WESLACO – Weslaco Mayor David Suarez joined the staff of Valley Grande Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in issuing a City Proclamation recognizing May as Better Hearing & Speech Month.

The month of May was designated in 1927 and in 1986 President Ronald Reagan issued a formal national proclamation to “heighten public awareness” regarding causes and treatments of hearing loss and speech impediments. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) promotes these issues throughout the year.

“We’re very pleased that the City of Weslaco has joined us in educating the public about the importance of diagnosing and treatment of hearing or speech-related impairments,” said Joe Longoria, Director of Rehabilitation at Valley Grande Manor. “It’s amazing to see how quality of life improves through appropriate plan of care and timely therapeutic interventions.”

The theme for 2016, our theme is “Communication Takes Care.”

More than 34 million Americans are affected by hearing loss.

“Being able to express something as basic as wants and needs is just one of the areas Speech Language Pathologists are capable of addressing.” added Longoria.

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These photos are:

Valley Grande Manor’s Idalia G. Longoria MS, Certificate of Clinical Competence/Speech Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) implements program for a patient. (first attached photo left to right)

Valley Grande Manor’s Cynthia Cantu-Garza MS, Certificate of Clinical Competence/Speech Language Pathologist (CCC-SLP) analyzes a patient. (second photo…)

Joe Longoria, Rehab Director at Valley Grande Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center addressing City of Weslaco City Commission and accepting the Mayoral Proclamation from Weslaco Mayor David Suarez.

About Valley Grande Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

Valley Grande Manor, which has approximately 175 employees, is a full-service nursing home that offers post-operative temporary rehabilitation and long-term nursing care. Valley Rehab Center provides speech, occupational and physical therapy to residents and outpatient clients. Valley Grande Manor is located at 1212 South Bridge Avenue. For more information, call (956) 968-2121.