Local speech therapist Sarah Barrett discovers the need for a children’s speech clinic after her practice is unable to meet the growing caseload of children in need of therapy. Barrett discusses the problem with pediatrician Dr. Hugh Carithers and Junior League Member Jane Grey Scott. Together, they create the Children’s Speech Correction Clinic.
A Partnership with the Junior League
Service in the Era of Jim Crow
The Clinic officially expands its services to Brewster Hospital, Jacksonville’s first hospital for African-Americans, after initially being unable to treat African-American children due to Jim Crow Laws. Therapy takes place in Brewster’s Isolation Ward four-and-a-half days a week, with therapists alternating days.
After serving as an amalgamated entity for eight years, the Children Guidance and Speech Correction Clinic elects to separate into two different organizations—the Child Guidance Clinic of Duval County and the Speech and Hearing Center of Duval County, which would later become the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.
Breaking New Grounds
The Center purchases a property “located at First and Laura Streets” to build new permanently integrated facilities, signaling a new era of expansion. During this time, the Center begins offering additional audiology services, participating in community health fairs, as well as pioneering early intervention speech-language and hearing programs for local preschoolers.
Driving the Change
The Center receives a Hearing Test Mobile Unit “equipped with two audiometers, eight chairs and a small desk” as a donation. The unit is described as a “trailer-office, waiting room and hearing test room with a sound treated booth” that can be used to test patients off-site throughout the community.
Raising Awareness About Speech and Hearing Health
Care During the AIDS Crisis
Facing Financial Challenges
Becoming a Certified Autism Center