We Live to Communicate

The ability to communicate effectively with others is the very foundation of a child’s social, emotional and educational development. Research has shown that the first five years are the most critical for development: because learning is a cumulative process, difficulties early on can have a cascading effect on the rest of a child’s life. A slow start out of the gate will mean playing catch-up for years to come.

Early identification and intervention of speech, language and hearing disorders is absolutely key. The earlier a disorder is identified, the better a child’s chances are for improvement.

Reaching Out Through Canada’s Children’s Hospitals

For the sixth consecutive year, Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) has partnered with children’s hospitals across the country to promote the importance of early identification and intervention of communication disorders. With the hospitals’ support, SAC is reaching out to families to raise awareness about communication disorders and the important role that communication health professionals (speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants) play in assessment and treatment.

Nearly every children’s hospital in Canada has signed up to receive one of our ‘Speech and Hearing Month Celebration Boxes’, filled with all kinds of resources and promotional goodies. We’re providing posters and information sheets that will help educate parents and caregivers about communication health issues, including: language and literacy, noise-induced hearing loss, auditory processing disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, classroom acoustics and autism spectrum disorder.

We’re also sharing our popular speech and hearing milestone brochures, new activity sheets and fun giveaways to get kids engaged in this year’s campaign. All of our resources are available for download here.

Communication Health and Aging

Early identification matters for seniors, too. We experience the world through our senses, by communicating with each other and with our surroundings. We use communication to learn, to express ourselves, to work and to build and nurture relationships. In short, communication touches every aspect of our lives, no matter what we do, where we live or how old we are.

As we age, we are more likely to develop communication disorders that can impact our social, emotional and economic well-being. By being aware of the signs and symptoms of common communication disorders, you can identify problems early on and increase the chances of improvement through intervention for yourself or your loved ones.

Visit our resource page to download our resources for seniors.