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May 20

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech month! Here are some concerns and tips for
improving your child or student’s speech, language, and hearing skills for our
first week of May.

-Children must be provided with stimulation to promote and increase development
of speech and language skills. Increase the quantity of verbal interaction with
your child/students. Describe and label often to provide a model.

-The second most common reason for special education services in public schools
is speech/language impairment (ASHA, 2015). Collaborate with your school or
clinic’s Speech-Language Pathologist to understand how speech and language
skills can impact your child/students academic and social performance.

-“By the first grade, roughly 5% of children have noticeable speech disorders”
(NIDCD, 2010). By first grade children/students should have developed all
phonemes with the exception of r, th, s, and z. These sounds should be emerging.

-By the end of first grade children/students should be able to answer “who,
what, when, where, and why” questions. Provide frequent comprehension checks
while reading aloud to your child/students or when the child/student is reading
independently. Ask students questions that go beyond the text for a deeper level
of understanding. Use visual supports when possible.

-With the increase in rigor from State Standards in Speaking and Listening,
students are expected to comprehend and collaborate with diverse partners by
participating in conversations and discussions, following agreed-upon rules,
building on others’ points, asking for clarification, and asking and answering
questions. Speech-Language Pathologists have extensive knowledge regarding the
underpinnings of language. SLPs can provide ideas for accommodations,
modifications, and interventions relating to speaking and listening skills.

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