May is Speech and Hearing Month. Each year, Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) dedicates the month of May to raising public awareness about communication disorders and the professionals who can help. Speech-Language Pathologists are highly-trained professionals who are focused on the prevention, identification and management of communication disorders. Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted. Yet the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize.
Speech-Language Pathologists in the Strait Regional School Board contribute to school programming and provide services for students. They work closely with school staff, including school planning teams, teachers, teacher assistants, parents/guardians and outside agencies, such as the Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Clinic, to support the communication skills of students. Speech-Language Pathologists also work with students on their reading and writing skills to enhance literacy development. "Speech-Language Pathologists are valued members of our school teams who assist students with a wide range of communications needs to help them succeed in their school program," said Paul Landry, Director of Programs and Student Services for the Strait Regional School Board.
The School Board has developed a brochure specifically designed to answer the many questions parents/guardians may have related to Speech-Language Pathology services. The brochure, Speech-Language Pathology (S-LP) Services: A Guide for Parents/Guardians, can be accessed by clicking on this link or by contacting your local school or the School Board office. In addition, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada has developed an information piece on Language and Literacy Skills and has further resources available on the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada website.
Speech-Language Pathologists play a vital role in supporting students with communication difficulties. Please join us in celebrating Speech & Hearing Month!