With June 1st Comes the End of Speech & Hearing Month

This year I tried to spread the Speak Well, Hear Well, Live Well message for Speech & Hearing Month.

I put up bulletin boards and signs in my schools (and at an area hospital)…

ndnspeechmom strikes again

From a narrow hallway comes a cheerful message

I handed out treats at Needs Assessment meetings at my different schools (and to my local hospital)…

Speak! Hear! Live! (please read that in a Snap! Crackle! Pop! manner)

Chocolatey Speechie Goodness

Caffeine?? Holla atcha girl!

I also gave thank-you gift bags to the 6 Special Education teachers that I work with regularly. (They loved all their CASLPA and SASLPA swag.)  A special ndnspeechmom thank you goes out to CASLPA.  Having so many wonderful resources available online made it easy to spread the SpeakHearLive message.  I continually feel fortunate to belong to such a great professional organization.

In addition I tweeted, facebooked, sponsored a giveaway on my blog and generally brought it up in conversation whenever possible.

Mad swag yo

ndn bling

If you call me a Suzie I will throat punch you.

Speak Well, Hear Well, Live Well Giveaway! You Get a Car…and YOU get an iPad!

I’m kidding naturally…sorry.  Control yourselves people, I am not Oprah but a socio-economically challenged speech pathologist.  This small blog giveaway is to help celebrate & promote May – Speech and Hearing Month.  It is fun to have a new slogan, this year May Month has been rebranded with “Speak Well, Hear Well, Live Well”  by our friends at CASLPA

This blog post is about the NDNSPEECHMOM MAY MONTH GIVEAWAY!!  Enter and win the following:

Handcrafted (not by me) Beaded Earrings

In addition to the earrings the prize pack will arrive with “mystery” gifts! (Are you intrigued? You should be…mysteries are awesome.)

How do you enter? I’m glad you asked! To enter simply leave a comment on this post saying how you plan to celebrate Speech & Hearing Month and a winner will be chosen on Friday, May 13, 2011.  Everyone is eligible to enter from any and all countries…including CASLPA employees.  (You do not have to be a SLP or Audiologist to enter.)
For extra entries you can do 1 or all of the following (leave an additional comment for each extra entry):
1. tweet about this giveaway (include an @ mention to me @ndnspeechmom and/or a link back to this post)
2. follow my youtube channel
3. subscribe to this blog
I don’t expect many entries so comment away and win you some NDN bling and a mystery gift!!

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner!!

And the winner is…….

Champion SLGeek and winner of exclusive accent identification bragging rights among her beloved SLPeeps!

(Seriously, could @albrechtjn BE any cuter?) It was a close contest with Janelle correctly identifying 10 out of 16 of her fellow SLPeeps accents. 

I also present her with the following award:

You know she has this tatted on her somewhere…
Special thanks to the amazing SLPeeps who submitted audio samples:



















Yesterday was the anniversary of this blog, and to celebrate I present the first (of possibly several) SLPeep/SLGeek games.  What are the SLPeeps? Besides being the title of one of my blogrolls they are a professional network of smart, savvy (dare I say sexy) Speech Language Pathologists that initially found each other on twitter.   A few days ago I butted into a twitter convo about dialects and regional differences and the idea for this game was born….could we determine where each SLPeep was from simply by hearing their voice?

Everyone was invited to send in a recording of themselves reading THE RAINBOW PASSAGE, which is a standard reading passage.

Here we go…..to play leave a comment matching the 16 SLPeeps to one of the following accents. **NOTE some accents will be used more than once, but ALL will be used at least one time.  There will be a prize for the winner (whoever correctly guesses the most correct.) Also, the 16 wonderful SLPeeps are also eligible to play.

a)      Barbados

b)      Ireland

c)       (Massachusetts) USA

d)      (Missouri) USA

e)      (Montana) USA

f)       (New Jersey) USA

g)      (New York) USA

h)      New Zealand

i)        (Newfoundland) Canada

j)        (Ontario) Canada

k)   Trinidad


  1. @SLPTanya – Ontario, Canada  
  2. @MtMarySLP – Montana, USA 
  3. @namastebyday – Missouri, USA
  4. @SLPrj – Newfoundland, Canada  
  5. @TriniSLP – Trinidad
  6. @albrechtjn – Ontario, Canada 
  7. @azspeechguy – (Long Island) NY, USA
  8. @commforall – Missouri, USA
  9. @tuitree – New Zealand
  10. @zealousidler – (NYC) NY, USA
  11. @scarie – Ireland
  12. @SpeechTechie – Massachusetts, USA
  13. @e_stricks – Missouri, USA  
  14. @lausie18 – New Jersey, USA 
  15. @SpeechReka – Barbados
  16. @kimberlyslp – Newfoundland, Canada 

Question: Do You Want To Play a Game?

The answer is yes. During a twitter discussion a (geeky) idea for a game was born. Dialects are interesting; and everyone knows that accents are hot…and we ARE Speech and Language experts…

If we could only hear a voice would we be able to tell where the speaker was geographically from? (Ew I ended a sentence with “from” – I hate that almost as much as ending a sentence with “with.” Double ew.)

To play along send an audio recording of yourself reading the rainbow passage found here along with your twitter handle and your geographic location. Email them to ndnspeechmom@gmail.com and I will add them to our game.

Our SLPeep group is international so I can’t wait to hear all the recordings. This game will be more fun if greater numbers of people participate, so non-speechies please feel free to join in! Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld