May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Better Hearing and Speech MonthTeam Communication Essentials is delighted to celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month. Each May, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) sponsors this annual event to provide 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. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association(ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

During this month, Team Communication Essentials has a variety of activities planned to recognize Better Hearing & Speech Month. We will be visiting many of our community partners to donate books to increase public awareness of the relationship between early literacy and language development. We will also provide our speech therapy team with literacy activites to share with our patients and families to help build strong language skills.

Team Communication Essentials will also sponsor a book drive to support R.E.A.D. for Houston (Recycle Engage And Donate), a local community organization that collects new and gently-used books to deliver to community centers that work with at-risk youth or promote early literacy through reading. Many centers, including area YMCA and Headstart facilities, have been past benefactors of R.E.A.D. for Houston projects. If you would like to support this effort, please contact our office.

During Better Hearing & Speech Month, we also take this opportunity to recognize the contributions of our amazing group of speech-language professionals. Our experienced team of pediatric speech-language pathologists and speech-language pathologist-assistants dilegently work to provide our patients with intensive language experiences to improve their overall communication skills. We work together to help our patients build essential communication skills to last a lifetime.

For more information regarding Better Hearing & Speech Month, please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website at www.asha.org.