Hawthorne Elementary School
Bosslet, Barbara
Speech Language Pathologist bbosslet@elmhurst205.org

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Although more than 5 million children in the United States have a speech, language, and hearing disorder, parents are often unsure about what to do when they are concerned about their child’s communication skills. This May, and every May since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has used the “May is Better Hearing and Speech Month” celebration to provide parents with information about communication disorders in order to help their children learn, socialize with others, and be successful in school.

Speech and language problems can occur at any time in a child's life. They can be caused by injury, illness, or inherited by birth. Childhood speech and language problems include:

  • Stuttering (unusual disruptions to the flow of speech)
  • Speech sound production problems ("wabbit" instead of "rabbit")
  • Language disorders such as the slow development of vocabulary, concepts, and grammar.
  • Voice disorders (nasal, breathy, or hoarse voice and speech that is too high or low)

Parents who suspect their child has a communication disorder should consult an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. These professionals identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems as well as swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists work in schools, private practice, hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, health departments, research laboratories, and other health education settings.

Hearing loss, like speech and language problems, can have a negative impact on a child's social and academic development.  Hearing loss in children can occur at birth or as a child grows older due to chronic ear infections or exposure to noise. The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child's life, the more serious the effects have on the child's development.

Typical signs of a hearing loss in children include:

  • Inconsistently responding to sound
  • Delayed language and speech development
  • Unclear speech
  • Sound is turned up on electronic equipment (radio, TV, cd player, etc.)
  • Does not follow directions
  • Often says "Huh?"
  • Does not respond when called
  • Frequently misunderstands what is said and wants things repeated

As a first step, people who think their child is displaying many of these warning signs should contact a certified audiologist.  These professionals specialize in preventing, identifying, assessing, and treating hearing disorders. Also, they provide treatment for hearing loss including fitting hearing aids and other assistive listening devices, and they can teach children with hearing loss how to concentrate on hearing all sounds.  ASHA recommends that children at risk for hearing loss, such as those who suffer from chronic ear infections or in cases where there is a family history of hearing loss, be screened by a certified audiologist as frequently as needed to ensure they are hearing well


About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. www.asha.org/.




With the end of our school year, I will be retiring from my work at Hawthorne as Speech Language Pathologist.  I wish to thank all the many students who helped me to be a continuous learner as well as a teacher.  You have all made a difference in my life. 


There are a few words of wisdom that I have had posted in my room, words that have been spontaneously spoken by my students through the years. These thoughts, and many good memories, will go with me.

  • Earth is a planet of hope.
  • Mercy is one of the most powerful forces in the world.
  • Being brave is hard,
  • Practice makes better.

To all of my wise students, supportive families, and treasured colleagues, my most humble thanks! 

Mrs. Bosslet

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Want to Know More ?

If you want to learn more about speech and language development, the Americal Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is a great resource.  ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. www.asha.org/.


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