OTTAWA, May 3 /CNW/ - May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month. Many of us take our abilities to communicate for granted. Yet the
quality of our capacity to speak, hear and be heard is so much more
vital to our lives than most people realize. There are millions of
Canadian families living with these challenges every day.
The month of May has long been celebrated across North America to
applaud the triumphs of individuals with communication disorders and
recognize the professionals that assist them. Speech-language
pathologists, audiologists and supportive personnel are trained
professionals who work with people of all ages dealing with issues
related to speech, language, hearing, balance, swallowing and other
related disorders. Whether working with a hearing impaired child, an
adult stutterer or an elderly person after a stroke, their goal is to
help clients "Speak well, hear well, live well" and achieve a better
quality of life.
The Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists (CASLPA) represents more than 5,700 communication
professionals and dedicates the month of May to raising public
awareness of the professions and many issues surrounding communication
disorders. Watch for exciting May Month events in your community such
as hearing screenings, speech clinics and other activities listed on
our online coming events calendar at www.caslpa.ca/english/events/may.asp. We'll also be honouring 97 members, who will join 737 others that are
25 year members of the association. Check the CASLPA website to see who
is on the list from your community www.caslpa.ca/english/profession/25year_award.asp.
CASLPA is kicking off May Month 2011 with the launch of our first ever
Swallowing Awareness Day on Monday May 9. Feeding or swallowing
disorders (also known as dysphagia) affect infants, young children,
adults and the elderly in different ways and for a number of reasons
(reflux, down syndrome, cleft lip and palate, prematurity, cerebral
palsy, developmental delay, brain injury, stroke). Untreated feeding
and swallowing disorders can lead to malnutrition, dehydration,
pneumonia, delayed growth and development, social difficulties, airway
obstruction or even death. Speech-language pathologists play an
important role in treatment.
To find a professional near you or for regular news, updates, articles
and resources related to communication disorders, visit www.speechandhearing.ca, follow @CASLPA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CASLPA or fan us on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/caslpaonfacebook.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA)
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