The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has launched a new nationwide campaign to educate the public about communication disorders. Titled “Identify the Signs”, the campaign is aimed at helping the public recognize early warning signs of speech, language, and hearing impairment.

PR Web reported yesterday, “Results of a recent survey of ASHA’s membership revealed that 45% of expert respondents reported lack of awareness as the number one barrier to early detection of communication disorders.” Early detection is vital to treating and oftentimes reversing the effects of these disorders. Delayed treatment can result in poor academic and job performance, isolation, and delayed development.

ASHA board President Patricia Prelock stated, “Our members are certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists who see the consequences of delayed intervention each and every day. We are launching this year-long campaign to help the public identify and act on the early warning signs of communication disorders, allowing people to get the most effective treatment for the best chance at improved quality of life.”

A video from Identify the Signs can be found here and podcasts can be found here. Media for the campaign will include television, radio, and print and will be in both English and Spanish.