Ears are for Reading Too!
May is Speech and Hearing Month in Canada. Talking, reading, and playing with your child daily will promote healthy speech. These simple but important daily activities also help your child become a reader because oral language is the foundation of literacy. Children need strong vocabularies to help them understand what they read. Children need to learn how to rhyme and hear the individual sounds in words before they can learn to spell and read simple words.
Adequate hearing is necessary for the development of speech and language and important for learning at school. Your child can’t learn what they can’t hear! Delays in speech and language may be an indication that your child has a hearing problem. However, a mild hearing loss can easily go undetected and lead to delays in reading and school achievement. The ear is the “doorway” to the brain for sound. Hearing loss of any type blocks that doorway, preventing sound from reaching the brain. Ear infections are common in young children and can impact hearing and therefore slow the development of speech, language, and early literacy skills.
One way to help your child’s reading skills develop, is to have your child’s hearing checked. Speak well. Hear well. Live well.
Families with questions or concerns about their child’s speech and language are encouraged to contact the Speech-Language Pathologist through Albert Community School.
Meghan Saunders, MSc., SLP (C)
Free Hearing Screenings in May
In the month of May, Dr. Debbie Davis and the audiologists at Eastside Audiology are providing FREE hearing screenings to anyone under 18, including newborns. Screenings will be held at the following Regina Public Libraries:
- Glen Elm Branch – Wednesday May 11th (5:30pm)
- Sunrise Branch – Saturday May 14th (noon)
- Connaught Branch – Wednesday May 18th (5:30pm)
- Regent Place Branch - Saturday May 21st (noon)
If you are unable to take advantage of one of the free screening clinics scheduled in May, contact The Hearing Aid Plan (306-766- 7555) or a similar agency to have your child’s hearing checked.