Today is the last day of May, so it seemed like a great time to think back on how I celebrated Speech-Language and Hearing Awareness Month in 2014.
This year, as a member of BCASLPA's advocacy committee, I was very excited about the theme we came up with: "Communicating is Connecting". As soon as my envelope from BCASLPA arrived, with my materials (posters, postcard, bumper sticker, candies, and balloon), I laminated my posters and put them up on the bulletin board at work (picture to follow).
I also promoted the Speech-Language and Hearing month by putting things where the public would see them. I put my "Communicating is Connecting" bumper sticker, from BCASLPA, on my truck (and then took it on a road trip to Calgary). I put the "Communicating is Connecting" postcard facing out from my window at work. I purchased my first SLP t-shirt and I have worn it a few times already. I have also been wearing my "Communicating is Connecting" button all month.
While wearing my button in Calgary I was identified by an SLP student, who was talking to a prospective SLP student. I got to join in their conversation by adding my two bits and by asking a few questions of them too. The button worked: I really enjoyed communicating and connecting with these "SLPs to be".
On May 11th a colleague and I did a "Communicating is Connecting" themed event at the Saanich Centre. We set up a table with a variety of informational posters, crayons, stickers, colouring sheets, postcards, bumper stickers, and brochures to give away.
We also had blank speech bubbles and we encouraged people to tell us what "Communicating is" to them (for a chance to win a $20 Starbucks card). The response from the public was phenomenal! By the end of the day we had over 45 speech bubbles with the most amazing messages. The things that people shared went above and beyond what I, as an SLP, ever could have conceived of.
As you can see, from the tweets above, I also helped to share the "Communicating is Connecting" campaign on BCASLPA's various social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn). We also had a Twibbon campaign with over 20 unique supporters!
This month also meant more clearly defining my new role as the Social Media chair for the newly established Social Media Committee for BCASLPA. I am thrilled to have this opportunity and I am looking forward to continuing my work with this amazing organization in this way.
I would have to say this has been my favourite Speech-Language and Hearing awareness month ever. The materials that BCASLPA shared made me feel connected to something bigger. I am also so happy to have done the event, as it was great to connect with the public and get people thinking about communication.
How did you celebrate Speech-Language and Hearing Awareness month?