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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

April 27, 2016



"communication takes care"

Dear parents, staff, and community members,

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! For that reason, the NESD speech-language pathologists (SLPs) would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone of the important role communication plays in an individual's development (academic and social).  Speech, language, and hearing disorders are among the most common disorders in school-aged children. If you have concerns surrounding your child's communication development please contact your school-based SLP.

Another pressing issue related to the field includes hearing damage. Unfortunately, the prevalence of hearing loss is steadily increasing. According to The Hearing Foundation of Canada, 1 in 5 teenagers are showing some degree of hearing loss. It is speculated that this is due to increased noise exposure from digital technology, personal communication devices, etc. (THFC, 2014). Noise induced hearing loss can be prevented! For more information on noise induced hearing loss, how hearing works, and much more visit:

The SLPs within the NESD play an active role within the school division. In addition to working directly with numerous students with communication difficulties, the SLPs assist with "building capacity" within the division. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, the SLPs have assisted with: classroom lessons focusing on language and literacy development, the Early Years Evaluation, and Help Me Tell My Story. Throughout the year, the SLPs have attended professional development events outside of the division. The SLPs then shared pertinent information with student support services personnel and diversity education teachers. Lastly, the SLPs have trained many early years educators on promoting the building blocks of emergent literacy through reading and conversation (ABC & Beyond, Hanen).

For information on speech-language development visit or visit the NESD SLP website