Early Intervention Counts! May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (#BHSM) and this year the theme is Early Intervention Counts. You’re talking to a preschool SLP here so I know just how important early intervention is!
A recent study in the journal Pediatrics showed a significant increase between 2001–2002 and 2010–2011 in disability associated with speech problems among U.S. children. Parents should never delay an assessment if they suspect a problem with their child’s speech or language. Early treatment is associated with a shorter and less expensive course of treatment. It is also more effective: Studies have shown that children who receive services prior to age 3 have better outcomes than those receiving services after age 5.
Let’s kick off the month with a quick and easy freebie! Just print this May Calendar and send it home with your students. It’s full of one quick and easy speech or language activity every day.
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SLPs the other fun way to get involved with ASHA and the BHSM activities is to join the Speaking Up for Communication contest! It’s an easy and fun way to use your social media to spread the word about communication disorders. Sign up here.
Stay tuned next week to see how I’m celebrating with the staff and students at my school! It’s sure you be funny and hopefully memorable for all involved!
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