Help is available here in Broward County
this September. During the initial months of the school year, there is heightened
attention on students’ development and academic progress. Let us hope they have
healthy speech and hearing, for there aren’t many other settings where the ability to
communicate matters more.
With 14 years of combined experience in education and communication disorders, I have seen the debilitating effects that these issues can have when left untreated. Too often, people of all ages struggle with these challenges and fail to seek proper, timely treatment because they cannot recognize the early warning signs. Early detection of speech, language and hearing issues is absolutely critical to improving academic, social and career outcomes.
For people with communication disorders, those closest to them are often their biggest asset. Unfortunately, many parents and caregivers are unable to identify the early warning signs of these issues or dismiss them too readily. A recent poll of the speech-language pathologists and audiologists of the American Speech Language Hearing Association(ASHA)—a professional association of which I am a member--
reported significant parental delays in getting help for children with communication
To remedy that, ASHA has launched a national campaign, Identify The Signs. This
multimedia effort addresses the importance of early detection, helps the public
identify the early warning signs of communication disorders, and encourages people
to seek the best professional help through a series of TV, radio, print and digital public service announcements and a media outreach push. I encourage you to visit www.
IdentifyTheSigns.org for information and resources, and to share it in your community.
Above all, though, I hope you will seek help if you suspect that you or a loved one
shows signs of having a disorder.
Every day, I see in my work that untreated, communication disorders often lead to
larger academic, social and developmental issues. Please visit www.IdentifyTheSigns.org and learn more about the early signs of speech, language and hearing disorders.Early diagnosis is the most powerful way to reduce or even reverse their impact and can give your loved ones the opportunity to lead the fullest lives possible. Early Intervention is the key to future success, so take the first step and call today for your free consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.
-Elisa Cartagena, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech and Language Pathologist
As the lead therapist and owner of Teach Beyond Speech Therapy Services, LLC., Elisa Cartagena provides academically relevant speech and language therapy for children from preschool through adolescence throughout the Greater Fort Lauderdale of Broward County including Davie, Plantation, Sunrise, and Weston. She has over 15 years of experience in the education field that includes classroom teaching, ESE education, and speech and language therapy services.
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