We’re ready to kick off Better Hearing & Speech month at CP!
Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of CP’s speech-language therapists in providing life changing treatment.
For 2023, BHSM’s national theme is Building a Strong Foundation, and we think it’s a perfect way to
help explain what happens at CP each day. Our therapy team works with children
who present with a wide range of diagnoses. From autism and Down syndrome, to
cerebral palsy and spina bifida, each child comes to CP with their own set of
needs and goals, oftentimes involving communication or feeding and swallowing.
Our speech-language pathologists get right to work, spending
time with a kiddo exploring different ways to communicate. Whether it’s through
picture exchange, sign language, gestures or an assisted communication device,
it’s finding what that foundation is where a child can express themselves. From
there, the rest of the skills are built through a variety of creative, but
impactful, techniques. It’s not uncommon to see kids bouncing on a trampoline,
riding bikes in the hallways or playing a board game. When the child is
engaged, goals can be reached.
When a child can’t communicate the way they want, or when
others can’t understand them, it can lead to a very frustrating and
overwhelming experience. The speech therapy team at CP works towards lessening
that frustration and helping each child, in their own way, find their voice.