Educating The Public About Communication Health
For many people, the simple act of communicating can be difficult. Significant numbers of older people, due to illness or age, struggle with speech, hearing, and swallowing. Every day, children are born with communication disorders that can hold them back educationally and socially.
The consumer affiliate of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the National Association for Hearing and Speech Action (NAHSA) is the one organization focused solely on educating the public about communication health.
Featuring members of ASHA's national network of audiologists and speech-language pathologists, NAHSA-supported initiatives provide the public—moms, dads, caregivers, teachers, and patients—with critical information for addressing and even preventing communication problems.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics and schools. Every school district across the United States has an SLP working with students who have a wide range of communication disorders, from stuttering to traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Audiologists are professionals who evaluate and treat hearing loss, tinnitus, balance, and related disorders, and recommend and provide appropriate treatment including hearing aids, audiologic rehabilitation, and hearing assistive technology systems. These are the professionals to look to for hearing screening and testing for individuals of all ages, from the youngest to the oldest patients.
NAHSA provides an easy way for consumers to find a qualified audiologist or speech-language pathologist through ASHA ProFind. The association is working on behalf of the public in other ways as well including
Vicki R. Deal-Williams, MA, CCC-SLP, FASAE, CAE
President, National Association for Hearing and Speech Action
Chief Executive Officer, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Selena A. Ramkeesoon, DM, MBA, PMP
Chief Staff Officer, Communications, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Joseph Cerquone, CAE
Executive Director, National Association for Hearing and Speech Action
Director of Public Relations, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L
Vice President of Practice Engagement and Capacity Building, American Occupational Therapy Association
Danielle Cooper MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Belmont Elementary School, Baltimore City Public Schools
Susan Yaffe-Oziel, MMS, CCC-A
Director of The Family Hearing Center, TLC—The Treatment and Learning Centers, Montgomery County Maryland
Every day, millions of Americans contend with one type of communication challenge or another. Chances are you either have dealt with one yourself or know someone who has. If so, you know the frustration, suffering, and expense that can burden individuals, families, and society alike.
Help NAHSA carry out its unique role of guarding the public’s communication health.
"Thanks for the informative chat! I'm going to share some of this info with my sister, who is expecting."
"I am learning a lot here today. Having a child with a speech problem is a challenge."
"The safe listening message of the Buds campaign is an extremely important one for our students to have heard. Many of our students have not only received it, but also retained it."
National Association for Hearing and Speech Action
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Rockville, MD 20850-3280