During May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
(ASHA) will release new resources from the Identify the Signs campaign to educate the public about
the early signs of communication disorders and how early detection can help. View
a multimedia version of this press release.
This year's BHSM theme is "Communication Disorders Are Treatable," and the awareness effort will highlight four topics, including newborn hearing screening and follow-up, noise-induced hearing loss in children, communication issues related to autism, and language and literacy. Among the new resources from the Identify the Signs campaign:
- An online panel of experts
from ASHA, Easter Seals, and the Department of Education will discuss
communication disorders and their treatment via Google+ Hangout on
May 6 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. RSVP for the live event.
- A Twitter party hosted by
parenting blogger Michele McGraw (@scrappinmichele) on May 20 from noon to
1:00 p.m. EDT. ASHA experts will be on hand to discuss early detection of
speech and hearing disorders in children. No registration is required; those
interested in joining can follow the hashtag #BHSMChat at that time.
- A new infographic
illustrating the prevalence and cost of communication disorders, which can
be viewed at http://identifythesigns.org/the-facts/.
- Four topical podcasts
related to the weekly BHSM themes, which can be accessed at http://podcast.asha.org/.
- Week 1: Newborn Hearing
Screening—Patti Martin, PhD, CCC-A, director of audiology and speech pathology,
Arkansas Children's Hospital
- Week 2: Noise-Induced
Hearing Loss in Children—Jessica Rossi-Katz, PhD, CCC-A, associate professor
of speech, language, hearing sciences, Metropolitan State University of
- Week 3: Autism Diagnosis
and Treatment—Patricia Prelock, PhD, CCC-SLP, dean of the College of
Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont
- Week 4: Building Language
and Literacy Skills During the Summer—Lyndsey Zurawski, MS, CCC-SLP, speech-language
pathologist, Palm Beach County, Florida school district
ASHA encourages the public to sign the Universal
Declaration of Communication Rights to help bring attention to people with
communication disorders and the professional care that can help them.
For further information about the early warning signs of
communication disorders and where to go for help, visit IdentifyTheSigns.org.
the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association
for more than 173,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language,
and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support
personnel, and students. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing
hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment,
including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and
treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org/