Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) highlights Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) to raise awareness about communication disorders. Lack of awareness has been seen as the #1 barrier to early detection of communication disorders. Research has shown that early detection is critical to addressing communication disorders. Delayed intervention can result in delayed development and in poor academic or career performance.

The importance of human communication—talking, reading, listening and interacting—is essential to children’s overall development and academic and social success. The importance of human interaction is all the more true in this age of technology, in which “smart” devices occupy an ever-increasing amount of time, attention and prominence in the lives of infants to teens.

For information about early intervention services, visit the suite at the Hub, beginning at:
https://www.parentcenterhub.org/ei-overview/

For more information about early detection of communication disorders, visit ASHA’s website at http://www.asha.org/, as well as the following links:

Identify the Signs of Communication Disorders (Website)

Know the Signs of Speech and Language Disorders

2011 IDEA Part C Final Regulations: Analysis and  Issue Briefs