May is Better Hearing and Speech Month: ASHA To Launch New Public Education Resources about Communication Disorders and Benefits of Early Intervention

May 01, 2014, 09:30 ET from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ROCKVILLE, Md., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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.

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This year's BHSM theme is "Communication Disorders Are Treatable" and the awareness effort will highlight four weekly 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 discussing communication disorders and their treatment hosted via Google+ Hangout on May 6 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EDT.
  • A Twitter party hosted by parenting blogger Michele McGraw (@scrappinmichele) on May 20 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT. ASHA experts will be on hand to discuss early detection of speech and hearing disorders in children.
  • Four topical podcasts related to the weekly BHSM themes.
    • Week 1: Newborn Hearing Screening – Dr. Patti Martin, Director of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Arkansas Children's Hospital
    • Week 2: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children – Dr. Jessica Rossi-Katz, Associate Professor of Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    • Week 3: Autism Diagnosis and Treatment – Dr. Patricia Prelock, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont
    • Week 4: Building Language and Literacy Skills During the Summer – Lyndsey Zurawski, 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

About 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.

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