In addition to it being Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM), this week is also National Stuttering Awareness Week! ASHA partnered with the Stuttering Foundation to raise awareness among parents and other caregivers about the warning signs of stuttering and the need for early intervention. The Stuttering Foundation has information and resources about National Stuttering Awareness Week which you can use throughout the year to raise awareness about stuttering.
In addition to the hundreds of tweets this past week about BHSM, here are just a few of the many blog posts featuring BHSM ideas:
- Consonantly Speaking cultivated a great list of free printables for BHSM.
- The Pediastaff blog lists more great resources for BHSM.
- Heather Gehringer, CCC-SLP, created a calendar for BHSM planning, which is posted on her blog, Heather’s Speech Therapy.
- The Apraxia Adventures blog has a great idea for raising awareness about apraxia during BHSM–31 facts about childhood apraxia of speech that you can share throughout the month and beyond.
- Not a blog post but a terrific idea to promote BHSM on Facebook and Twitter, Beginnings of North Carolina is running a “Donate your status” campaign throughout the month. They make sharing BHSM facts as easy as retweeting/sharing their daily posts.
- The image above is by Jakhai Ellerbe from New York City, who won first place in last year’s ASHA’s annual BHSM Drawing Contest. You can download the screen saver [link is executable file], and also have your students enter the 2012 BHSM drawing contest–details and complete contest rules are available on the ASHA website.
Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.