May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) – 2013, “Helping People Communicate”
It is soon that time of year again for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists to assist our national organization, the American Speech & Hearing Association, in increasing awareness to our two very important fields of practice. With U.S. health care reform at the forefront and the never-ending battle with insurance carriers denying our very specialized services (I just wrote another appeal letter on behalf of a patient today), educating, manifesting discussions related to our fields and drawing increased attention to what we do is essential. Knowledge is power. We all need to come together to educate our local, state, and federal government officials to help, not hinder us in doing what we do to help people communicate.
We are doing what we can in our corner of the world in our practice to honor BHSM. It is our hope to bring awareness and educate people not only in May, but throughout the year. Here are some of the things we are doing to spread the word:
- All year long we are helping a local non-profit organization (Encompass) through financial donations and collecting gently used shoes and clothes for the two annual drives they have which help local families in need.
- Currently we are collecting already-read magazines from families coming to our clinic and within our local community to take to Seattle Children’s Hospital to be distributed amongst their many waiting rooms in honor of Gavin – Chasing Rainbows.
- May 1st – May 31st, we are offering free speech-language screens both in the clinic and off-site. Macaroni Kid Snoqualmie Valley Calendar of Events .
- We will continuously be displaying informational cards about our clinic on our local community boards, in pediatrician offices, daycares, preschools, etc.
We love what we do. We love watching all levels of progress and being part of the celebrations. We love getting to know the families and children we serve. We love collaborating. We love “Helping People Communicate!”