Happy Memorial Day. Have a safe and fun holiday!

For May is Better Speech and Hearing Month we have more speech, language, and voice trivia questions.

1. Speech-language pathologists can work in which of the following settings:

A. Schools
B. Armed Forces
C. Hospitals
D. Rehabilitation Facilities
E. All of the above

2. Colin Firth starred in this movie about King George VI, who famously stuttered throughout his life….

_________ _______________ ________________

3. This famous actress/singer suffered an “ill-fated” vocal cord operation and as a result her vocal range is “a fragile alto” now.
(Hint: She starred in “The Sound of Music”)

________________ ________________________

4. Which famous late night talk show host has Bachelor of Arts in speech-language pathology?

A. Jay Leno
B. Jimmy Kimmel
C. Jimmy Fallon
D. David Letterman

5. Boys are 5 times more likely than girls to have autism.
True False

6. About how many children with autism do not speak?

A. 10%
B. 20%
C. 30%
D. 40%

7. Children on the autism spectrum have a marked impairment in the use of nonverbal cues such as eye to eye gaze, facial expression, body posture and gestures to regulate social interaction.
True False

8. How many people have communication disorders in the United States today?

A. 100, 000
B. 10 million
C. 40 million
D. 20 million

8. How many Americans have some degree of hearing loss?

A. 1 million
B. 10 million
C. 20 million
D. 36 million\

10. About how many children have noticeable speech disorders by 1st grade?

A. 1%
B. 2%
C. 5%
D. 4%

11. Poor communication skills can lead to problems in…

A. Participating in classroom instruction
B. Developing and maintaining relationships
C. Understanding classroom instruction
D. All of the above

I Scream, You Scream

I Scream, You Scream

By Maxine E. Van Doren, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech and Voice Therapy Center, LLC

If you’re heading to a fright fest this Halloween, make sure you don’t bring the spooky home with you! Vocal cord injuries (such as nodules or hemorrhaging) can occur in as little as one evening of vocal misuse, resulting in hoarseness or vocal fatigue. Here are 4 tips to care for your voice this Halloween, so what happens at fright fest stays at fright fest:

  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Vocal cords are very susceptible to dehydration, and nodules love a dry larynx.
  2. Consider using a “silent scream” face or an alternative that is easier on the voice such as a gasping or “screaming” quietly.
  3. Use diaphragmatic breathing when screaming to provide appropriate power and support for your voice. This can help prevent extra muscle tension in the throat.
  4. If you feel like you’re straining your voice, then trust your feelings and give your voice a rest. While you’re at it, have a sip of water.

If your voice sounds hoarse for more than 2 weeks following your outing, don’t wait for the problem to go away on its own. Make an appointment to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) physician to have your throat evaluated for possible injuries. Early treatment can improve your symptoms, and provide you with techniques for healthy voice use in your everyday life.

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