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 which address sports concussion & the effects on cognitive-communication skills. The PSAs are promoted across our social media platforms and in major media markets nationwide.
Record yourself enthusiastically saying our motto, "Ready, Set, Head to Speech!"
The Head to Speech Brain Workout Subscription 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 themed boxes and brain health challenges 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! Our Concussion Recovery Care Packages provide athletes and their support systems with therapeutic resources, cognitive-communication interventions, and products that support return-to-playing, learning, working, and activities of daily living. Support our Concussion Recovery Care Package Drive by becoming an Ambassador or donating today!
We couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to cut the ribbon to our nonprofit organization than at the 2021 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention! Thank you to everyone who joined us for an evening of crowdfunding for our programs, supporting our athleisure clothing campaign, raffling of prizes, and networking. Dr. Pope provided information about our purpose, mission and 2022 programming.
Head to Speech Incorporated is the first ever 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to solely focus on the impact that post-concussion syndrome has on collegiate, professional and former athletes' speech-language, hearing and cognitive-communication outcomes.
"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."
"My research centers around providing culturally responsive assessment and intervention protocols for multicultural, multilingual children, mainly Spanish and Caribbean English Creole speakers.I support Head to Speech’s educational, scientific and charitable purposes and mission within multicultural populations at high-risk of sustaining sports-related concussions and facing health disparities."
"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."
"I help Head to Speech create content for our readers and participants by disseminating educational information and resources that align with our mission. I also help us create a niche, become successful, and help athletes who otherwise would be discouraged to seek help. I am also interested in collaborating with different professionals, cultivating a positive experience, and growing as a collective body of peers."
"As an accomplished IRS Enrolled Agent (EA), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®), I will 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."
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.
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Head to Speech Incorporated
3540 Crain Highway Suite 509
Bowie, MD 20716
Help us reach our fundraising goal of $50,000 to secure startup funding and ensure programming through 2022.
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 will 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 us become a continuing education provider with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and support 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 will 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:
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 & Workout Meals Program!
Proceeds from the Head to Speech® Brain Workout & Workout Meals Program will 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 2022 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 The Head to Speech® Interprofessional Task Force Summit Planning Committee via [email protected]
First 10 Task Force Members
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:
College, Professional & Former Athletes
The Head to Speech Community provides resources for College, Professional & Former Athletes with Post-Concussive Cognitive-Communication Deficits & 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 post-concussive cognitive-communication rehabilitation.
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