ASHA’s 223,000 members work in a variety of roles and settings across the country and even the world. Despite their differences, they share a common goal: to help people better connect with each other. In celebration of this shared mission, “Connecting People” is the theme of this year’s Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM).

This May marks the 50th anniversary of BHSM. Here at the ASHA Journals, we’re celebrating by highlighting some of our most recent research to support ASHA members working in a different setting every week. This week, we’ll start where speech, language, and hearing interventions start for many—in the schools!

Children With DLD and Hearing Loss

Listening-Related Fatigue in Children With Hearing Loss: Perspectives of Children, Parents, and School Professionals: For children with hearing loss, the high level of effort required to remain engaged in school and social activity may result in listening-related fatigue, affecting them mentally. In this article, children, parents, and professionals talk about listening-related fatigue and how we can work to better understand its effect on children.

Language Sample Analysis in Clinical Practice: Speech-Language Pathologists’ Barriers, Facilitators, and Needs: Most speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who work with children with developmental language disorder (DLD) do not perform language sample analysis, although they recognize that it can be helpful for goal setting and evaluating grammatical therapy. This article discusses barriers to performing language sample analysis and whether or not SLPs would use it more following additional training.

Reading and Social Communication Skills

Psychometrics of the Pragmatic Rating Scale for School-Age Children With a Range of Linguistic and Social Communication Skills: Social communication and pragmatics skills can be an indicator of autism spectrum disorder or social (pragmatic) communication disorder. In this article, the authors evaluated a measure of social communication skills that could potentially help with diagnoses of these disorders.

Teachers’ Use of Scaffolds Within Conversations During Shared Book Reading: In this article, the authors look at teachers’ behaviors during shared book reading that can help support early language skills. Take a closer look at these scaffolding strategies—and how to incorporate these into shared book reading.

The Love and Science of Reading: A Promising Instructional Approach for Adolescent Multilingual Learners: Adolescent multilingual learners are more likely to have reading difficulties. This article provides a model for accelerating language development by developing a love of reading (and teaching reading!) in school.

More for BHSM!

ASHA encourages you, our members, to spread the word about the important work you do during BHSM. Head over to ASHA’s BHSM 2022 page to find videos, infographics, and images you can share on social media to help educate the public. Also, get a sneak peek at the weekly BHSM themes for the rest of the month with specialized materials available each week.

We hope that you’ll find some timely information to use or share with colleagues during this week’s focus on speech, language, and hearing intervention in the schools. Looking for even more resources for audiologists and SLPs in the schools? Check out our school-based settings topic page. With thousands of articles, we know you’ll have plenty to discover before we see you again next week!