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May is Better Speech & Hearing Month – Google + and ASHA Free Event!

Each May, The American Speech Language Hearing Association offers a variety of events and resources to the public to bring attention to issues of Speech, Language and Hearing.  This year’s theme for Better Hearing and Speech Month, “Communication disorders are treatable,” is an extension of ASHA’s Identify the Signs campaign, which highlights the importance of early detection in treating and even reversing communication disorders.

In keeping with that theme, on Tuesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. EDT a Google+ Hangout On Air will discuss the importance of early intervention. This free online ASHA event will cover:

  • Newborn hearing screening and monitoring
  • Autism-related communication issues
  • Noise-induced hearing loss in children
  • Language and literacy skills for summer break

Please spread the word. Everyone is welcome to watch and be part of the discussion. To attend the Hangout, RSVP for the event on Google+.

This live broadcast will include ASHA President Elizabeth McCrea, as well as ASHA members from the speech-language pathology and audiology professions, along with representatives from Easter Seals and the U.S. Department of Education. They will answer questions from social media live, so attendees will want to be sure to join the conversation via Google+ and Twitter using the hashtag #BHSM.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By now you have already heard the news, new statistics reported by the Center for Disease Control report that 1 in 68 children were identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder (click here for full report), but did you know that this estimate is based on 8-year-old children living in 11 communities and does not represent the entire population of children in the United States!  These number identify trends, not everyday realities in every community!  The numbers range from from 1 in 175 children in areas of Alabama to 1 in 45 children in areas of New Jersey. Not good news, but also not indicative of every community.  More good news, about 80% of children identified with ASD either received special education services or had an ASD diagnosis from a clinician. Also, new data can be used to promote early identification, training, research, and inform policy so that children with ASD and their families get the help they need.  Click here for information from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association on identifying early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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