Better Speech and Hearing Month
Today is the last day of April and tomorrow begins May, or what SLP's across the globe lovingly refer to as "Better Speech and Hearing Month"! This year the slogan for BSHM is "Helping People Communicate". In order to properly kick off the month, today's post offers a list of ideas and resources for speech therapists to utilize during OUR special time of year!
- To begin, here is the link to ASHA's Better Speech and Hearing webpage, \which offers several wonderful resources to help therapists promote and embrace the message of the month. This link includes a BSHM poster as well as an exciting catalog full of bags, mugs, t-shirts and more to outwardly endorse BSHM! Display the poster in your speech office or in the school halfway. Spread the word to staff, parents and the students that it is Better Speech and Hearing Month!
If you would like to really increase speech and language awareness in your workplace and make some needed changes or improvements, here are some additional ideas:
- Have a Fundraiser! Is the speech department at your school in need of some new supplies? Are there tools that you need that would help to make therapy more effective and useful for the children? BSHM is the perfect opportunity to have a bake sale for the speech department and raise some money that can go directly to the needs of the children who receive speech and language services.
- Be a Resource for Staff and Parents! This month is the perfect opportunity to provide a training for teachers who may have students with speech and language needs. Show them how to utilize augmentative communication more in their classroom or how to improve their responses to children with language delays. Reconnect with the parents of your students by sending home a few informative handouts about how to stimulate better communication at home. The possibilities are endless!
- Get Your Students Involved! Have your speech and language students draw a picture about speech class and hang them around the school! Have a speech and language party so all the children in speech class can meet each other and know that they have a common bond! Or have your students bring a friend to their next therapy session so they can tell them about all they learn when they come to see you!
Whatever you do, have fun this month and capture the opportunity to be creative and think beyond your usual job description!
Please share how YOU choose to honor Better Speech and Hearing Month this May!