• May is better hearing and speech month.

    Posted by Ilene Ganzman on 5/1/2012

    May is Better Speech and Hearing Month

    Speech-Language Pathology 

    Anything that hurts your ability to communicate limits your life. If you have problems expressing your ideas or understanding others, call a speech-language pathologist this May, Better Hearing and Speech Month.
     
    Anything that imparis your ability to communicate limits your life.  Yet 14 million Americans have a speech or language problem, and many do not know that they can be helped. 

     
    If you stutter, have problems pronouncing certain sounds, or don't always understand what people say to you, you could have a speech or language problem.
    People of all ages have these problems. With proper treatment you can eliminate or minimize their impact. If you need to know more about speech and language problems, call a speech-language pathologist this May, Better Hearing and Speech Month. To find a certified speech-language pathologist, phone 1-800-638-8255.

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    aren works twice as hard as her college classmates to get through the same textbook. Bobby's grade school teacher says he's bright but is a discipline problem.

    Mike is conscientious, but when his boss gives simple verbal instructions, he gets confused. These people have speech and language problems. They are among the one in six Americans with communication disorders.

    Without help, they fail in school and work. With help, their success has no limits. Learn more by calling a certified speech-language pathologist in your community.

    Imagine not being able to communicate simple thoughts like "Thank you" or "Tell me a story." For millions of Americans with speech and language disorders, this is reality. For them, words don't come easily.

    Speech and language disorders range from stuttering or extreme hoarseness to an inability to speak or remember words.

    For more information, consult a speech-language pathologist in your community. And the next time you say "I love you," remember, not everyone can.
     
    Talk is not cheap. Ask the 14 million Americans who have a speech or language problem. They have to work everyday just to express their needs, wants, and ideas.

    Speech and language problems can affect anyone of any age at any time. Young children can have a language delay that limits early learning. Older people can have aphasia following stroke, a condition that leaves them unable to express thoughts. People of all ages can stutter or have problems with their voice.

    Speech and language problems are serious. They isolate us from other people and frustrate our efforts to learn and grow. Nobody has to accept a speech or language problem. Proper treatment can eliminate or minimize its impact.

    If you or someone you care about has a problem speaking or understanding, find out if the cause is a speech or language disorder. Consult a speech-language pathologist this May, Better Hearing and Speech Month. To find a certified speech-language pathologist call 1-800-638-8255.

    Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
     
    You are listening to the radio right now. Throughout the day you talk to family, friends, and colleagues. You use your hearing and speech all the time. You probably take them for granted.

    But illness or accidental injury can impair your ability to hear and talk. Anyone, of any age, can be affected at any time. If you suspect a hearing or speech problem, call an audiologist or speech-language pathologist this May, Better Hearing and Speech Month.

    Listen for a minute. I'm talking to you. You listen and talk all the time. But when is the last time you really thought about it?

    May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, the perfect time to communicate some important information about hearing and speech. One in six Americans has a hearing, speech, or language problem--a condition that makes it difficult to communicate with others. Untreated, these problems can limit you at home, school, and work. Anyone, of any age, can have or develop an impairment of the ability to hear, speak, or understand effectively.

    Treatment to eliminate or minimize communication problems is available. If you suspect a hearing, speech, or language problem, call an audiologist or speech-language pathologist this May, Better Hearing and Speech Month.

     
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  • Communication Skills

    Posted by Ilene Ganzman on 10/19/2011
    talking Good communication skills are very important.  It is necessary to practice your speech and language skills for five minutes a day rather than to wait and review your goals for thirty minutes at the end of the week.  "Practice makes perfect."  Good speech and language are critical for everyday use.  Apply good social skills.  Let's learn to be fluent!  Language and literacy are a great combination.  While reading aloud try to also look into a mirror when speaking for extra help improving your articulation.  Do your homework and don't leave home without it.
     
     
     Effective communication is timeless and ageless.
     
     
     
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  • Addressing Communication Disorders

    Posted by Ilene Ganzman on 10/19/2011

    Parents Advised On How To Detect Communications Disorders In Their Children

    Although more than 5 million children in the United States have a speech, language, and hearing disorder, parents are often uninformed and unsure about what to do when they suspect their child. This May, and every May since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has used the May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) celebration to provide parents with information about communication disorders to help ensure that they do not seriously affect their children's ability to learn, socialize with others, and be successful in school.

    Speech and language problems can occur at any time in a child's life. They can be caused by accidental injury, illness, or inherited by birth. Child speech and language problems include:

    • Stuttering
    • Articulation problems ("wabbit" instead of "rabbit")
    • Language disorders such as the slow development of vocabulary, concepts, and grammar.
    • Voice disorders (nasal, breathy, or horse voice and speech that is too high or low)

    Parents who suspect their child has a communication disorder should see an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. These professionals identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, private practice, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, health departments, research laboratories, and other health education settings.

    "Fortunately, most children with speech, language, and hearing problems can be helped," according to Catherine Gottfred, PhD, speech-language pathologist and ASHA President. "Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach the child strategies to help them cope with their communication disorders, or provide them with the appropriate technology. By promoting Better Hearing and Speech Month, we hope parents will learn about communication disorders, what they can do to help their children, and how speech-language pathologists and audiologists can help with their child's communication disorders."

    Meanwhile, hearing loss, like speech and language problems, can have a negative impact on a child's social and academic development. Communication disorders like hearing loss in children can occur at birth or as a child grows older due to chronic ear infections or exposure to noise. The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child's life, the more serious the effects have on the child's development.

    Typical signs of a hearing loss in children include:

    • Inconsistently responding to sound
    • Delayed language and speech development
    • Unclear speech
    • Sound is turned up on electronic equipment (radio, TV, cd player, etc.)
    • Does not follow directions
    • Often says "Huh?"
    • Does not respond when called
    • Frequently misunderstands what is said and wants things repeated

    As a first step, people who think their child is displaying many of these warning signs and think they may have hearing loss or other hearing disorders should see a certified audiologist. These professionals specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing, and treating hearing disorders. Also, they provide treatment for hearing loss including fitting hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, and they can teach children with hearing loss how to concentrate on hearing all sounds.

    ASHA recommends that children at risk for hearing loss, such as those who suffer from chronic ear infections or in cases where there is a family history of hearing loss, be screened by a certified audiologist as frequently as needed to ensure they are hearing well. Otherwise, for children ages 5-18, hearing screenings should occur on initial entry into school and annually in kindergarten through 3rd grade as well as in the 7th and 11th grades.

    Parents who think their children may have a speech, language, or hearing disorder or know of a loved one who has a communication disorder should access ProSearch, ASHA's online directory of audiology and speech-language pathology programs, to find an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist or audiologist in their area.

    ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 130,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. For free information or to locate an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist or audiologists, consumers may call 800-638-8255 or visit www.asha.org.

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