Better Hearing and Speech Month
Throughout the day you talk to family, friends, and colleagues. You use your hearing and speech all the time. You probably take them for granted. Imagine not being able to communicate simple thoughts like "Thank you" or "Tell me a story." For many Canadians with speech and language disorders, this is reality. For them, words don't come easily. But when is the last time you really thought about it? May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, the perfect time to communicate some important information about hearing and speech.
Better Hearing and Speech Month is celebrated each May to raise public awareness of speech and language disorders that affect many Canadians. Speech and language disorders can take many forms and can limit academic achievement, social adjustment, and career advancement. An individual may be born with a speech or language disorder, or it may be caused by accidental injury or illness.
One in 10 Canadians has a hearing, speech, or language problem--a condition that makes it difficult to communicate with others. Anyone, of any age, can have or develop an impairment of the ability to hear, speak, or understand effectively. At any time, illness or accidental injury can impair your ability to hear and talk. Treatment to eliminate or minimize communication problems is available. The early stages of communication disorders are easier to spot when you know the signs. Early detection can improve treatment and quality of life, for more information visit, www.identifythesigns.org. If you suspect a hearing, speech, or language problem, contact a communication specialist such as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Communicative Disorders Assistant or Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing this May, Better Hearing and Speech Month.
The Niagara Catholic Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are hoping you will help celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) by joining the 21 Day Read Aloud Challenge. We are challenging all students, parents and caregivers to commit to building a daily 15 minute read aloud habit. Research shows that reading promotes literacy and language skills in children. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book; free with a library card - and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. You can find free e-books that can be accessed on a phone or tablet. Talk to your Classroom Teacher about accessing e-books through www.wuzzals.com, www.raz-kids.com, www.getepic.com and your local public library.
- The 21 Day Read Aloud Challenge is open to all students in virtual and in-person learning from Kindergarten to Grade 3.
- Sign up your child at https://www.readaloud.org/21daychallenge.html. Continue reading for at least 15 minutes per day for 21 days in a row.
- At the end of May, tell your Classroom Teacher that you have completed the reading challenge.
- All classes who have participated will be placed in a random draw. The winning class will receive a book for each student.
- You are welcome to post a photo or short video of you reading aloud with your child on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. You can use the tag @ReadAloud for Facebook, @ ReadAloud_org for Twitter or @read_aloud_15 for Instagram with #21DayReadAloud.
- Have fun reading and learning together!