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Mask Use Poses Challenges for Children and Adults Who Stutter
For the roughly 3 million Americans who stutter, mask use can make communicating with people in the community a major challenge. With use of face coverings remaining a public health necessity in the coming months and potentially longer, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is offering tips to make communication more effective for children and adults who stutter.
Solid face coverings can contribute to misunderstandings because they hide a person’s mouth. Many people who stutter experience blocks—which are long, silent pauses—in their speech. Often, the only cue to a listener is seeing the speaker’s facial area when they are in a block. Listeners may not realize that a person is experiencing a block if they are wearing a mask. As a result, they may talk over the person, move on, or misinterpret what they believe is a non-response as disrespectful or worse.
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Toddlers Learn Early Language Skills from Globetrotting Koala
Lola Koala is ready to take your child on an adventure! Little ones (ages 2-6) who love to sit in laps, “read” lift-the-flaps, and explore will be enchanted with Lola Koala, a globetrotting adventurer.
In this first book, released on September 25, Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures: Who, What, Where and Yes/No Questions, Lola takes little readers along on her travels, asks questions (interactive with a lift-the-flap for the answers), and shares a clue on each page to her final destination.
Lola empowers kids and their parents by teaching foundational language skills and travel skills that help children practice answering Who, What, Where and Yes/No questions all while learning about cool places around the world.
When asked why these skills are important to target at a young age, Dr. Kearney noted, “The ability to ask and answer questions is a critical language skill that is needed to fu
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October is National Audiology Awareness Month
October is National Audiology Awareness Month and the American Academy of Audiology is urging the public to be aware of the importance of good hearing health. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states that approximately 28.8 million Americans could benefit from the use of hearing aids. While age is often cited as a factor, there are growing numbers of younger people reporting hearing loss.
A study published by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care cited nine risk factors for dementia. Midlife, untreated hearing loss is listed as one of those risk factors. The report also stated that dementia typically starts many years before it is recognized. Untreated hearing loss impacts the brain and cognitive health.
There is also a link between untreated hearing loss and falls. According to a study c
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NDEAM 2020 – “Increasing Access and Opportunity” for Americans with Disabilities
2020 is a year unlike any other. This year will be long remembered for the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting economic crisis and the hotly contested presidential election. Not only that, 2020 is a year of key anniversaries for the disability community. Over the summer, in socially distanced and virtual events nationwide, millions of people with disabilities celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
2020 also marks the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Since the aftermath of the Second World War, the U.S. Department of Labor has challenged employers to fully embrace the incredible talents of workers with disabilities and make workplaces more accessible.
For 2020’s celebration of NDEAM, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) chose the theme of “Increasing Access and Opportunity.