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Speech Therapy for Elders in Jacksonville

Speech Therapy for the Elderly

Speech Therapy for the Elderly

Regardless of the age, the ability to communicate effectively is important. However, for seniors, this learned skill is critical. If seniors can’t successfully describe what they need in a particular situation, they may not get the help they need during an emergency situation. Contrary to children who may have similar communication issues, seniors require immediate medical attention due to their vulnerable and fragile physical condition. Fortunately, seniors are more likely to receive the help they need during medical emergencies when they receive effective speech therapy.

Speech therapy for the elderly can assist seniors with speech issues that are caused by the natural aging process. The therapy uses proven vocal exercises that have been shown to help seniors learn to speak and communicate effectively again after suffering from health issues such as stroke, dementia, head injury, and cancer.
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Hearing Loss: The Hidden Disability

Hearing Loss: The Hidden Disability

Despite how damaged one’s auditory system may be, it’s difficult to recognize that a person is hard of hearing by simply looking at them. That’s why hearing loss is considered a common invisible disability, and often times, the condition is greatly misunderstood by others.

For example, if you’re hard of hearing and ask people to repeat themselves for the third or fourth time in a row, they’re more likely to be frustrated with you rather than empathetic. This reaction is likely because if people are unable to physically see your hearing loss, they’re less likely to conceptualize the difficulties you’re experiencing.
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Culhane's Irish Pub

5th Annual Winter FUNraiser

Join us for our 5th Annual Winter FUNraiser on Friday, February 1 at Culhane’s Irish Pub-Atlantic Beach from 5:00-7:30 PM! With a $10 donation, you receive 1 free drink ticket, a free hearing screening, and the chance to win a prize! Karaoke will also be featured. All proceeds benefit JSHC.

Stuttering Helpful tips for your child Jacksonville

Stuttering: 6 Helpful Tips for Your Child

Stuttering

Also known as a form of dysfluency, stuttering is an interruption in the flow of speech. When children stutter, they’re usually repeating certain phrases, sounds, syllables, and words. Although it’s normal for children between the ages of two and five to stutter, children who stutter past five years old may need special treatment for this language disorder.

Stuttering: how to help my child

The Causes of Stuttering

Many experts believe that there are four primary factors that cause this condition.

  1. Genetics: Approximately 60 percent of people who stutter have a family member who also has this condition than those without.
  2. Child Development: Children with other developmental delays and language or dysfluency problems are more susceptible to this condition.
  3. Neurophysiology: Most children who stutter process language in a different area of the brain than other children. Because of the different way that the brain processes language, such differences in language processing also affects the muscles that control speech.
  4. Family Dynamics: Children who come from a family with a fast-paced lifestyle are also more likely to stutter.

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Thank You for Making #GivingTuesday 2018 a Success!

GivingTuesday Thank You!

This year, JSHC raised a record-breaking $14,697 from a record 91 donors!

With these funds, our staff will be able to provide 294 speech evaluations and therapy sessions to low-income preschoolers, adding 42 new patients to our programming!

Such success can be attributed to the generosity of our many independent supporters, as well as the deep investment of JSHC staff and Board of Directors, 100 percent of whom participated in the giving campaign.

Thank you to all in our community who continue to support us not only on #GivingTuesday, but every day of the year. We’re proud to serve you and call you part of our family!

#GivingTuesday JSHC Thank You

Support JSHC on #GivingTuesday November 27, 2018

Changing The World One Child At A Time!

#GivingTuesday #GivingtheGiftofCommunication

This year on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the capability of social media along with the generosity of individuals around the world to generate true improvement in their communities; offering a stage so that they can encourage the donation of time, resources, and skills to heal local concerns. Additionally it brings together the shared power of an amazing assortment of partners— nonprofits , civic organizations, businesses, corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

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Identifying Your Child’s Communication Milestones

Identifying Your Child’s Communication Milestones

As a parent of a child between the ages of one month and five years old, you’re probably wondering how you can identify your child’s communication milestones. When it comes to healthy speech and hearing development, these are undoubtedly the most important years of your child’s life. The following pages contain developmental charts which represent, on average, the age by which most children will accomplish the listed skills.

Children typically don’t master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each age range. Although this range is a great guide that you can use to monitor your little one’s progress, just remember that every child is unique and has an individual rate of development. Keep in mind that your children may not necessarily have a disorder if they haven’t accomplished one skill within an age range. Here’s a brief summary of the important communication milestones. Read more

Jags Give & Go 2018

Jacksonville Jaguars Give & Go 2018

Continuing an ever-growing tradition, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will be participating in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Give & Go Program for the fourth year in a row. Join the “Friends of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center” for our annual tailgate party on December 2! Simply purchase tickets for the Jaguars vs. Colts game, and you’ll receive a VIP invitation to our exclusive celebration.

Jags Give & GoYou can purchase game tickets for $40 through the Center by calling (904) 717-6930 or by emailing Sheri Taylor at STaylor@shcjax.org. All proceeds will benefit the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center—so, what better way to combine your love of the JSHC’s great work and the Jags’ great team?

Want more ways to support the JSHC and the Jags? We’ve got you covered! For additional games that benefit the JSHC, click here, choose “Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, Inc.” from the dropdown arrow of nonprofits, and select the game you wish to attend.

 

Summer Celebration

Summer Giving Celebration 2018

The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is excited to announce its Summer Giving Celebration event, taking place on Wednesday, July 25 at the Center’s 1010 N. Davis Street location from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The celebration will honor the generous donors whose support helps make the JSHC’s mission possible. Special guests will include Bill Shelton, the Joseph and Gertrude LaRose Foundation, the organization’s inaugural 1010 Society Members, Sharon Kesler, SLP, and Cathy Howland. The evening will culminate in a room dedication ceremony honoring the extraordinary contributions of the Center’s longtime partner, Haskell.