Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month

May 31, 2019

31 facts that Speech Language Pathologists know that you probably weren’t aware of:

It’s May! Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!

Crossroads Center for Children has  the most amazing, dedicated and skilled Speech Language Therapists around. With deep appreciation for the work that they do each day, all year through.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Better Hearing & Speech Month “provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment.”

Here at Crossroads Center for Children, our Speech-Language Therapists work with students to teach a plethora of receptive and expressive communication skills. They often foster a child’s first words, and are critical in all parts of the child’s educational plan. This team is full of kindness and love for the students. Each therapist is deeply appreciated for the endless number of ways she benefits the lives of the children in her care.

 

Thank you, Speech Department! And Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!

 

 

 

 

31 facts that Speech Language Pathologists know that you probably weren’t aware of:

A speech therapy related fact for each day of May – Better Hearing and Speech Month!
Brought to us by Ms. Amy and Ms. Melanie, our awesome Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs).

 

 

#1. Communication disorders affect 46,000,000 people in the United States.

#2: A mild hearing loss can cause a child to miss as much as 50% of classroom discussion.

#3: More than 68 million people worldwide stutter, which is about 1% of the population.

#4 for May 4th: Stuttering affects 4x as many males as females.

#5: 28 million people have some degree of hearing loss, but only 7 million people have sought treatment!

# 6: A risk factor for speech sound disorders is chronic ear infections.

#7: If a child is a second language learner and has a speech or language problem, it will show up in both languages. However, these problems are NOT caused by learning 2 languages. Bilingualism should almost never be used as an explanation for a speech or language disorder.

#8: Women’s vocal cords are about 20 mm long. Men’s vocal cords are about 30 mm long. Because men’s cords are longer than women’s, they vibrate more slowly and give men deeper voices.

#9:  The smallest bone in the body is in your ear. The stapes bone, in your middle ear, is the smallest of all your bones measuring at just 3 mm x 2.5 mm. Together with the malleus and incus bones, the stapes helps translate sounds you hear into waves your brain can understand.

#10: Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Schumer, Steve Jobs, Fergie, and Jennifer Love Hewitt all have moms that are/were Speech-Language Pathologists.  

#11: 1 out of every 700 newborns in the United States is affected by cleft lip and/or palate.

#12: In typically developing fetuses, your developing baby can hear you in utero at 25 weeks. This means that your unborn baby has 20 weeks of auditory stimulation to mother’s voice prior to being born (if born full term).

#13: Speech and Language impairment is one of the most common childhood disorders, affecting 7% of children.

# 14: Did you know teaching is the occupation at the highest risk of developing voice disorders? Protect your voice by staying hydrated throughout the day!

#15: This week is Stuttering Awareness Week. Stuttering is a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by repetitions (li-li-li-like this), prolongations (lllllike this), or abnormal stoppages (no sound) of sounds and syllables. There may also be unusual facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak. Stuttering affects more than 3 million Americans.

#16: The most common cause of aphasia (a communication disorder that affects language) is stroke. About 25%-40% of stroke survivors acquire aphasia.

#17: 90% of children have mastered these sounds: p, d, m, w, h, n by age 2.

 #18: A phonological process disorder involves patterns of sound errors. For example, substituting all sounds made in the back of the mouth like “k” and “g” for those in the front of the mouth like “t” and “d” (e.g., saying “tup” for “cup” or “das” for “gas”).  

#19: Over 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.

#20: Not all sound substitutions and omissions are speech errors. Instead, they may be related to a feature of a dialect or accent.  

#21: 90% of children have mastered these sounds: t, b, k, g by age 3.

#23: 90% of children have mastered these sounds: f, v, y between ages 4 and 5.

# 24: One-third of all hearing loss is from noise.

#25: 60% of those who stutter have a family member who also stutters.

#26: 90% of children have mastered these sounds: s, z, j, l, r, sh, ch, th, and consonant blends between the ages of 5 and 7.

#27: Approximately 7.5 million people in the US have trouble using their voice.

#28: Whispering may actually make  your vocal folds work harder.

#29: There are over 6,500 languages spoken world-wide.

These are the top 5 language based on native speakers:

  1. Mandarin Chinese- approximately 897 million
  2. Spanish- approximately 460 million
  3. English- approximately 370 million
  4. Hindi- approximately 341 million
  5. Arabic- approximately 319 million

#30: 10 million Americans are evaluated each year for swallowing difficulties.

#31: Based on data from 2017, there were 166,433 Certified Speech Language Pathologists and 13,073 Certified Audiologists in the United States.  New York State had the highest number of Certified Speech Language Pathologists with 15,933. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 17.8% employment growth for SLPs between 2016 and 2026. And according to US News, Speech Language Pathologists were ranked #23 of 100 for the best job! (We may be biased, but we think being an SLP is the best job!)

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We hope you’ve learned something new! Please let us know what was most interesting to you in the comments section!

Many thanks to Resolute Tattoo for fundraising for Crossroads Center for Children!

 

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