Better Hearing & Speech Month Is Here!
Today's post is a reminder that the month of May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM), and this year's theme is "Connecting People Through Communication." Today is May 1, and I thought the ideal way to kick off this month was to create a resource post for parents and therapists to easily access and utilize throughout this month and hopefully beyond!
Below is a list of websites that offer various information regarding Better Hearing & Speech Month. Some include activities you can use at home and in Early Intervention classrooms, while others offer promotional products to raise awareness about the important work speech-language pathologists and audiologists do every day!
- ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
On the ADVANCE website you can find: "Customized Better Hearing & Speech Month gifts and promotions. From customized gifts and apparel to party favors and decorations, ADVANCE Custom Promotions has dozens of Better Hearing & Speech Month gifts to celebrate your staff and promotions to attract attention to your profession. Choose from our hand-picked selection or browse our easy-to-shop product categories to find the gifts and promotions that are perfect for your event."
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
On the ASHA website you will find various "opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding or hearing. We have many resources to help you celebrate BHSM every day."
Also on the ASHA website you can find out who is tweeting about BHSM, as well as who in the press and public are speaking about our special month. For those creative therapists out there, the link to submit your ideas for the May 2013 slogan and logo is also up and running!
This website is celebrating BHSM by encouraging parents of young children "to take a close look at your child's communication skills. Forty-six million Americans, including 8 to 10 percent of our preschool children, have difficulty communicating. Research has shown that children with speech and language problems are more at risk for developing reading problems and may fall below their peers in academic achievement."
This link includes an online assessment for parents to take to help them determine whether or not their small child does indeed present with a speech and language disorder or delay.
This website is celebrating the month by "posting a fact about CAS (Childhood Apraxia of Speech) on Facebook each day during the month"!
Please write in and share how YOU are honoring Better Hearing & Speech Month!