Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 5

Second place winner of the BHSM Drawing Contest--by Paul Gammaitoni, Age 7

Sadly, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) has come to a close! So many great posts, articles, events, tweets and stories shared–the messages will undoubtedly resound well beyond this one month. Here are just a few of the many great posts we noticed from this last week of BHSM:

  •  The Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association produced five podcasts in honor of BHSM examining issues relevant to SLPs and audiologists.
  • Even the Department of Defense’s Hearing Center of Excellence got involved in highlighting the importance of BHSM, sharing plans to embark on a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of noise later this year.
  • The Technology in (Spl) Education blog featured many SLP guest posts throughout May in honor of BHSM.
  • The Standford School of Medicine blog Hearing Loss Cure posted a great summary of  more BHSM efforts undertaken by various organizations, and reminded us of the importance of keeping the spirit of BHSM alive throughout the year.

Thanks again to all who commented on the week 1 , week 2 week 3 and week 4 roundup posts–please share any last BHSM blog posts and other resources in the comments.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 4

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First place winner of the 2012 BHSM drawing contest--by Aiza Javaid, age 6

Closing in on the end of Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) and it’s been amazing to see all the online buzz focused on hearing and speech! There have been hundreds of tweets, many blog posts, and equally many Facebook posts highlighting facts about BHSM. Here are just a few  of the many great posts we noticed from this past week:

Also, congratulations to the 2012 BHSM Drawing Contest winners! The drawing above was the first place winner, done by Aiza Javaid, age 6, from Aldie, Virginia.

Thanks to all who commented on the week 1 , week 2  and week 3 roundup posts–please continue to share other BHSM blog posts and other resources in the comments.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 3


So many Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) posts and so little space to share them all! Thanks to all who commented on the week 1 and week 2 roundup posts–it’s great to see so many actively engaged in promoting BHSM in innovative, fun ways.
Here are just a few of the many posts we’ve seen this past week:
  • Carole Zangari, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is devoting this month’s strategy of the month posts to helping SLPs develop  PrAACtical Learning and Resource Networks.
  • Brenda Gorman, PH.D., CCC-SLP, reminds us that BHSM is a great time to spread the word about the CSD professions, on the Lingua Health blog.
  • The UHS-Pruitt Corporation website devoted this month’s Wellness Tips section to BHSM, focusing on hearing and hearing safety.
  • The National Initiative for Healthcare Quality highlights their infant hearing screening program in recognition and celebration of BHSM.
  • Not a blog post, but last week, Pat Ritter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Executive Director, The Treatment & Learning Centers and Greg Weimann, MBA, ASHA  Manager of Public Relations, conducted a live online chat for ASHA members that focused on marketing one’s services as part BHSM.  The questions ran the gambit from inquiries about the best ways to reach physicians and other referral sources to questions about starting a new practice, hours of operations, and even how to market an open house. Here’s an except from the chat:

Q: How would you market an open house? What would you suggest having at an open house besides staff/brochures/possible videos?

Greg: For the open house, I would invite the local media. Take pictures if media doesn’t come and send the photos. I would have food, demonstrations, videos and perhaps have patients that you have helped tell their stories.

Pat: Make the open house personal. Have lunch and chat about your services. This is best. You can have the brochures etc. to take away. Think of what you like, conversation, interaction a good feel. Market through flyers, letter and personal calls. We do these and with everyone so busy it is hard to get people to come. Personal invites are best OR give value. Do a one hour workshop that would draw people in and then talk about your practice for 10 minutes.

ASHA members can access the full archive of the online chat here.

Share your blog posts or other resources in the comments and we’ll continue sharing them each Thursday throughout May.

(The poster pictured above was included in the March 13, 2012 issue of the ASHA Leader. For more free BHSM resources like coloring pages, book marks, door hangers and more, visit the BHSM section of the ASHA website.)

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

 

 

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup–Week 2

 

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.
Share your blog posts or other resources in the comments and we’ll continue sharing them each Thursday throughout May.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

 

 

 

Better Hearing & Speech Month Roundup Week 1

Happy Better Hearing & Speech Month! This May marks the 85th anniversary of Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. ASHA offers many resources for BHSM, and with each passing year, more and more SLPs, audiologists, and others interested in CSD are using social media to share ideas for celebrating BHSM.

Twitter is a great way to hear what others are doing to celebrate BHSM. You can follow the #BHSM hashtag on Twitter or just bookmark this link and check it throughout the month to follow the conversations about BHSM on Twitter. We’ve also started a Better Hearing & Speech Month Ideas board on Pinterest, where we’ll be pinning/re-pinning resources and ideas we see throughout the month.

Each week throughout May ASHAsphere will be highlighting some of the blog posts and other resources we’ve found using these social media sources. Here are just a few of the many posts we’ve seen this week:

  • Christopher Bugaj, MA CCC-SLP, did his annual A.T. TIPSCAST podcast and accompanying blog post about language-based curriculum, dedicated to BHSM.
  • Dan P McLellan, CCC-SLP, did a post about BHSM in his new blog, Speechguy.
  • Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP, lists some BHSM resources on the Advance  Early Intervention Speech Therapy blog.
  • Canadian SLP Skye Blue Angus has a great May Month (Canada’s Speech and Hearing Month) photo of the day challenge on her blog, CREE-ZY, CRAZY SPEECHIE.
  • Lisa M. Geary, MS, CCC-SLP created printable information pages SLPs can share with parents, teachers and other educators, along with some other BHSM resources, on Livespeaklove.

Share your blog posts or other resources in the comments and we’ll continue sharing them each Thursday throughout May.

 

Maggie McGary is the online community & social media manager at ASHA, and manages ASHAsphere.

Confessions of an SLP During Better Hearing and Speech Month

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May is “Better Hearing and Speech” month. As a professional, it’s an exciting time for me to share my passion to increase awareness about communication sciences and disorders. I have loved every moment of seeing articles, hearing radio interviews and also listening to TV personalities talk about fluency disorders after watching The King’s Speech. Fabulous!

But, I confess that I have an ulterior motive. I am a speech-language pathologist. I am confident in my ability to diagnose and intervene with communication disorders. My first love in the field was working with aphasics in the hospital to help them remember that they have a voice. My professional path led me to working in the schools with children to help them find their voice. I love this field. I don’t think that I was too bad at it either. I loved clinical practice.

My first confession is that I don’t need to go anywhere to practice. Both of my children and my husband all have a communication disorder, of some sort. My husband is a person who stutters. He received services in the schools as a child. He isn’t often disfluent. Only when he is anxious or when very tired. My daughter has some pragmatic differences secondary to ADHD. She needs reminders not to isolate herself and to talk to others. My son has been receiving articulation and language intervention since he was two. At two, he had a few words, but his connected speech consisted of one almost word: “biggum”. He would excitedly tell me about his day with perfect prosody using “biggum” over and over again. I had no clue what he was saying. He is going into 7th grade next year. The only thing left on his IEP is very stubborn distorted vocalic r.

My next confession is that I couldn’t fix them. As much success I felt as a professional, I felt like a failure as a mother and as a wife. My days are filled with intervention tips and tricks. I have tried everything that I know how to do, yet they all still struggle with communication. It was very difficult as a young mother and wife. Now that I am slightly more seasoned, I have come to look at the strengths that come with it. I can very much relate to the parents that I speak to. I know what their nights are like when their children can’t follow one step direction. Although, universally, I will say that they really do understand “Clean your room” and “Do your homework” after the first 100 times you ask. That’s just choice. But, I know the tears and the frustrations. I know the exhaustion. I know the prayers that you have to just help your loved ones be able to express themselves.

For years, I thought that I failed them. I felt that they were worse despite of all of training and expertise. A very wise person reminded that maybe they are better because of my training and expertise. May be the patience and love that I can provide them helps them be more confident to try the techniques taught to them by other professionals, their SLPs.

So, as your colleague, I appreciate and value the work that we do together to advance ASHA’s vision of making effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all. As a parent, from the bottom of my heart, I value the work that you do to help my family find their voice.

Andrea “Deedee” Moxley, CCC-SLP, is Associate Director for Multicultural Resources at ASHA. She worked at Montgomery County Public Schools prior to coming to the National Office. Deedee is responsible for responding to technical assistance questions, developing resources for working with diverse populations and co-managing the S.T.E.P. Mentoring Program. Her areas of interest include cultural competence, bilingualism and health literacy.

Better Hearing and Speech Month Ideas

Better hearing and speech month logo

As you undoubtedly already know, May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), a month dedicated to raising awareness about communication disorders and to promoting treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing. Of course ASHA offers many resources for BHSM, but the prevalence of social media sharing means that you can also tap into lots of other resources and learn about how others are spreading the word about BHSM.

Wondering how to access  this wealth of information? One way is to follow the #BHSM hashtag on Twitter. Not sure what a hashtag is, or don’t want to bother using Twitter? No worries–just bookmark this link and check it throughout the month to follow the conversations about BHSM on Twitter.

Here are a few blog posts and other resources pulled from the #BHSM Twitter stream this past week:

If you have other blog posts or resources to share, please leave a comment. Every Friday during May ASHAsphere will do a roundup highlighting some of the previous week’s shared BHSM resources.