Welcome to Week 2 of Better Hearing & Speech Month! This week, the conversation shifts to communication disorders in toddlers and preschoolers.

Feeding and swallowing disorders are the special focus during Week 2. Toddlers who have difficulty feeding may suffer from a swallowing disorder; this is also more prevalent in premature babies. Although some degree of problems is to be expected, lasting issues could indicate a feeding or swallowing disorder. Even picky eating or food-related tantrums may be a sign that infants are having trouble eating or swallowing. In addition to performing speech and hearing evaluations, speech-language pathologists can perform tests to better determine the processes occurring in a child’s mouth and throat when they eat.

The following articles from the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groupsaddress a wide range of issues for toddlers and preschoolers, including feeding and swallowing disorders as well as word-learning and social issues.

For more information on communication or feeding and swallowing disorders in toddlers, be sure to visit ASHA’s BHSM page for sharable resources. To keep up with BHSM topics and resources, follow @ASHAWeb, @ASHAJournals, and @SIGPerspectives on Twitter!