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May 29, 2013

Better Hearing and Speech Month

As May comes to a close, I wanted to ensure that I made mention of one of my favorite moments of the year: Better Hearing and Speech Month! I love the new logo, the new look, and the new focus on professional advocacy and awareness.  I feel like I'm a bit late in posting about this event since the month of May is almost over, but better late than never, right?

One of the things I love most about the profession I am about to embark in, is that a large emphasis is placed upon SLP's to promote awareness to our communities.  This endeavor can take the form of information sharing, collaboration, screenings (sometimes offered free during this month), shared therapy materials, in-service lectures, etc.  ASHA maintains that the key to a successful BHSM is that "awareness is raised about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing."

Here are some great resources to celebrate BHSM:

ASHA Flyer
BHSM Activities Booklet
BHSM Water Bottle Labels from The Speechie Freebie Blog
BHSM Bookmarks: Hearing Loss from Heather Speech Therapy Blog
BHSM Bookmarks: Voice from Heather Speech Therapy Blog
BHSM Bookmarks: Fluency from Heather Speech Therapy Blog
BHSM Bookmarks: Language from Heather Speech Therapy Blog
Lots of materials to promote BHSM month from Speech of
Who better to celebrate BHSM month than with Super Duper, Inc?
Cooking up good speech Blog has some great recipes to make SUCCESS cookies!
Check out what Pinterest has to share for BHSM

Since I got a late start to blogging about BHSM this year, I'm glad I can share a few fun tidbits with you and I hope that by this time next year, I can create my OWN fun freebies to share and promote within the SLP and communication disorder professional community!

Happy better hearing and speech month!

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