Wednesday, 26 August 2015

All the 'Weeks' - it's Hearing Awareness Week, too

In  another very nice coincidence for people with Down syndrome and those who support them, this week is not only Book Week and Speech Pathology Week, but also Hearing Awareness Week (supported by the Australian Department of Health). Many children with Down syndrome experience middle ear infections (with or without effusion), and fluctuating hearing loss, and hearing is critical for the development of speech. People with Down syndrome can experience other forms of hearing loss, including hearing loss associated with ageing that can occur earlier than in the general population. That's a lot of related factors to think about this week - but there's a lot of important information around this week!


NSW Council on Intellectual Disability has posted this week about how speech pathologists can work with people with intellectual disability:


Speech Pathology Week
NSW Council on Intellectual Disability (blog), 25th August 2015
... This week we're celebrating Speech Pathology Week and in true Speech Pathologist fashion, encouraging people to "Talk with Me" about the 1.1 million plus Australians who have a communication or swallowing difficulty that impacts their quality of life ...
How can Speech Pathologists work with people with intellectual disabilities? ...

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