May 3, 2017 – Better Hearing and Speech Month provides audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech and hearing scientists an extra reason to promote our professions and issues we care about on a grand scale. This year is no different, and, as the current ASHA president, I enjoy participating in many of the outreach activities.
October 6, 2016 – Atlanta Speech School’s video “Every Opportunity” has gone viral around the country and world. The video stars a young boy who explains how he feels when an adult ignores him or loses patience with him. The story goes on to demonstrate how positive changes in adults’ communication behavior can profoundly affect a child’s vocabulary, language, speech, spelling, reading and other literacy skills to help them prosper into adulthood. Initially picked up by the Huffington Post, the video was then featured on the Scary Mommy blog, and HLN’s Weekend Express interviewed Comer Yates, the school’s executive director.
August 23, 2016 – I recently traveled with my daughter, Hannah, on a class trip to China. We expected to visit and learn about the iconic landmarks on our itinerary—Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Olympic Village. What we didn’t expect was to learn about speech-language pathology and rehabilitation during our tour. However, a visit to a clinic in Chengdu taught us that the field of speech-language pathology is relatively new to China.