Now in its 76th year, Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM) is doing its part to raise awareness in patients of all ages, living with communication disorders that affect speaking, understanding or hearing. In the last few years, over 40 million Americans have been diagnosed with deficiencies as a result of these issues, and rely on speech language pathologists to improve their quality of life.
This Better Speech and Hearing Month, Find Ways to Educate the General Public
According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders, nearly a third of the 28 million people with reported hearing loss are American youth. Thanks to the intervention and dedication of speech language pathologists, these children are far less likely to suffer from learning problems down the road. Make part of your SLP job, promoting awareness of what causes induced hearing loss in teens and encourage your adolescent patients to “turn it down!” when they listen to their iPods and TV.
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Learn More About BSHM Resources
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has published free BSHM resources for 2011. Check out these and other methods of spreading awareness, some highlights of which include displaying a special calendar in your office for May that features one SLP fact per day, and visiting your local library to encourage a display of speech and hearing books that celebrate BSHM. But when May is over, there’s no reason to stop promoting better speech and hearing! For those speech language pathologists working close to Alabama SLP jobs, mark your calendars for June, when Helen Keller’s birthplace in Tuscumbia, Alabama, holds its annual Hellen Keller festival, celebrating her positive impact on the lives of the deaf-blind around the world. If you’re a travel therapist who can make the trip, it's an experience you’ll never forget!