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JSHC #GivingTuesday

Help Support JSHC This #GivingTuesday (December 3)!

A Global Day of Giving

#GivingTuesday #PinDownCommunication

This year on Tuesday, December 3, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will be participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Our goal is to raise $17,500—funds that will provide 500 members of our community in-need with free speech and hearing screenings

These screenings will provide the basis for individuals with speech, language, and hearing needs to overcome the communication difficulties that hinder their ability to thrive socially, academically, and professionally. With your support, we can help people speak, we can help people hear, and, most importantly, we can help people be heard. 

For the past 70 years, we have provided life-changing services that enable children with communication disorders to start kindergarten on level with their peers, adults who have lost their job due to hearing loss to obtain the hearing aids necessary for them to return to the workforce, and veterans overcome service-related hearing challenges as they transition into civilian life.

In honor of our 70th Anniversary, this #GivingTuesday will feature special edition 70th anniversary button pins designed by children in our community. For every $70 that you donate to our #GivingTuesday efforts, you will receive a complimentary button pin that you can proudly wear to demonstrate your commitment to helping us #PinDownCommunication on the First Coast.  

Through your gift, you will truly be making a difference in our patients’ lives and in our community. You can contribute to our cause by donating via our website’s “Donate” button below, our official #GivingTuesday Facebook fundraiser, cash, or checks made out to the “Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.” Thank you in advance for your generosity! 

For any #GivingTuesday-related questions, please contact Emily Wasek at EWasek@shcjax.org or (904) 717-6933.


Please take a moment to share this with your friends, family and connections.

You’ll be providing a favor to your connections by letting them know about a life-changing opportunity. You’ll be providing a favor to us by helping us get more visibility for our cause. But most importantly, you’ll be providing a favor to Northeast Florida’s community by helping our children gain the gift of communication.

Thank you!

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JSHC Pindown Contest

Pin Down Communication Contest

Put Your Artistic Skills on Display!

In honor of our 70th Anniversary, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is holding a #PinDownCommunication art contest for patients and community members. All entrants are encouraged to submit an original design for special edition pins celebrating our 70 years of service!

Voting is Open! (Voting Ends on November 20th)

Vote for your top 3 designs by clicking the link below.

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Back to School Hearing

Prepping for back-to-school? Don’t forget hearing!

Can you hear the back-to-school bell? 

It’s August, and that means pretty soon the kids will be saying goodbye to the summer vacation and saying hello to homework, books, and new schedules. We all want our kids to do well in school, but sometimes they struggle.

What if your child wasn’t able to hear as well as the other children? Did you know that hearing issues share many of the same symptoms as ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder)? Read more

Let’s Tackle Hearing and Speech Issues this May

Let’s tackle hearing and speech issues this May


Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and it’s the perfect opportunity to create understanding about communication disorders and how common they are. If you or a loved one experiences hearing or speech issues, visiting our clinic is not only normal, but encouraged! Read more

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Certified Autism Center

Support Autism Awareness Month

Support Autism Awareness Month

Did you know that April is National Autism Awareness Month? This month, we’re joining in to support Autism awareness. As the first healthcare provider in Northeast Florida to become a Certified Autism Center, we strive to participate as an advocate for all those who identify as part of the autism spectrum. Read more

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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Jacksonville Hearing Loss Disability

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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Stuttering Helpful tips for your child Jacksonville

Stuttering: 6 Helpful Tips for Your Child


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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#GivingTuesday JSHC Thank You

Support JSHC on #GivingTuesday December 3

Changing The World One Child At A Time!

#GivingTuesday #GivingtheGiftofCommunication

This year on Tuesday, December 3, 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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Communication Don'ts

Communication Don’ts

Communication don’ts

From the time your children are born, the best way to help them learn effective speaking skills is to talk with them all the time. Even when your children are babies, you can still interact with them through the use of smiles, noises, hand claps, and music.

Communicating with your children should be easy, but there are still some important things that you should keep in mind.

Here are some don’ts when interacting with your children.

Talking/Answering For Them

When you talk to your children, always remember to give them the opportunity to respond. Although your children won’t be responding with fluent sentences, they will be learning that people take turns talking. From a young age, children should be encouraged to respond to you even if it’s just with gurgles, smiles, and hand clapping when they’re babies.

Anticipating Their Needs

Along with talking/answering for your children, you can significantly discourage your kids’ need to speak by anticipating their needs. While you may have good intentions, a better approach to anticipating your children’s needs is to ask them to request the things that they would like. The ultimate goal is to encourage your children to feel comfortable voicing their needs by initiating conversation.

Not Responding

Just like it’s important for your children to learn taking turns in conversation by responding to your questions, it’s also important for you to respond to the gestures and speaking attempts of non-verbal children. When you do this effectively, you’ll create a safe environment for your children to talk more.


If your children have difficulty speaking, by all means, don’t ridicule their mistakes. Doing so will only make them self-conscious and less likely to communicate. Be compassionate, and with the help of gestures, you’ll gradually be able to understand what they are saying.

Being Impatient

Whenever your children begin to speak, you should give them as much time as they need to complete their thoughts. Before responding in a hurry, make sure that your children have enough time to process information, think, and respond. In addition to talking, you can also communicate with your children in other ways like using pictures, demonstrations, and other learned strategies.

Always remember the process of talking can be frustrating for the child, too.

Correcting Grammar

As your children begin to speak more, be particularly careful about correcting their grammar. Keep in mind that sentence structure isn’t important until your children have reached three word sentences.

Communication Don'ts with Your Kids

Saying Too Much Too Quickly

Make sure that when you talk with your children, you aren’t saying too much too quickly. Speak slowly, keep directions/comments simple, and allow for processing time.

Dominating The Conversation

Whenever you communicate with your children, it’s a good idea to encourage them to sometimes lead the conversation. Try to be less directive and commanding.

Using Baby Talk

As your children grow, you may find yourself using less baby talk. For optimal communication, consider using language models appropriate to your children’s needs and age groups. Most importantly, make sure that you understand the differences between a simplified model and baby talk.

Requiring Polite Formalities

During the early developmental stages, communication is more important than polite formalities. At this point in learning how to talk, focus on ensuring that your children can speak in complete sentences before requiring them to add “yes ma’am,” “no ma’am” and “yes sir,” “no sir” in their interactions.

Asking Yes/No Questions

Since yes and no questions tend to end a conversation, these types of questions should be avoided. Why not ask open-ended questions instead like “What would you like to drink?” rather than “Would you like to drink some juice?”

Rote/Academic Language Learning

Many parents are unaware that academic learning and rote learning skills like the alphabet, numbers, and colors aren’t important for preschool children to communicate needs. Letters and numerals are symbols without purpose until attributed to spoken language or quantity. Children should have encounters that connect these symbols, letter names and sounds to each other before attempting memorization.

Schedule A Consultation Today!

Does your child have problems with speech or hearing? If so, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is here to help! We proudly offer treatments, evaluations, and screenings for a variety of areas. Call us today at 904-355-3403‎ to schedule a consultation!