May is National Better Hearing and Speech Month!
Speech and language are critical to social development as well as academic and career success, yet over 14 million Americans remain affected by speech and language disorders. This annual event provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing.
As a speech-language therapy provider, Laughlin Children’s Center is teaming up with the national and state Speech-Language-Hearing Associations during the month of May to promote awareness and initiatives. This year’s theme, Listen Up, Speak Up, Stand Up, focuses on the relationship between bullying and stuttering. Research done for the British Journal of Special Education showed that 82% of children with stuttering reported being bullied.
To help create more understanding, Laughlin is participating in fun educational activities for elementary and middle school students. Children in kindergarten through third grade can enter a coloring contest, and children in fourth through sixth grades can enter an essay contest, as well as a drawing contest for sixth grade only. Details and materials can be found at PSHA’s website.
Participants must mail their entries by May 20 to Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association (PSHA), 700 McKnight Park Drive, Suite 708, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. First place winners will receive a cash prize of $30; two runners up will be chosen for each of the three contests to receive $10.
Stay tuned with Laughlin throughout the month for more Better Speech & Hearing initiatives, fun facts, and events!
Children in grades K - 3 can download the picture above to participate in PSHA's poster contest!