May is Better Hearing & Speech Month and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is back with another great Twitter Party to share more very important information with us to help us better understand our children’s  speech/language and social development. A recent survey showed that one in four parents has had concerns about their child’s ability to communicate. Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities that children face—but they are treatable!

This year, ASHA experts will be answering questions and sharing information about the early signs of speech and language disorders, social communication disorders, and autism. Understanding the milestones children should reach and when and what signs to look for that indicate issues is key. While these disorders can be treated at any age, it is most effective early—so parents shouldn’t delay if they have concerns.

Survey results show that 81% of parents whose children received treatment for communication issues saw significant improvement, so it’s important to for parents to take the time to educate themselves and to watch for signs of trouble in their little ones, as well as learning where to turn for help. A quarter of concerned parents who saw signs in their children did not seek out treatment—many because they were unsure where to turn.

We will cover information such as:

When should a child speak their first word? Put words together?

What are the earliest signs of autism?

How can I help my child learn to talk and communicate?

How do I know if a child is just a “late talker” or may need treatment for a speech or language issue?

Please join us for a very important Twitter party, where we’ll be tweeting with ASHA experts who can answer some of your questions, sharing advice and valuable information about speech/language and social development in young children, and giving away some fun prizes! We hope to see you at the…

ASHA #BHSMChat Twitter Party

When: Tuesday, May 7th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET

Where: #BHSMchat

How: Follow host @ResourcefulMom, sponsor @ASHAWeb and tweet with the party hashtag to participate.

Prizes

Four (4) winners will each receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $75 Amazon Gift Card, plus a copy of Talking on the Go.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents age 18 and older only. Employees of ASHA are not eligible to win.

RSVP

Planning on joining us?  Let us know here by adding your Twitter URL (http://twitter.com/username) through the link below.  An RSVP is not required to participate or to be entered to win.



Written by: Shannan Powell

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