Celebrating National Speech & Language Month
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
Imagine not being able to communicate simple thoughts like “Thank you” or “Tell me a story.” For millions of Americans with speech and language disorders, this is reality. For them, words don’t come easily. They have to work everyday just to express their needs, wants, and ideas.
Speech and language problems can affect anyone of any age at any time. Young children can have a speech or language delay that limits early learning. Older people can have aphasia following stroke or brain injury, a condition that leaves them unable to express thoughts or understand others. People of all ages can have problems with their voice.
Speech and language problems are serious. They isolate the individual from others and frustrate their efforts to learn and grow. No one has to accept a speech or language problem. Proper treatment can eliminate or minimize its impact.
For more information on speech and language conditions or treatment options, consult a Speech-Language Pathologist in your community this May, “Better Hearing and Speech Month”. And the next time you say “I love you,” remember, not everyone can.
The Goodall Hospital Rehabilitation Services Department has Speech-Language Pathologist that provide comprehensive assessments and treatments for communication and swallowing disorders. The Pathologists are Maine licensed and American Speech and Language Hearing Association (ASHA) Certified Providers. Call 207-490-7098 to inquire about referrals.