Communication Disorders Help: Don’t Wait to get it!
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Communications Disorders Can Affect Anyone at Anytime
How many Americans have Communication Disorders? 42 Million Americans have a speech, language or hearing disorder! Millions more are affected as well, as they struggle to support their loved ones who are frustrated by these issues. A communication disorder can happen to anyone at any time, limiting the potential for academic, social and career achievement.
My Grandmother had severe hearing loss in her later years, resulting from an undefined cause. My father has work-related hearing loss. With my grandmother, towards the end of her life, she couldn’t really talk on the phone because she couldn’t hear what the caller said. When you were in the same room with her, you needed to talk to her directly or she could NOT understand what you were saying. This normally sweet and calm woman was very frustrated by her loss of hearing. With my father, although his hearing is fine around the house, I notice that he has trouble hearing in large “party” type situations or most public venues. There seems to be too many inputs competing for his auditory senses. My father doesn’t really get that frustrated but it bothers my mother A TON! As is often the case, the secondary partner suffers as much as the person with the disorder.
What is a Communication Disorder?
Communication Disorders include: language, speech or voice disorders including such challenges as stuttering, balance, swallowing, and hearing impairment.
American Idol, Stuttering Audition
So you don’t think that hearing loss, stuttering, speech issues are that big of a deal? Watch the video below and experience the frustration of American Idol hopeful Lazaro Arbos, as he struggles with his stuttering issues when auditioning for American Idol.
Isn’t the emotion that he experiences so RAW? I set there and cried as I watched this on TV and again as I watched the video on Youtube. What do you think?
Annie Glenn and John Glenn provide inspiration for Communication Disorders Help
I hope that Lazaro Arbos is able to get the help he needs to overcome his stuttering like Annie Glenn, wife of Senator and astronaut John Glenn, did at age 50! Annie Glenn, a woman over 45, had a severe stutter which she was able to overcome with an intensive program. The Annie Glenn Award, is a pretigious award given to an individual who demonstrates Annie Glenn’s tireless efforts to build public awareness on behalf of those with communication disorders. Past recipients of the Annie Glenn Award include James Earl Jones,Vice President Joseph Biden, Julie Andrews, Bob and Lee Woodruff, Mick Fleetwood, Jane Seymour, Joey McIntyre and Bob Love.
Watch the video below as Annie Glenn describes how she got Communication Disorders Help!
Top Ten Communication Disorders Tips: How Can you Get Help or Help Someone with Communication Disorders?
- Don’t Wait…Get Help. Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website and use this Professional Search tool page, to find either audiologists or speech-language therapists: http://www.asha.org/proserv/
- Don’t Wait…Give Help. If a loved one needs your help, make them aware of the many avenues out there to get help.
- TAKE ACTION! Contact your Federal and State legislators about issues that are important to those with Communication Disorders. You can get help and advice on taking action>>Here<<
- Share this blog post across your social media channels by using the share buttons on the left side of this post.
- Head over to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Pinterest and follow them for all the latest Pins on Communication Disorders, Job Search Tips, Special Needs Articles, and all ASHA NEWS
- Head over to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Associaton (ASHA) Facebook Page to find a place for ASHA members and the public to share information, ask for help, and network.
- Head over to the official Twitter feed from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Tom Jelen, director of online communications, is usually tweeting.
- Head over the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) YouTube Channel to see Informative Videos, Humorous Videos, “About Us” Videos, and the latest video from Annie Glenn
- Visit the ASHA home page for a variety of Communication Disorders Help resources.
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