Medical Mission at Home

Medical Mission at Home

Medical Mission At Home

We are proud to partner with St. Vincent’s HealthCare for the Medical Mission at Home event taking place Saturday, April 14 at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center.

April 14, 2018

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
1000 Water St.
Jacksonville FL 32204

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Birdies for Charity

Birdies for Charity 2018

The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is partnering with The Players Championship to raise funds through the BIRDIES FOR CHARITY program.

What is BIRDIES FOR CHARITY??? When you donate to the JACKSONVILLE SPEECH & HEARING CENTER through the BIRDIES FOR CHARITY program (minimum value of $20 per donation), you are entering a contest to win a $10,000 cash grand prize. Read more

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.

Autism and Communication

  • Not speaking or very limited speech.
  • Loss of words the child was previously able to say.
  • Difficulty expressing basic wants and needs.
  • Poor vocabulary development
  • Problems following directions or finding objects that are named
  • Repeating what is said (echolalia)
  • Problems answering questions
  • Speech that sounds different (e.g., “robotic” speech)

Smiling boy plays in developing game pointing at colorful cards of days and activities on calendar with his parent sitting opposite at the tableAutism and Social Skills

  • Poor eye contact with people or objects
  • Poor play skills (pretend or social play)
  • Being overly focused on a topic or objects that interest them
  • Problems making friends
  • Crying, becoming angry, giggling, or laughing at inappropriate times
  • Disliking being touched or held

Interacting with the World Around Them

  • Rocking, hand flapping or other movements (self-stimulating movements)
  • Not paying attention to things the child sees or hears
  • Problems dealing with changes in routine
  • Using objects in unusual ways and unusual attachments to objects
  • No fear of real dangers
  • Being either very sensitive or not sensitive enough to touch, light, or sounds
  • Feeding difficulties (accepting only select foods, refusing certain textures) 1
  • Sleep problems

How is Autism Diagnosed?

It is important to have your child evaluated by professionals who know about autism. Autism is typically diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist or a child psychologist. In some clinics a team approach is preferred.

The team might include pediatricians, neurologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and developmental specialists, among others. SLPs play a key role because problems with social skills and communication are often the first symptoms of autism. SLPs should be consulted early in the evaluation process.

There are a number of tests and observational checklists available to evaluate children with developmental problems. The most important information, however, comes from parents and caregivers who know the child best and can inform the health professional.

If there are concerns speak with the pediatrician about receiving a referral to the appropriate professionals.

What treatments are available for people with autism?

There is no known cure for autism. In some cases, medications and dietary restrictions may help control symptoms. Intervention should begin when the child is young.

Early intervention and preschool programs are very important. An evaluation by an SLP should be completed to determine social skill and communication needs. An appropriate treatment plan that meets the needs of the child and family can then be established.

Treatment may include any combination of traditional speech and language approaches, augmentative and alternative communication, and behavioral interventions.

Hearing Loss: The Hidden Stigma

Hearing Loss: The Hidden Stigma

Hearing Aids and StigmaHearing Loss: The Hidden Stigma

Throughout the years, hearing loss has been unfairly associated with advanced age and weakness. Due to this well-known fact, many people who have suffered from a hearing impairment have often experienced rejection, isolation, and criticism.

At Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, our goal is simple – to assist those suffering from hearing loss and to overcome these stigmas. We work to find solutions that work for each individual person and each financial situation.

The highly trained staff at JSHC supports individuals with hearing loss in numerous ways. Every day we have the pleasure of speaking with new patients, finding unique solutions for their challenges. Read more

9 Great Reasons to Volunteer

9 Great Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

VOLUNTEERING

A Cause Greater than Oneself… It Starts with You!

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

-Mary Anne Radmacher

Volunteering for most people means setting aside some time to perform tasks for others free of charge. In this age where time equates to money, it is easy for people to ignore volunteering opportunities. It is a waste of time and money for them. However, volunteering has more benefits that most people care to admit. There are also numerous things you can do as a volunteer from working at a local daycare to traveling abroad to help the less fortunate. 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.

Jaguars Give & Go

2017 Jaguars Give & Go Program

Jaguars Give and Go 100 Program

Help support the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center and receive special ticket pricing for all 2017 Jaguars home games. Up to $30 of your ticket purchase will help fund the efforts of our organization.

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The Jaguars Give and Go 100 Program is a fundraising opportunity for local 501(c)3 charitable, educational, scientific, literary, and cruelty-preventing organizations in northeast Florida to get into excitement of attending a Jaguars home game and raise funds at the same time! The Jacksonville Jaguars are making up to 12,500 single game tickets available to charitable organizations to sell to the public at the nonprofit rate which is the best price the public can purchase single game tickets. Nonprofits can earn up to $30 per ticket sold for their organization.  Read more