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The Speech, Language & Hearing Association of the Hudson Valley

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month!

Look what SHAHV has done for BHSM:

2013 - Thanks to member donations at our Spring Banquet, SHAHV purchased $200 worth of books from Barnes and Noble. These books were affixed with SHAHV 2013 BHSM bookplates, and donated to area libraries in honor of Better Hearing and Speech Month. Thanks to our members who donated, and to Nancy Uttendorfer, Andrea (& Ezra) Abramovich, and Bruce Engholm for joining together and choosing our books.

2012 - We celebrated with Katja Izzard's e-newsletter and purchasing books at Barnes and Noble, affixing a SHAHV bookplate and donating them to area libraries.

2011 - This May, a variety of local professionals and students participated in Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM). As you are probably already aware, this event in the month of May is dedicated to learning and educating others and ourselves. Nationally, “this annual event provides opportunities to raise awareness about communication disorders and to promote treatment that can improve the quality of life for those who experience problems with speaking, understanding, or hearing” (ASHA, 2011). Throughout the month of May, Katja Izzard, a SHAHV Graduate Student Member, and the recipient of the SHAHV Scholarship in 2010, has been sending out emails weekly regarding events promoting BHSM and at least one attachment. The attachments have been a variety of items that you could use in your specific professional setting. These included door hangers, parent-friendly audiograms, and some additional surprises!

Interesting Ideas:
Watch the King’s Speech with someone you know, and have a discussion at the conclusion of the movie about people who stutter.

Here are some interesting facts: research suggests male stutterers are more common with a 3:1 ratio, stuttering can begin early in life, stuttering doesn’t correlate with intelligence!

Quotes for Thought:
· Lymph, v. ::To walk with a lisp. – A Washington Post reader submission word contest. “It’s a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water”- Franklin P. Jones “At no time is freedom of speech more precious than when a person hits his thumb with a hammer” – Marshall Lumsden

Thank you to Katja and her BHSM committee for providing the membership with activities, events and general information regarding BHSM!!!!

As one of SHAHV’s contribution to May is Better Speech and Hearing month, SHAHV purchased several children’s books to be donated to the Mid Hudson Library System. Thank you to all members who emailed book suggestions and to those who gathered to purchase the books. The following is a list of books purchased– look for them in a library near you!

You read to me, I’ll read to you. Very short Stories to read together by Mary Ann Hoberman

The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin

Toot, Toot, Beep, Beep by Emma Garcia

The Toddler Cookbook by Annabel Karmel

You are what you eat and other mealtime hazards by Serge Bloch

Freight Train by Donald Crews

We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

Colors by Richard Scarry

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see– slide and find by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Amelia Bedelia’s first field trip by Herman Parish

Moo by Matthew Van Fleet

Tails by Matthew Van Fleet

Heads by Matthew Van Fleet

2010 - Shannon Ashcroft and Rebecca Robbins held a story hour at Barnes & Noble in Kingston. Several little ones were treated to 2 stories and some craft activities. The activities incorporated phonological awareness skills. Shannon did a great job planning the event and Rebecca read a wonderful book and used sign language to engage the children. Everyone had a wonderful time. Procedes from sales in this store and others that week went to benefit Ulster Literacy. SHAHV also donated several books to area libraries as we have done in the past. Click here for a list of the donated books from this year.


2009 - Jenny Thayer and Shannon Ashcroft once again ended BHSM with a bang. On May 30th, they held a story time at the Kingston Barnes & Noble. It was well attended by little ones who enjoyed a story with signing and crafts. They also teamed up with Barnes & Noble to sponsor a Book Fair to raise money for Ulster Literacy Association. Great job!

2008 - Jenny Thayer and the SHAHV MBHS Committee had worked tirelessly to get the word out about our profession and services. MBHS was kicked off with the Autism Walk on April 27th. A beautiful and informative booth was set up and many questions were fielded from consumers and professionals alike. In addition to providing brochures to local doctors' offices, donating books to the Mid-Hudson Library System and setting up displays at Rhinebeck, New Paltz and Ellenville public libraries, many new activities were planned. The committee brought coloring/activity books to local restaurants and participated in the MS Walk on May 18th. SHAHV also teamed up with Barnes & Noble in Kingston to sponsor a Book Fair in support of the Ulster Literacy Association. Based on sales, the Ulster Literacy Association received 10-20% of the profit from products sold in the store from May 23rd-26th. A special Storytime was held on May 24th at the Kingston Barnes & Noble for local children. This was made extra special by Jenny Thayer using sign language as Shannon Ashcroft read the story. The children then got to learn the signs and color their own puppets. A great time was had by all! This has been the best May is Better Hearing and Speech Month ever. The committee went above and beyond to make it a productive, informative and fun month! Great job to all those who helped including Jenny Thayer, Juli LaMoy, Mary Van Demark, Amy Strickland, Helena Borland, Sandra Krol, Rebecca Halpern, Shannon Ashcroft, Rosemary Sloan, Jackie Felczak, Rebecca Robbins, and Jessica BartolottaCLICK HERE FOR BOOK DONATION LIST

2007 - A group of dedicated SHAHV members participated in the Autism Walk this April to kick-start BHSM. A booth was set up with our new parent brochure and many other materials. If you attended our last workshop, a display was set up there as well for all to see. It was beautiful and informative. SHAHV also donated several books on communication to local libraries. The BHSM committee developed a communication milestones flyer and a parent brochure for distribution at the Autism Walk and library displays. Our tireless BHSM chairperson, Jenny Thayer, and her helpers have been working so hard to make the community connection. Excellent job!!!

2006 - SHAHV donated several books on communication development & disorders to the library loan system. A table was set up at the Town of Ulster library with informational brochures and a cute ear & lip tree. Jennie Langer & Jenny Thayer spearheaded the event. Great job you two!! SHAHV also set up a booth at the Autism Walk. We met some great people, supported the families, and had some exercise and laughs. Press releases on May is Better Hearing & Speech Month were distributed to local newspapers. Let us know if you see one.

2005 - Announcements were sent to local newspapers promoting May is Better Hearing & Speech Month.

2001 - SHAHV had purchased ASHA brochures on communication development and disorders and distributed them to local doctors offices for them to display for their patients. SHAHV distributed public announcements concerning communication disorders to local print media.

2000 - SHAHV as part of the Board of Regional Association Presidents (BRAP), produced and distributed a public announcement on CD to promote increased awareness of communication disorders. Copies were distributed to local radio stations.

1999 - SHAHV distributed public service announcements to local radio stations.

1997 - SHAHV purchased and donated baby bottles to be distributed at an event sponsored by the Junior League of Kingston.