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.
Last year, the Strait Regional Centre for Education (SRCE) Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) staff was awarded a $5,000 Program Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) Grant for their project entitled, Talking in Two's: Setting up the Classroom for Purposeful Talk. The S-LP staff specifically designed this project to support the oral language skills of students entering Grade Primary. It is recognized that creating more opportunities for speaking and listening by promoting purposeful talk in the classroom is crucial to a child’s oral language development.
All elementary schools within the SRCE received "oral language kits" comprised of materials targeting oral description, turn-taking, sentence formulation, question comprehension and vocabulary/word knowledge growth. These materials are being used in classrooms, small group settings or in centers to support students’ oral language development.
Speech-Language Pathologists in the Strait Regional Centre for Education 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. "Our Speech-Language Pathologists are valued members of our school teams who assist students with a wide range of communication needs to help them succeed in their school program," said Sharon MacCuspic, Director of Programs and Student Services for the Strait Regional Centre for Education.
For more information related to Speech-Language Pathology services. The brochure, Speech-Language Pathology (S-LP) Services: A Guide for Parents/Guardians, may be accessed by clicking on this link or by contacting your local school or Regional Centre 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.
Thank you to our Speech-Language Pathologists, Stephanie Brushett, Nicole Corkum, Sheri Lambourne, Leanne Lowther and Meghan MacNeil, who play an integral role in supporting our students’ learning and overall success! Please join us in celebrating Speech & Hearing Month!