Thursday, May 2, 2013

BHSM Goings-On

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably figured out that May is "Better Hearing and Speech Month"!!!  If you're a speechie, I hope you're participating in some way!  My fellow speechies (Stephanie & Donna) and I have decided to have some fun this year!

First, we created this informational bulletin board (sorry for the glare in the picture!).  It's located in the front office where both parents and staff can see it.  

In the center, you'll find the BHSM poster from ASHA.  There are also some handouts for parents and staff - a brochure on communication, the ASL Alphabet (we wanted to be sure to include a lot about hearing/ASL because my school houses the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program for our district.  ), a chart of speech sound acquisition from Speech, Listen, & Play, and a Handy Handout on fluency from Super Duper (#65).  The speech bubbles have the following quotes:

"The most important thing in communication 
is to hear what isn't being said." 
-Peter Drucker

"The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." 
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

To kick off BHSM, on May 1st, we put this handout from ASHA and Progressus Therapy, and TheraSimplicity in the mailboxes of all the staff.  You can find this handout (along with some other BHSM ideas) HERE.

We actually lined up 5 handouts for staff information/education (one for each week in May).  There's another Handy Handout (#51) from Super Duper on fluency for teachers and parents, a handout on hearing conservation (2-sided, you can find one side HERE), and one on how speech and language skills affect academic success:

For week 2, we attached a handout on voice disorders to bottles of water.  One side has information on symptoms of voice disorders.  The other side has information on how to prevent voice disorders for teachers.

After hearing at least 4 or 5 teachers complaining about losing their hearing, we decided it would be fun to offer hearing screenings for staff as well!  Here's the sign-up sheet I created (you can download an editable version HERE).

Last, but probably most fun, we're hosting a trivia contest (with prizes!!) for the staff!  Since Donna splits her time between two schools, we decided to do the trivia questions only on the days she is at our school - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  So, we came up with 13 questions (there are 13 M, W, F days in May).  Some are easy (Name the three SLPs in the building), others are Google-able (Name the three bones in the middle ear), and some are more difficult (How many total students receive speech and language services in this school?).   On Wednesday, Donna introduced the kick-off to BHSM during our morning announcements and read the first question.  We were a little bit afraid that no one would participate, but we got a LOT of responses!  My favorite part of Wednesday was seeing teachers that don't know me very well - this is my first year at this school and I only work with preschool - walking by my door and copying my name from the sign on my door!  Stephanie and I even had a student stop us in the hall to ask what our names were!

Here's the form I made for teachers to submit their answers (you can download HERE).

We used a tissue box (what else?!?) covered in duct tape for teachers to return their answer forms.  (If you don't know about my love of tissue boxes, you can read more HERE).

I hope I'm not forgetting anything!  We've been having so much fun planning these activities and I really hope the teachers/staff get a kick out of them as well!

Oh, Donna gave us these from ASHA.  How cool are they?!?

I have to say that I feel blessed to be in such a terrific school with some truly awesome co-workers!  Stephanie and Donna are fabulous to work with!!  (I work with some pretty awesome teachers, counselors, OTs, & PT as well).  

Happy Better Hearing and Speech Month!!!

Are you doing anything fun to celebrate BHSM?  Also, if you're interested in seeing the questions we came up with for the trivia contest, let me know.  I don't want to post them here and give people an unfair advantage, lol!

Bloggers, link up your BHSM posts using InLinkz below.


  1. Wonderful job, Carrie! You are an inspiration!

  2. How fun! I would love the trivia questions you came up with. cstafford(dot)slp(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks. And Happy BHSM! :) --Cassandra

    1. Absolutely! I'll send the questions your way! Happy BHSM to you!

    2. Hi Carrie...would you mind sending me the trivia questions too please? I have been thinking about doing BHSM fun at my school and your post from last year has some fantastic ideas! Thank you so much for sharing! My email is

      Can't wait for this year's post on BHSM!! thank you!!

  3. Carrie I love your ideas and that you share them! Copying is the greatest form of appreciation right? I think I am totally working on this over the weekend. Better late than never. Great ideas and thank you so much for sharing them!


  4. Ok so the saying is really greatest form of flattery but I am appreciating you instead. :)

    1. LOL! I understood what you were saying! Totally agree with the "better late than never." Besides, this week was a short week and next is the first FULL week of May ;)

  5. Such clever ideas!!!! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  6. Carrie. These are great ideas! Could I also have a copy of your trivia questions? I think I will do a bulletin board outside my room, this might work better for my setting. Also, would you be willing to share your water bottle handout, and also the handout on how language effects academic success? I would really appreciate it. Thanks again!

  7. Hi Carrie! Such great ideas! I would be interested in the handout about 'how language effects academic success'. Would you be able to email that to me?

    Thank you!! :)

    1. Hello! I wish I could send it to you, but I don't have a digital copy. I'm not even sure where it came from! If I remember, I'll bring one home and try to scan it.

  8. Look at all this great stuff you did!! My first years working I did things for Better Speech/Hearing.... but it's been along time since I've bothered! lol!

    1. Thanks! This is actually the first year I've done ANYTHING for BHSM!

  9. You have great ideas on your website! I love what you did last year for BSHM. May I please have a copy of your trivia questions? Thanks!


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