As a school-based SLP, I usually celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by creating an activity to use with my students and a classroom lesson for teachers. But what about raising awareness with our co-workers? So this year, I created an activity I’m using with my ASHA co-workers and thought you might like to share it in your school, private practice, office, health care facility or community-based organization meeting during the month of May!
This BHSM game is a takeoff on Family Feud. First, divide your group into “families.” Ask each family to determine their spokesperson. They can also select family names or simply use the color of the marker they use to keep score—The Red Family, The Blue Family—on a white board.
As the host, you read a question and move from family to family for responses. Each family gets one response opportunity before you move on to the next team. If they respond correctly, give them five points. If they are incorrect, no points. Play continues on a given question until teams give all correct answers or they get three strikes. You can pre-load the targeted answers on a screen and reveal them once teams finish answering or strike out. I then shared additional fun facts or information on the topic.
I posted slides of my questions and answers on ASHA’s BHSM page and you can see them below:
- Name 10 conditions that can cause acquired hearing loss in children:
- Ear infections
- Medications that are toxic to the ear
- Chicken pox
- Head injury
- Noise exposure
- How can I tell if I am listening to dangerous noise levels?
- You must raise your voice to be heard.
- You can’t hear someone three feet away from you.
- Speech around you sounds muffled or dull after you leave the noisy area.
- You have pain or ringing in your ears (tinnitus) after listening to loud noise.
- Shake head “no”
- Blow kisses
- Raise arms (to be picked up)
- Coughing during or right after eating or drinking
- Wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
- Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
- Food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth
- Recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating
- Weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm and/or leg
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or difficulty understanding speech
- Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Reduce potentially distracting background noises—turn off the radio or TV, close the door or move to a quieter place.
- Talk about familiar subjects such as family members and special interests of the person.
- Keep sentences and questions short.
- Give older persons a moment to reminisce. Their memories are important to them.
- Allow extra time for responding.
- Give choices to ease decision-making: “Do you want tea or coffee?” rather than, “What do you want to drink?”
- Read to your child every day.
- Point out words you see, such as signs in the grocery store, school and outside.
- Speak to your child in the language you know best.
- Listen and respond when your child talks.
- Give your child time to answer questions.
- Set limits for watching TV and using electronic media and make time for talking and reading together.
Feel free to make up your own series of questions and answers based on your specialty. Use ASHA’s Practice Portal or public pages to find questions and answers appropriate for your co-workers’ understanding of professions related to communications sciences and disorders.
How are you celebrating BHSM? Share your ideas and activates in the comment section below!
Stacey Ellison Glasgow, MA, CCC-SLP, is associate director of school services in speech-language pathology for ASHA. firstname.lastname@example.org