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Language vs. Speech

Language vs. Speech

Language vs. Speech

The ability to share thoughts and ideas effectively starts at an early age. That’s why as the parent of a child, you should understand the common issues that some children face when talking to other people. Once you understand how people typically talk to others, you can proceed to get your child the necessary help they may need.

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A Starter Pack for Concerned Parents

Better Speech & Hearing

Navigating parenthood can be difficult, especially if you’re uncertain whether or not your child has a speech-language or hearing disorder. However, with the right amount of research and medical advice, you can begin taking steps to ensure that your child is placed in a treatment program that can help them attain academic and social success. Here’s a brief starter pack for parents who are unsure about speech-language and hearing disorders. More information can also be found here

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Autism & Commuication

Autism and Communication

Autism Speech Communication

What is autism?

Autism is a developmental disability that causes problems with social skills and communication. Autism can be mild or severe. It is different for every person. Autism is also known as autism spectrum disorders.

What are some signs or symptoms of autism?

Children with autism may have problems with communication, social skills, and reacting to the world around them. Not all behaviors will exist in every child. Possible signs and symptoms are outlined below. Read more

#GivingTuesday 2017

Support JSHC on #GivingTuesday November 28, 2017

Changing The World One Child At A Time!

#GivingTuesday #GivingtheGiftofCommunication

Thank you to our Major Sponsors

This year on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

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JSHC New Facility

JSHC’s New Facility

1010 Davis

Jacksonville, FL (September 1, 2017) — The 68-year old nonprofit Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) will open a new facility at 1010 North Davis Street on Monday, September 18, 2017. The announcement was made by Michael Howland, President and CEO. The new location will replace the 55-year North Laura Street home of the JSHC and include expanded areas for speech-pathology and audiology services, new hours and technological upgrades.

Providing Access to a World of Communication

“Our North Davis Street location is designed and built specifically to give our patients the best possible experience,” said Howland. “Selling the building we owned in Springfield, leasing the Davis Street location and investing the proceeds in our mission is the right choice to make in an era of tight funding for nonprofits.”

Located near the confluence of I-10 and I-95, the location features ample free parking and access to bus lines 4, 22 and 307. Hours will be 7:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:00am to 5:00pm on Fridays, an expansion of eight hours per week.

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center has helped over 13,000 patients in the last three years, including patients who need hearing/audiology services and speech-language pathology services. The audiology team conducts hearing evaluations for children and adults, including fittings, offering a complete line in the latest technology of hearing aids. They also provide hearing aid repairs, custom ear molds, hearing protection devices, musician plugs, swim molds and assistive listening devices.

The speech-language team works with children and adults who have articulation/phonological disorders/apraxia, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, fluency disorders such as stuttering, oral-motor speech disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, voice disorders and conducts diagnostic assessments. JSHC also is credentialed by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards as a Certified Autism Center.

1010 Society

In conjunction with the move, JSHC is announcing the introduction of the 1010 Society. Those who invest $1,010 in general support to the JSHC over the year will become Founding Members of the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center 1010 Society. “The 1010 Society and 1010 Club, along with naming opportunities for our new location, will provide critical support for our expanded operations,” said JSHC Board Chair Amy Ruth, a senior executive with Florida Blue. “We’re excited to build upon a legacy of community service that began when the Junior League of Jacksonville gave us our start in 1949

For more information about the 1010 Society, contact Rebecca Dugger or Michael Howland.

pediatric speech therapy jacksonville fl

Pediatric Speech Therapy Jacksonville, FL

Pediatric Speech Therapy Jacksonville, FLPediatric speech therapy is important for the youth of Jacksonville. Children connect with each other through communication. When the ability to speak and hear is affected or does not exist, the isolation and long-term effects can be profound. This is especially true in children, as hearing, speaking and understanding spoken language is an essential component to their growth and development.

When Pediatric Speech and Hearing issues go untreated, disorders in hearing and speech/language develop. This causes problems both at home and at school by impacting the child’s ability to learn. Poor self-esteem and behavior problems can lead to a lifetime of isolation. As adults, untreated communication disorders make it difficult to hold a job and be a contributing member of the community.

Pediatric Speech Therapy Jacksonville, FL

Early childhood success depends on a strong base of language and speech. The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is a non-profit agency and one of very few agencies that provides Pediatric Speech Therapy to underprivileged children and families in our community. For the past sixty years, the JSHC has provided the highest quality professional care to anyone with hearing, speech and/or language disorders.

WATCH with CC: Learn about pediatric speech and hearing disorders from Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center President & CEO Mike Howland

Certified Autism Center in Jacksonville, FL

Certified Autism CenterJacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is proud to be a Certified Autism Center in Jacksonville, FL specially trained to provide a high level of service to patients with autism and communication challenges.

A Certified Autism Center provides a patient-friendly environment that includes:

  • no sensory overload
  • patients ushered to quiet rooms
  • treatment that is minimally disruptive to the patient
  • communication with family members regarding diagnosis and treatment
  • a focus on “yes” or “no” questions to patient
  • allowing patients to see and touch materials
  • a health care professional manner that is direct and factual

If you are looking for Pediatric Speech Therapy in Jacksonville, FL, please contact us TODAY to schedule an appointment at (904) 355-3403.

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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.




Speech and hearing

Dianesia’s Story with Speech Pathology Treatment

“Mind of a Sponge”

Dianesia's speech therapy storyDiane Morgan clearly does not look her age but she is a grandmother with seven grandchildren. She regularly takes granddaughter  Dianesia, age 7, for speech pathology treatment at Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.  Dianesia’s older sister, Tavaria, also came to Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center when she was younger.

“Dianesia started attending Christ the King school this year and her teacher recommended the speech pathology treatments to help her,” Diane said.  “She has been attending treatments since the start of school and we’ve all noticed an improvement.”

Young Dianesia likes to visit Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center and thinks of it as fun. She also likes reading, is a quick learner and good with math.

Speech and hearing“It’s important to get the help when they are young,” explains Diane.  “This will help her through school and life. It’s doing it the right way.”

“I hear her sit and play with her dolls and I can hear what she is learning,” Diane added. “It’s a big change.”

“As my daughter says, they have a mind of a sponge when they are young.,” Diane said. “You have to grab them and teach them early in life.”

If you know someone struggling with their speech and is looking for a solution, please tell them about the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.

Ava's Story with Apraxia Speech Therapy

Ava’s Journey with Apraxia Speech Therapy

Ava speech therapy“I did my research on apraxia”

Lindsay Thomas is the mother of two young children. Lately she has been spending lots of time in the car seeking help for her younger child, Ava, who is three-and-a-half.  Ava has been diagnosed with apraxia of speech, a very rare disorder.

“Childhood apraxia of speech is different from some other children’s speech disorders,” explains Lindsay. “It’s not a problem with muscles in the face or mouth but a neurological disorder. Children know what they want to say but have a problem getting the words out.”

When Ava was diagnosed, Lindsay did her research on Jacksonville-area speech pathologists. When she visited the website of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center and read all the positive reviews, she knew that she had found help.

Apraxia speech therapy“Ava is shy but immediately loved her teacher, Katy,” said Lindsay. “Katy makes it fun and Ava loves coming here. Katy even knows that Ava loves the Disney Princesses and has used that in the treatment.”

“Ava will work hard for Katy.” Lindsay adds.  “She makes it so fun and is so patient with her.”

The treatment involves starting with consonant sounds and then connecting that to the different vowels. There is a lot of repetition and Ava is likely to be in long-term treatment for up to five years.

“When we started here she was only saying about 20 words,” Lindsay explained. “This treatment has boosted her confidence to where she is starting to put sentences together and adding words to her vocabulary.  It is great progress.”

Ava’s story was also featured on Jacksonville.com.

Ava's journey with apraxia

If you know someone struggling with their speech and is looking for a solution, please tell them to contact the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.

Communication Disorders

Communication Disorders

Speech and hearing disorders in both the young and old can result in a diminished ability to effectively communicate. Not being able to speak or hear clearly can impact a person’s personal relationships, the ability to fulfill their potential in both school and work, and ultimately their sense of self. Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center shares insights on how communication influences us, why communication skills are important, and solutions for improving communication disorders.

Communication Disorders Influence Us

speech and hearing jacksonvilleEveryone shares a basic desire to communicate. Communication has been defined as “the process of understanding and sharing meaning”. A diminished ability to communicate can influence your interests, what you believe you are good at, your confidence, even your sense of self. Those with difficulty hearing may shy away from learning or activities in which their ability to perform is affected. Those with difficulty speaking clearly may incorrectly think others don’t listen to them because they aren’t very interesting or that they are too often misunderstood. Whether you have difficulty understanding others or others have difficulty understanding you, your ability to communicate is central to your self-concept.

Communication Skills Are Important

We start learning effective communication skills at a very young age. Babies instinctively learn to communicate everything from when they are hungry to when they crave attention. As we grow and our emotions and needs become more complex, our speech and hearing has a greater role in the effectiveness of our communication. Healthy, functional family relationships rely heavily on effective communication skills. In school, hearing & speech is an integral part of the learning process as well as important to forming relationships with peers. Communication skills are especially important in our professional lives, from job interviews to promotions, even what career field we excel in.

Improving Speech and/or Hearing in Northeast Florida

communication disordersThe professionals at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center understand how communication disorders greatly impacts quality of life. Many of our staff members have either experienced communication disorders personally or have a close family member who has experienced it. We have designed our patient care experience to be how we would like to be treated. We take great pride on being at the forefront of the speech and hearing health field. Our licensed Clinical Audiologists provide the most technically accurate Hearing/Audiology services such as hearing evaluations and care recommendations for both children and adults. Our licensed Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) provide quality Speech & Language services such as diagnostic evaluations and treatment of speech and language problems for children and adults.

If you have further questions about speech and hearing disorders in children or adults, our audiologists, speech pathologists, services, events, or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.