May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM)

posted May 17, 2016, 1:45 PM by Monticello Montessori
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) (http://www.asha.org/bhsm/) and the theme for 2016 is “Communication Takes Care.”  OSEP would like to help raise awareness about the importance of face-to-face communication, and encourage the public to make time for device-free interaction when possible. Each year during the month of May, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) highlights Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) to raise awareness about communication disorders. The 2016 theme “Communication Takes Care” serves to heighten awareness about the importance of face-to-face communication, and encourages the public to make time for device-free interaction when possible.  Last year, ASHA polled 1,000 parents of children ages 0-8. Sixty-eight percent of surveyed parents’ 2-year-olds use tablets, 59% use smartphones, and 44% use video game consoles. The importance of human communication- speaking, listening, interacting- is paramount to children’s overall development, including academic and social success. Human interaction is especially important in the present age of technology, where “smart” phones and other devices occupy an ever-increasing amount of time, attention, and prominence in the lives of individuals from infants to teens.
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Monticello Montessori,
May 17, 2016, 1:45 PM
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