The Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech" is the inspiration for ASHA's 2011 Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) video contest. Based on the true story of King George VI, who stuttered, the movie follows the monarch's quest to find his voice with help from a pioneering speech-language pathologist.
Individuals at least 10 years old are invited to submit an original video depicting what it's like to be a person who has difficulty speaking or hearing. The entry also should show the importance of understanding how that person feels and how others can help. The deadline for the video submission is April 26.
Videos will be judged on originality, creativity, and relevance to the topic. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners. In addition, the first- and second-place winners will each receive an MP3 player with active noise-cancelling headphones. Each of the winning videos will be highlighted on the BHSM website throughout May.
To help youngsters better understand the importance of good speech, language, and hearing, ASHA is unveiling its fifth annual national BHSM drawing contest for students 10 years of age and younger.
In response to the contest theme "Why are Good Communication Skills so Important?" students are encouraged to submit an original artwork using mixed media including crayons, markers, and paints. The submission is May 16.
First-place artwork will be used for ASHA's 2012 BHSM downloadable screensaver; second- and third-place entries will be featured on the BHSM website. Winners also will receive a variety of BHSM products as well as an MP3 player.
For complete video and drawing contest rules, go to the "Contests" section on the BHSM website.