Learn more about how we bridge the gap between communication sciences and disorders and athletics. Our Career Pathways program recruits and educates speech-language pathologists and audiologists, as well as advocates for interprofessional experiences to ensure a diverse pipeline into sports clinics, camps and leagues. We partner with sports and fitness communities to meet athletes where they are by working out their brains and bodies! Our Brain Workout program provides in-person and online classes, discussions and resources.
Head to Speech, Incorporated is the first ever 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to solely focus on brain health and the impact that post-concussion syndrome has on student, professional and former athletes' speech-language, hearing and cognitive-communication outcomes. We advocate for speech-language pathologists and audiologists to be included in sports concussion management protocols and to serve on interprofessional teams throughout the athletes' continuum of care and lifetime.
The Head to Speech Awareness Campaign Toolkit provides you with everything you need to know about Head to Speech Incorporated, our awareness campaign and the tools needed to accept our Public Service Announcement (PSA) Challenge! We are on a mission to help various communities create 30–second videos and audio spots that raise awareness and donations for our programs. The PSAs are promoted across our social media platforms and in major media markets nationwide.
Once you complete our ambassador application you will receive an onboarding questionnaire and recurring Ambassador Zoom link for Meet & Greets! Our headquarters are within the Washington, DC area. However, we are a national organization! Our events are hybrid (in-person and online) and have a self-study option. We encourage you to raise awareness and donations within your community! We will send you everything you need to host your Head to Speech events!SIGN UP
The Brain Workout Program is perfect for physical education programs, intercollegiate athletic programs, sports clinics, camps, leagues, and Corporate Wellness. Contact us today to schedule your 30 min consultation and we will send you our Brain Workout Assessment!CONTACT US TODAY
By sharing your story or the story of someone you know provides our community with insight into athletes' lives. Share a testimonial on how our brain workouts are beneficial to completing sports drills and physical fitness exercises, managing nutrition and wellness goals, and/or reducing mental health issues.SHARE NOW
The Head to Speech Ambassador Box is a seasonal subscription box that helps us sustain our donations and Ambassador engagement! The box is curated by our Interprofessional Task Force made up of Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and Allies for our inclusion in sports concussion management. Our seasonal themed boxes are centered around our brain workout challenges and contain 4-6 health, wellness, fitness, nutrition or sports performance products ranging from books and journals to athleisure clothing, brain healthy workout plans, self-care routines, and recipes! We offer these boxes to our Head to Speech Community and incorporate them as part of our swag given to our program participants.
Our Ambassador Box Pitch Competition is held during our Summer Bootcamp for Performance, Leadership and Innovation. Learn about evidence-based practices, current trends, and what our Ambassadors need to be successful in brain health and sports concussion management. Accelerate your partnership through strategy sessions and the completion of an independent project to move our purpose, vision and mission forward. Get your innovative ideas, services, programs, and products aligned with Head to Speech!
Our Concussion Recovery Care Packages provide athletes and their support systems with FREE cognitive-communication therapeutic resources and materials that support them working out their brain and body, as well as return-to-playing, learning, working, and activities of daily living.
Request a package by indicating if the athlete is a student, professional or former athlete.REQUEST A PACKAGE
The items on our Amazon Wish List help us provide Brain Workout Starter Packs and Concussion Recovery Care Packages. We also utilize these items to provide preventative education demonstrations for student, professional and former athletes, and their support systems.
Ways to get involved:
100% of donations go towards programs for student-athletes, professional and former athletes, as well as their support systems affected by sports concussion. You will receive a donation acknowledgment letter from Head to Speech Incorporated.
"I bring my knowledge and background in auditory processing disorders to Head to Speech because many of the athletes who have suffered head injuries and concussions, even mild concussions, may have suffered trauma to systems involved in processing auditory information, but there is a lack of awareness and understanding of how such head injuries can affect the athlete's abilities to process and understand what is said to them. This can affect their social lives, education, work, and life in general."
"I have personal experience with head injury/concussion working with family members, one who played high school, college, and semi-professional football and another who experienced two playground injuries."
"Head to Speech is a great nonprofit program that provides a much-needed educational service to athletes, families, and those who work with athletes. I would like to contribute to the concussion prevention and educations work that Head to Speech will do to support those who may experience concussion and those who provide support to athletes."
"What interests me about serving on the Board of Directors of Head to Speech is the opportunity to be a part of something that will make a huge impact not only in my direct community but I believe this will help to educate all facets of the health field. This is to include not only the field of Speech-Language Pathology but all involved in sports such as sports medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health. I am very excited to aid in making such a groundbreaking change through education within the health field and sports community."
"As an accomplished Financial Advisor, I help Head to Speech fulfill its mission by contributing financially to the task, goals, and objectives and provide my wise counsel gained through over 30 years of academic achievement and professional experience."
"My interest in concussion management is very personal. My father who was an athlete all of his life suffered many concussions. The result being cognitive deficits and affecting his quality of life as an elderly senior. I also have two grandsons who are energetic and curious, and will certainly play sports. Their protection and those of other athletes is my utmost interest."
Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 to secure funding and ensure programming through 2023-2024.
Help us make the Head to Speech® Sports Concussion & The Effects on Cognitive-Communication Skills Awareness Campaign & Toolkit the leading national health communications and social marketing awareness campaign from a speech-language pathologists' and audiologists’ perspective designed to increase public knowledge and awareness on head injury, sports-related concussion and the effects on speech, language, hearing and cognitive-communication skills in a time-effective and efficient manner.
Proceeds go towards research, policy and advocacy, increased media partnerships and sponsorships, printing and distribution, brand ambassador training, operational and travel expenses, national and international support to address health disparities, etc.
Our awareness campaign and toolkit initiatives will include:
Help Head to Speech continue to provide evidence-based courses as a continuing education provider with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Our Academy supports the educational needs of sports medicine and rehabilitation providers, coaches, athletes, and support groups including academic advisors, vocational counselors, spouses, family members, and caregivers!
Proceeds from the Head to Speech Academy provide graduate school scholarships, professional fellowships and travel stipends to those demonstrating an interest in adult neurogenic disorders, traumatic brain injury and sports-related concussion research, clinical leadership and innovation.
Our 3 Signature Programs are:
Our Ambassadors receive Sports Concussion Fundamentals webinars during our monthly Meet & Greets!
Help us build a community that not only provides resources to athletes with concussions and their support systems but also connects health, wellness and fitness communities with opportunities to facilitate and host a support group or a fundraiser using the Head to Speech® Brain Workout & Meals Program!
Proceeds from the Head to Speech® Brain Workout & Meals Program help us provide the following:
Facilitate a support group that focuses on athletes and their support systems by discussing the following: Return-to-playing, return-to-learning, and vocational training, overview of concepts, such as dual tasking and mindfulness.
Encourage the inclusion of SLPs and AuDs in traditional modes of care delivery, including co-treatment with physical and occupational therapists.
Share resources and tools within an engaged community!
Interested in sponsoring the SPRING 2024 Head to Speech® Interprofessional Task Force Summit? The generosity of our sponsors and donors makes it possible for attendees to enjoy a fabulous Summit with fellow Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, as well as health and rehabilitation professionals, sports management professionals, athletes and their support systems. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected].
First 10 Task Force Members
$408 for late enrollment
Payment Plan $19/month
Take Advantage of our Group Rate We offer 30% OFF for educational institutions, companies, organizations, or community collectives with no more than 5 individuals who make up that group.
Invite Head to Speech to your next community event! We'll be there to raise awareness and fundraise within your community! Our Founder, Dr. Tabia Pope proudly invites all community collectives, especially sports parents to get involved! She is the wife of Patrick Pope, a CIAA Player of the Year, All American, and retired international professsional basketball player. She is also a sports mom of two boys and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Partner with us if player safety is of the upmost importance to you and your community!
Head to Speech offers three groups including the Head to Speech Interprofessional Task Force, Head to Speech Academy, and Head to Speech Community for Athletes with Concussion & Their Support Systems.
Advisory Council, Masterclasses & Interprofessional Summit Planning
Join an Interprofessional Task Force of leaders and active participants interested in doing the following:
1) Advocate for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in sports concussion management to ensure athletes receive education, counseling, timely identification, assessment, and interventions for post-concussive speech-language, hearing and cognitive-communication disorders.
2) Share how the sports and medical communities can improve upon the current referral processes, educational, clinical, scientific, and charitable initiatives in sports concussion management and cognitive-communication rehabilitation.
3) Engage on an ongoing basis within our Facebook Group and meet annually at the Head to Speech Interprofessional Summit in order to audit current protocols, programs, interventions, and resources; Discuss problems and solutions; Identify ways to utilize the Head to Speech Awareness Campaign and Toolkit in various communities; and carryout action plans by monitoring their outcomes.
Continuing Education & Professional Development Courses
Our courses are specifically designed for the following key groups:
Sports & Fitness
The Head to Speech Brain Workout Community provides brain health education, neurocognitive training, live discussions, and resources for the sports & fitness community!
We welcome college, professional & former athletes and their support systems from family and coaches to teammates, medical personnel, academic advisers, vocational counselors, and the people that make up an athlete’s entourage play a fundamental role in their brain health, post-concussive cognitive-communication rehabilitation, and cognitive aging.
Athletes under the age of 18 require their legal guardians consent and involvement.
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