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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Every May the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) takes the time to raise awareness of communication disorders and the role of those who treat these disorders. 

So what are Communication disorders?

                According to the ASHA a speech disorder occurs when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice.  Articulation disorders and stuttering are examples of speech disorders.  When a person has difficulty understanding others or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely then he or she has a language disorder.  Children or adults can have language disorders and they can be the result of a medical condition or have no known cause. 

Who can help?

                Speech Language Pathologists evaluate and treat individuals with a range of communication and swallowing disorders of all ages.  Audiologists provide diagnosis, treatment, and information on prevention for hearing, balance, and other auditory disorders for individuals of all ages.  

                Speech Disorders:

                                -Articulation – how you say speech sounds

                                -Phonology – the speech patterns we use

                                -Apraxia – difficulty planning and coordinating movements needed for


                                -Fluency – stuttering

                                -Voice – trouble with the way the voice sounds

                Language Disorders:

                                -Receptive Language – difficulty understanding language

                                -Expressive Language – difficulty using language

                                -Pragmatic Language – Social communication

                Other Disorders:

                                -Deafness/Hearing loss – Loss of hearing

                                -Oral-Motor disorders – weak tongue or lip muscles

                                -Swallowing/feeding disorders – difficulty chewing or swallowing

To learn more about Speech and Hearing check out the links below.



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