Archive for May, 2012

May 23rd, 2012

Celebrate May

In my household there are 2 birthdays in my immediate family and 4 more in my extended family.  Including Mother’s Day and a couple of wedding anniversaries there’s a lot of celebrating.  I put up the balloons and a Happy Birthday banner and just leave them there for the whole month.

In the rest of the world May is speech and hearing awareness month.  As communication specialists we try to raise awareness about speech, language, hearing and swallowing issues. What’s there to celebrate?  There have been many changes over the 30 years I’ve been in the field.  Here’s my list of things to celebrate in May:

  • Earlier identification of speech and hearing problems.
  • Newborn hearing screening.
  • Better assessment of disorders such autism, voice and swallowing disorders.
  • Cochlear implants for the hearing impaired.
  • Better voice output devices for those who can’t speak.
  • More information about the best therapy techniques.
  • Way more information about how the brain works.

We still have lots to learn.  That’s what I love about this field. For more information about speech and hearing awareness check out: