Better Hearing and Speech Month: Communication is Key

Written by Katie Carley, Graduate Student in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) at Wichita State University

During this time of uncertainty, many of us have experienced newfound obstacles or barriers to communication due to a switch to working and/or schooling from home. The current circumstances have also impeded our ability to participate in our usual activities and socialize with those we love. What a time to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month!

This struggle to communicate is something that has been at the forefront of my mind as I continue studying to be a speech-language pathologist. I am currently a graduate student clinician at Wichita State University at the Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, where I get the opportunity to help clients reach their communication goals and see firsthand the massive difference it can make in their daily life.

There are many individuals that struggle with communication due to speech, language, and hearing difficulties on a daily basis--with or without the barriers of today’s world. Speech, language, and hearing deficits impact both functional and social communication. Without treatment in these areas, individuals can fall behind in school, suffer in relationships, and struggle to reach their personal and professional goals.

Personal relationships and communication are a big part of my life. If any aspect of that was lost, I would be missing something that is extremely important to me. Being able to connect with my family and friends is something that I value and that I consider a crucial part of my daily life. Connection is vital for everyone-regardless of any speech, language, or hearing challenges that may be faced.

Speech, language, and hearing skills are things that can be improved, and no one should feel alone in their struggle to grow in these areas and thrive in communicating with others.

For more information about Wichita-area services and connections to state and national resources, check out WSU’s Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.