May is finally here, and that makes all of us here at WebPT super stoked. Why? Well, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and of course, it’s Better Hearing and Speech Month!

The tradition of Better Hearing and Speech Month began more than 75 years ago as a way to shed light on the many forms of communication disorders and impairments affecting human hearing, speech, language, and voice. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that approximately 43 million people in the United States live with some kind of speech, voice, language, or hearing impairment.

Here are a few more figures to consider:

  • About two to three out of every 1,000 children in the US are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. Nine out of every ten children who are born deaf have parents with normal hearing function.
  • More than three million Americans stutter, with the highest incidence occurring among boys ages two through six.
  • An estimated one million people in the US have aphasia, a language disorder resulting from post-stroke brain damage.
  • Approximately 36 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss, yet only one out of five people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one.

Communication impairments can hinder a person’s ability to succeed academically, professionally, and socially. The good news is that even though many of these conditions are incurable, most respond well to therapy treatment.

On that note, we’d like to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on all of the fabulous audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and other communication specialists out there who dedicate their life’s work to improving the lives of those affected by hearing and speech disorders. In a world seemingly ruled by emails, text messages, Facebook posts, and Twitter feeds, it’s easy to devalue the importance of face-to-face communication. But so much of the human experience is tied to our interactions with others, and these amazing professionals do everything they can to make sure no one misses out on the simple joy of connecting with another person.

So, consider this a collective tip o’ the hat from everyone at WebPT. Thanks for all you do!

For additional Better Hearing and Speech Month materials—including a special screensaver, activities for kids, and this year’s BHSM poster—visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s website. Also be sure to check out the BHSM page on Pintrest.

The PT’s Guide to Billing - Regular BannerThe PT’s Guide to Billing - Small Banner
  • Spooky, Scary, or Just Plain Fun: Halloween Traditions Across Our Community Image

    articleOct 31, 2017 | 3 min. read

    Spooky, Scary, or Just Plain Fun: Halloween Traditions Across Our Community

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved Halloween. Sure, I’ve been a cat more times than I can count—not the most original or frightening costume, to be certain—but there’s just something exhilarating about donning a mask (or face makeup in my case) and exploring the things that go bump in the night. After all, the ancient Celts—who celebrated Samhain, what The History Channel credits as the “ancient origins of Halloween”—believed that on October 31, “the …

  • articleNov 23, 2011 | 3 min. read

    How We Define 'Grateful'

    grate·ful : adj \ˈgrāt-fəl\ 1a : appreciative of benefits received   b: expressing gratitude <grateful thanks> 2 a: affording pleasure or contentment :pleasing    b: pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated   Kicking off the holiday season is the food-fanatic’s favorite, Thanksgiving. In the hectic preparation of the Thursday feast and family festivities, we took a moment to discuss what it means to be grateful. You can look it up in a dictionary, but it’s what …

  • articleOct 17, 2011 | 1 min. read

    We Appreciate Physical Therapists

    It’s another lovely morning here at WebPT and we’re excited to bring you yet another video message. We believe it's important for you to connect faces with the many familiar names at WebPT. More important is for our PT members to know that we're grateful for all they do. As part of our ongoing celebration of National Physical Therapy month, we sat down with our Director of Sales, Matt Wolach. Matt had a few things to share with …

  • Shop the WebPT Marketplace this Holiday Season Image

    articleDec 4, 2014 | 2 min. read

    Shop the WebPT Marketplace this Holiday Season

    If you’re playing Santa this year for your referral sources and don’t feel like coming down the chimney, down —I have a solution for you. With a few clicks, you can order gifts from the WebPT Marketplace and have them delivered anywhere within the US—both chimney soot- and Santa suit-free—without having to wait until exactly 12 o’clock.   Only available to WebPT Members, the WebPT Marketplace is a one-stop shop for your clinic, where you’ll find clinic …

  • Expectation vs. Reality: Why Patients Really Drop Out of Therapy Image

    articleAug 29, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Expectation vs. Reality: Why Patients Really Drop Out of Therapy

    As a rehab therapy provider, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the following scenario: a new patient comes to therapy, sets goals, and agrees to the course of treatment. Then, within the first few visits, he or she vanishes into thin air. This disappearing act is beyond disappointing , especially when you know that patients who remain in therapy are more likely to recover—and there’s a lot of research to back that up. But according to this article from Strive …

  • articleSep 8, 2011 | 2 min. read

    Happy World Physical Therapy Day 2011

    Today is Physical Therapy Day 2011. Congratulations to all the PT’s across the world.             This Year's Theme     The theme this year is demonstrating the crucial role that PTs have in the treatment and prevention of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs are diseases that are not contagious such as: Diabetes Obesity   Heart disease Stroke Physical therapists are the movement experts and as such, have a huge role in helping the global …

  • articleJul 30, 2012 | 3 min. read

    WebPT Gets Pumped Up for the 2012 Olympics

    Today’s blog post comes from copywriters Charlotte Bohnett and Erica Cohen. The 2012 Summer Olympic Games kicked off in London this past weekend, and we’re pretty excited about the events. As physical therapists, many of you have treated Olympic athletes (maybe you’re even treating a future Olympian right now). So we want to hear from you: what’s your greatest Olympic moment? Our very own Brian Kunich, PT, will be watching one of his former patients compete this …

  • Physical Therapy Valentine’s Day Cards Image

    downloadFeb 8, 2016

    Physical Therapy Valentine’s Day Cards

    Are you looking for the perfect way to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day?” Well, you’re in luck. Because in honor of good ol’ St. Valentine, we created these printable #GetPT Valentine’s Day cards! They’re sweet and sassy, and we hope they give you a reason to play the part of Cupid in your practice. Submit your email below, and we’ll send you printable #GetPT Valentine’s Day cards.

  • Second That Emotion: How Emotional Intelligence Creates Loyal Patients Image

    articleSep 19, 2017 | 6 min. read

    Second That Emotion: How Emotional Intelligence Creates Loyal Patients

    If you’re a fan of “The Office,” you’re undoubtedly familiar with Michael Scott’s cringe-inducing behavior. While his awkward, emotional outbursts make for great comedy, if you had to work with someone like Michael, you probably wouldn’t stick around very long. And if that person were a rehab therapist, his or her patients probably wouldn’t stick around very long, either. That’s because—as funny as Steve Carell's iconic character is—Michael is impetuous and emotional (and not in a good …

Achieve greatness in practice with the ultimate EMR for PTs, OTs, and SLPs.