May is Better Speech and Hearing Month
This month-long event is aimed to increase public awareness of communication disorders and the roles that speech-language pathology professionals and audiologists play in mitigating these disorders.
Many parents do not recognize the early signs of a critical health issue: communication disorders. Speech, language, and hearing disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. This month, during the national observance of Better Hearing and Speech Month,the IMESD encourages parents to take stock of their child’s communication health. Sometimes, problems achieving academically, or social or behavioral issues in school, may be the result of an undiagnosed speech or hearing disorder. It is important for parents to be attuned to the early warning signs of these conditions.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), through its Identify the Signs campaign, offers many resources to help parents learn about these disorders. Visit http://identifythesigns.org to learn more about what to watch for and treatment options. You can find helpful resources from another ASHA initiative, the Listen To Your Buds campaign, at www.facebook.com/listentoyourbuds.
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech or hearing, please feel free to contact us.
InterMountain Education Service District proudly employs:
- 20 Speech and Language Pathologists
- 9 Speech and Language Pathology Assistants
- 1 Audiologist
- 2 Audiometric Technicians
These awesome individuals serve approximately 1,040 students in the schools and an additional 280 children in Early Education Programs.