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November 2001 - Issue #023

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In this issue:

Welcome, Maryalice Stone, Speech and Language Pathologist!
Your Child's Hearing (Ears)
Speech and Language Development
Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
Great New Links!

Special thanks to Maryalice Stone, MS, CCC-SLP for her two- part series on Speech and Language Development and difficulties! She not only taught us about speech disfluencies like stuttering, but also several new techniques for treatment, including Fast ForWord and Auditory Integration Therapy!

Welcome, Maryalice Stone, Speech and Language Pathologist - from Connecticut Therapy Associates joins our team of Experts to answer your questions online FREE! Simply submit a request under our House Calls section today!

Your Child's Hearing (Ears) - Most children hear and listen from birth. They learn to talk by imitating the sounds around them and the voices of their parents and caregivers. But that's not true for all children. 2 or 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. Learn about hearing tests, how babies are screened for hearing loss and much more! Also try our new hearing checklist! Choose your child's age to view signs and symptoms of hearing loss.

Speech and Language Development -Children vary in their development of speech and language. There is, however, a natural progression or "timetable" for mastery of these skills for each language. Learn the normal patterns of speech development. Choose your child's age to view!

Ear Infections (Otitis Media) - 3 out of 4 children experience otitis media by the time they are 3-years-old. Learn about types, causes, signs and symptoms, surgery and prevention!

Trick or Treat for UNICEF - During the past few weeks, UNICEF has delivered enough supplies to serve the needs of 1.25 million children and women via donkey caravans, truck convoys and cargo planes to Afghanistan. In it's effort to protect and care for children, the United Nations Children's Fund is asking parents to encourage their children to trick or treat for UNICEF. Collection boxes may be obtained at Pier 1 Imports, IKEA Stores, Sears Portrait Studios, or on the web at http://www.unicefusa.org.

Great New Links!

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) - Offers a series of brochures, fact sheets, and information packets available to the general public at no cost. A computerized referral database of audiology and speech-language pathology programs is available to meet individual consumer needs. Toll-free: (800) 638-8255

English word games for Kids

FREE Lessons Online - Spanish, knitting, computer skills, Math, Business English, French, English as a Second Language and much more!

Easter Seals - Information on speech and language development, delays, problems and where to find help.

NICHCY-The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities Info About Speech & Language Disorders.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders - An excellent resource chalk full of information for parents, teachers and professionals.

U.S. Department of Education - Can provide more information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Toll-free: (800) USA-LEARN

National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) - Provides awareness and education through instructional programs, publications, exhibits, and conferences on the use of cued speech. The association provides information and support for families with speech, hearing, and language needs and the professionals who serve them. Toll-free Voice/TTY: (800) 459-3529

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Focuses on grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, certification of interpreters, and youth leadership development. Voice: (301) 587-1788 TTY: (301) 587-1789

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (A.G. Bell) - Can provide you with information on hearing loss and ongoing support and advocacy. The association emphasizes the use of technology, speech, speech-reading, residual hearing, and written and spoken language. Voice: (800) HEAR-KID or (202) 337-5220 TTY: (202) 337-5220

American Academy of Audiology (AAA) - Is a professional organization of individuals dedicated to providing quality hearing care to the public. AAA emphasizes professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing disorders and audiologic services. Voice/TTY: (703) 790-8466 Toll Free: (800) 222-2336

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) - Is committed to educating, empowering, and supporting parents and families of children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The society helps families find meaningful communication options, particularly through the competent use of sign language, in the home, school, and community. Voice/TTY: (717) 334-7922 Toll-free: (800) 942-ASDC


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and " Boston Joe's Appliance Repair" of Manchester, CT (860) 646-1111

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