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have created a coloring book to help children learn about vaccines and how they work to prevent COVID-19. The coloring book comes on the heels of the US Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Developed and reviewed by patient education and infectious disease specialists at St. Jude, the coloring book is available for download on the Together by St. Jude web-based resource.


A St. Jude Coloring Book: COVID-19 Vaccines answers questions about COVID-19 vaccines in words children can understand. “A COVID-19 vaccine uses the body’s immune system to fight the coronavirus,” the book reads. “Your immune system is like a team of superheroes that protect you from germs.” The boo

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ASHA Offers Suggestions for Low-Tech Gifts That Reap Big Rewards by Age Group

A Great Option for a Holiday Shopping Season With a Microchip Shortage: Low-Tech Toys That Can Boost Children’s Language and Learning

With gaming systems, “smart” toys, and other electronics in short supply this holiday season due to a microchip shortage, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is suggesting holiday gift alternatives that will help kids boost their language and learning, social skills, and imaginations—at any age.

“For holiday gift giving, ASHA has customarily encouraged families to embrace low-tech toys because they can contribute to children’s development in many ways,” said ASHA President A. Lynn Williams, PhD, CCC-SLP. “They include boosting their vocabularies, conversation and turn taking skills, socialization, ability to solve problems, imagination, creativity, attention spans, and more.”

Williams continued: “Given the supply chain and manufactur

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Connection Vs. Comparison - 10 Action Items For Parents In Navigating The Challenges Of Social Media Use

Following the Wall Street Journal’s recent report, which revealed that Facebook’s own research indicates that Instagram can be harmful for teenage girls, parents may be left feeling overwhelmed. While there is still much research to be done to understand the nuances of social media’s impacts on young people, experts agree that there are social media best practices that every caregiver should keep in mind. To help parents support their children, especially their teenage daughters, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development has invited a distinguished panel of interdisciplinary researchers, clinicians, educators, and experts to share their recommendations for working together with your teens to ensure they have the healthiest social media experience possible.


Research shows that teens and millennials use social m

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