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Better Speech and Hearing Month is observed in May each year to increase awareness about communication disorders and hearing health..

History of Better Speech and Language Month

The Better Speech and Language Month was founded in 1927 by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The aim of Better Speech and Language Month is to raise awareness around both speech and hearing problems while encouraging people to take a look at their own speech and hearing and to make a change in there is a problem.

For over nine decades, this month has been held, making people think about their hearing and speech.

Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with children and adults who have speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders.

Here are 8 areas where speech-language pathologists can help their patients:

  • Speech—People with speech problems may not say sounds clearly or smoothly. This may make it difficult for others to understand them.
  • Language—A person with a language disorder may have problems with expressing themselves, understanding others, and reading and/or writing.
  • Cognition—This can involve difficulties with attention, memory, problem-solving abilities, organizational skills, and judgment.
  • Voice—Hoarseness, breathiness, pain, frequent coughing, and other problems with a person’s voice may result from medical problems or from overuse or misuse (certain professions—like teachers, musicians, and coaches—are at greater risk).
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication—People may need or choose to use other ways to communicate besides talking. These include no- or low-tech and high-tech options such as pointing or gesturing, using picture boards, and using speech-generating devices.
  • Feeding and Swallowing—Difficulties may include coughing or gagging during meals, food or liquid leaking from the mouth, or food getting stuck in the mouth or throat. These difficulties may occur due to preterm birth, developmental disabilities, medical conditions, and illness and injury.
  • Gender-Affirming Voice and Communication—This area may focus on pitch, tone, vocal health, nonverbal communication, and more.
  • Communication Coaching—Some SLPs help with public speaking and communication style, which may include learning another accent.

Care First Rehab has the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in the region, treating patients in their homes and in our outpatient facilities.Learn more about speech therapy on our website or call   919-804-8736  .

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