Community Outreach news and updates from Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.

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Support Jacksonville Children Better Speech & Hearing #GivingTuesday

This year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving.

Last year more than 700,000 people in over 70 countries participated in #GivingTuesday. Since it’s founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

We are thrilled to join the movement again this year and THANK YOU for supporting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. When you make a contribution to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, you are investing in lasting changes in our community. Reach into your heart and give a gift to help preschoolers be ready for kindergarten.

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Help us help Northeast Florida’s children be ready for kindergarten able to communicate and free from stigma. When you give to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, you are investing in an effort to create lasting change in our community. Please consider a gift to help preschoolers be ready for kindergarten.

$2200

Your gift will fully support a child with communication disorder through his or her speech-language therapy program, an average of 22 intensive hour-long sessions.





$525

Your gift will provide 15 children with hearing and speech language screenings.





$200

Your gift will provide one child with a Diagnostic Speech-Language Evaluation.





$100

Your gift will provide a child with one hour of intensive speech-language therapy.





$35

Your gift will provide one child with a hearing and speech language screening.





You choose how much

No gift is too small, we appreciate your donation of any amount!




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Fund a Child

Give the Gift of Communication to a Local Child

What would it feel like if you could not tell someone you love them? For many children, saying simple words like “I love you” is not possible.

Identifying a preschooler with a speech and /or language delay and providing him/her with the intensive therapies needed to be ready to start kindergarten able to communicate, on par with other classmates, free from any impediments that is going to make him/her different, is one of the most valuable contributions we can make.

Since 1949, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center has been providing speech therapy for children with communications disorders.

A typical child requires 24-48 therapy sessions to overcome such a communication disorder. That’s six to 12 months of intensive weekly therapy sessions. Some require more.

Will you please make a difference in the life of a child and give them the gift of communication by donating to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center?

Our Fund a Child program makes it simple and easy to give.

  • $2500 provides evaluation and 22 therapy sessions
  • $1000 provides evaluation and 16 therapy sessions
  • $750 provides evaluation and 12 therapy sessions
  • $500 provides evaluation and 8 therapy sessions

Thank you in advance for your support and for making a difference in the life of a local child.




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Jacksonville Hearing Screenings – Free Community Events

Throughout the year the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center works with a variety of organizations and schools to provide community education as well as on-site mobile hearing and speech screenings. Our mobile van is fully equipped with an audiological booth for hearing testing on-site even in the noisiest of environments. With the help of our individual and corporate supporters, we reach and assist many more children, adults, and seniors who are having speech and/or hearing difficulties.

Join us at one of our upcoming free events across North Florida for an informative lecture followed by free hearing screenings.


 

 

Date
Saturday March 5th, 2016

Location
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Downtown Campus

Time
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have questions about JSHC audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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Jaguars Give & Go Ticket Offer

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Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center – Give & Go Program

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is participating in the Jaguars Give & Go Ticket Offer campaign in order to help raise money for the center. When you purchase tickets for Jaguars games through our individual page, JSHC will receive a percentage from each ticket sold. These are great deals on Jaguars tickets offering great prices! So, you save money on game day PLUS you support the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. It’s a WIN WIN!

Get the best deal on Jaguars tickets while supporting the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center! For every ticket purchased, JSHC will receive a donation of up to $30.

CLICK HERE to use our personalized link, which ensures that JSHC will receive a donation for every ticket purchased!

Go Jags!

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May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center wants to remind Jacksonville residents that communication disorders are treatable by raising awareness that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Founded in 1949, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center provides speech pathology and audiology evaluations and treatments including hearing aid fittings for children, adults and seniors from its office at 1128 N. Laura St.

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“Our staff of seasoned professionals has decades of experience in the areas of speech pathology and audiology,” said Mike Howland, President and CEO of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. “We work with everyone whether they have insurance or not to provide quality, affordable care.”

Hearing loss can affect children and adults.

Signs for parents to watch for with a child’s hearing loss is:

  • lack of attention to sounds,
  • does not follow simple directions,
  • delays in speech and language development,
  • and pulls or scratches his/her ears. 

In adults, hearing loss signs can include:

  • buzzing or ringing in ears,
  • muffled hearing,
  • increasing the volume on the television or radio,
  • constant frustration hearing speech and other sounds.

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center offers a variety of hearing aids including in the canal and behind the ear.  Unlike many hearing aid centers, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center works with a number of hearing aid manufacturers including Widex, Oticon, Siemens, Resound, Phonax and Unitron. This feature insures that the patient receives the type of hearing aid that will best help their particular hearing loss.

“Over 40 million Americans experience some kind of hearing loss,” said Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center audiologist Dr. Fenja Mattson. “Research has shown that addressing hearing loss can positively impact all aspects of a person’s life – personally, professionally and financially. I know we make it possible for people to continue to participate in the work force by wearing hearing aids.”

On the speech pathology side of the Center’s work, speech pathologists work with children and adults evaluating and treating language skills. Failure to assist children who have trouble with developing vocabulary or auditory processing can lead to problems in school. Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center can also work with children who are on the autism spectrum to help them improve their speech and adults who may have suffered speech impairment due to stroke.

“We have identified through pre-kindergarten screenings several preschoolers who have difficulty with articulation or stuttering disorders,” said Dorothy Train-Marsh, Speech Pathologist at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.  “These youngsters have now successfully exited the program with age appropriate skills that will give them a solid foundation for school.”

As part of its celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is celebrating its fourth annual FinFest on Saturday, May 30 at Timaquana Country Club. FinFest 2015: A Return to the River uses an island/beach theme to raise funds and awareness for patients of the Center who cannot afford treatment.

For ticket information visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/finfest-2015-return-to-the-river-tickets-15203737789?aff=eventful/r/eventful  or contact Kristen Dietzen at 904-355-3403, email kdietzen@shcjax.org.

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Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Completes Screening of 2385 Children

speech and hearing jacksonvilleThe Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, through grants funded by The Chartrand Family Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, The Florida Blue Foundation and Medtronic has completed the screening of 2385 children ages 2 – 5 and provided 1765 speech and language therapy sessions to 79 children who were identified as at risk for communications disorders.  The announcement was made by Mike Howland, President and CEO of the nonprofit.

The purpose of the grants was to provide speech-language pathology screenings, evaluations, and therapy to underserved and under/uninsured pre-kindergarten children located at daycare centers and preschools throughout Duval County.  It is vital to catch and treat speech and hearing disorders at an early age so children will not fall behind in school.

“Young children with speech and language disorders are at increased risk for difficulty with academic performance later in life,” said Dorothy Train-Marsh, a speech pathologist at Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. “Speech sound production is key to letter-sound relationships necessary for reading and writing.”

Parents should note the number of words their child uses by pre-kindergarten as well as the ability to string together four to five words in a sentence.  Certain phonological sounds such as saying the letter “v” or “f” should be present around the age of three.

Screenings were provided by ASHA Certified Speech-Language pathologists at over 75 Duval County preschools.speech and hearing jacksonville  Evaluations and therapy were provided to children with Medicaid, uninsured children and underinsured children at more than 35 preschools in Duval County.

“We are grateful to our grantors for helping us to provide this much needed service,” said Howland.  “The Chartrand Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation and Medtronic understand that children need to be ready to learn and communication skills are an important skill set for school.”

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center was founded in 1949 by the Junior League of Jacksonville.  Today this nonprofit, located at 1128 N. Laura St., serves children, adults and seniors providing screenings, evaluations and treatments in the areas of speech pathology and audiology.  Most major insurances are accepted.

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Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center FinFest 2015: Return to the River

In 2014, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center helped 5,290 people with speech and hearing disorders in Northeast Florida through professional speech and audiology therapies. We served the counties of Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay and Baker.  Of the more than 5,000 people we assisted, 76 percent were either uninsured or underinsured. These services were largely made possible by the funds raised at FinFest.

As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services, we provide the highest quality compassionate care through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and partnering organizations ensuring that no one is turned away.

We invite you to join us for FinFest 2015: Return to the River so we can continue to provide speech and audiology services to the members of the Jacksonville community. SAVE THE DATE on Facebook.

FinFest 2015: Return to the River

FinFest 2014

FinFest 2014

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015

Venue: Timuquana Country Club, 4028 Timuquana Road, Jacksonville FL 32210

(off of Roosevelt Blvd., not far from NAS JAX)

Time: 7-11pm

MC: First Coast News Anchor Katie Jefferies

Entertainment: Henry and the Seahawks

FinFest 2014

FinFest 2014 Festivities

Attire: Hawaiian/Beach Casual

Interested in being a sponsor, donating to the auction or volunteering? Please contact us!

Sponsorship and Ticket  Info: Kristen Dietzen 355-3403 or kdietzen@shcjax.org

Auction Donations: Cathy Howland 355-3403 chowland@shcjax.org

SAVE THE DATE on Facebook.

Did you know? FinFest is supported by a grant from the Endowed $10,000 Event Grant Fund established by Delores Barr Weaver. Click to read the article in the Jacksonville Business Journal.