speech hearing issues children

Speech & Hearing Issues in Children: FAQs

Language is the basis of communication. Speech and language skills are essential to many areas in a child’s life, from relationships to academic success. The ability to communicate, both with peers and adults, is essential for a child’s success.

Speech & Hearing Issues in Children: FAQs

Q: Do Speech & Language issues affect learning?

Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. Learning takes place through the process of communication. According to the American Speech, Hearing, & Language Association, there are four major ways in which speech & hearing issues affect children:

  1. It causes delay in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills (speech and language).
  2. The language deficit causes learning problems that result in reduced academic achievement.
  3. Communication difficulties often lead to social isolation and poor self-concept.
  4. It may have an impact on vocational choices.

Q: Do Speech & Language issues affect performance at school?

Children with speech & hearing issues, or communication disorders, frequently do not perform at their grade level. The most common struggles are displayed in reading, understanding and expressing language, understanding social cues, school attendance, using good judgment, and test taking.

Difficulty in learning to listen, speak, read, or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production, comprehension, and awareness of language sounds, syllables, words, sentences, and conversation. Individuals with reading and writing problems also may have trouble using language to communicate, think, and learn.

Q: How do parents and school personnel work together work together to ensure a child gets the necessary speech-language support?

Any student who shows signs of speech & hearing issues or delay should be referred by parents or school personnel to their school-based child study team.

Screening, assessment, and treatment of communication problems may involve cooperative efforts with: parents, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), audiologists, psychologists, social workers, classroom teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, dentists, and nurses.

SLPs work with diagnostic and educational evaluation teams to provide comprehensive language and speech assessments for students.

Services to students with speech-language disorders may be provided in individual or small group sessions, in classrooms when teaming with teachers, or in a consultative model with teachers and parents. SLPs integrate students’ speech-language goals with academic outcomes and functional performance.

Q: How can I detect if my child could have hearing loss?

  • Do they seem to hear fine some of the time and then not respond at other times?
  • Do they want the TV volume louder than other members of the family?
  • Do they say “What?” or “I didn’t hear you” more often than normal? Don’t always assume they are not paying attention as it may be an indication of an unidentified hearing loss.
  • Do they move one ear forward when listening, or complain they can only hear out of a certain ear?
  • Has their grades fallen or has their teacher noted they do not seem to hear or respond as well in the classroom as other children?
  • Does it often seem as though your child is just not paying attention?
  • Has your child started to speak more loudly than previously?
  • Does your child look at you intensely when you speak to them, as if concentrating? They may be depending more on visual cues for interpreting speech.
  • Do you just have a feeling, but you can’t put your finger on what your concern is? Don’t let that stop you. Ask your doctor for a referral to ease your mind.

Q: What should I do after a hearing problem is noted?

After recognizing that a problem exists, a hearing evaluation is the next step. This evaluation should be performed by a licensed, certified clinical audiologist who specializes in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss, such as those at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. After the type and severity of hearing loss is identified, the audiologist will determine if the loss requires referral to a physician or can be managed with hearing aids.

Q: What kinds of speech and language disorders affect school age children?

Speech sound disorders – difficulty pronouncing sounds
Language disorders – difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with words
Cognitive-communication disorders – difficulty with thinking skills including perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination
Stuttering fluency disorders – interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, prolongations of sounds or words
Voice disorders – quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume (too loud or soft)

Q: What can I do to prevent hearing loss in my child?

Learn about the causes of hearing loss in children, such as exposure to loud noise, trauma to the head or ear, and diseases that affect hearing in order to eliminate or minimize risk. Make sure to have their hearing regularly tested by an audiologist.

Hearing loss can affect people of all ages and in many different ways. Early detection and appropriate intervention are essential to avoid or minimize long-term disability and to enhance communication.

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

make a difference

Make A Difference!

Everybody wants to make a difference. At Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, we understand that everyone’s gift or what they are able to give is different. Some have more time, others have more money, some even have both! If you want to give the children in our community the ability to communicate free from stigma, find the options to give that work best for you.

Volunteer

Volunteering reflects the power of the human spirit and proves that by working together, we can build a better world. If you have extra time and are more of a hands on kind of person, our volunteer program is for you. Our volunteers come from all walks of life within the First Coast community. From public relations to administration, we have a need your time and experience can fill.

Learn more about our Volunteer program.

Donate

As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services, we provide the highest quality, compassionate care through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and partnering organizations ensuring that no one is turned away. When you donate to JSHC, you help us provide these services to our community.

Learn more about how to Donate.

Events

Did you know we are very active in the Jacksonville community? You can join us at a variety of events such as Health Fairs, Hearing Screenings, Fundraisers, and even Jaguars Games!

Learn more about when and where our next events are taking place.

Planned Giving

Planned giving is a contribution arranged in the present and allocated at a future date, commonly donated through a will or trust.

Placing the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center in your will can insure increased access to services for our clients. Gift planning uses tax laws to enable you to pursue your philanthropic goals while minimizing your cost of giving and maximizing the benefits to yourself and your family.

Learn more about Planned Giving to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.

No matter how you give, the important thing is that you do! We appreciate all contributions, and know how even the smallest ones can make a difference. Keep in mind that not only will you feel good, your gift will make a positive difference in someone’s life.

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎.

#givingtuesday jacksonville

Support Jacksonville Children Better Speech & Hearing #GivingTuesday

This year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving.

Last year more than 700,000 people in over 70 countries participated in #GivingTuesday. Since it’s founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

We are thrilled to join the movement again this year and THANK YOU for supporting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. When you make a contribution to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, you are investing in lasting changes in our community. Reach into your heart and give a gift to help preschoolers be ready for kindergarten.

#GivingTuesday

 

Help us help Northeast Florida’s children be ready for kindergarten able to communicate and free from stigma. When you give to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, you are investing in an effort to create lasting change in our community. Please consider a gift to help preschoolers be ready for kindergarten.

$2200

Your gift will fully support a child with communication disorder through his or her speech-language therapy program, an average of 22 intensive hour-long sessions.





$525

Your gift will provide 15 children with hearing and speech language screenings.





$200

Your gift will provide one child with a Diagnostic Speech-Language Evaluation.





$100

Your gift will provide a child with one hour of intensive speech-language therapy.





$35

Your gift will provide one child with a hearing and speech language screening.





You choose how much

No gift is too small, we appreciate your donation of any amount!




Jacksonville Florida Speech and Hearing

Finding a Solution to Hearing Loss Inspires Jacksonville Woman to Help Others

For a portion of her life, Susan Bence wore only one hearing aid, but after the birth of her third child, her hearing loss increased significantly. Needing to be able to hear to find work, Susan sought help. The assistance of two organizations paired with her enduring tenacity made all the difference.

After calling several places, Susan discovered the Florida Department of Education. She was directed to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). They understood she would need a second hearing aid to be able to work and offered to help.

“Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center was willing to accept the Vocational Rehabilitation insurance payment,” said Susan “And even better, I was treated by audiologist Fenja Mattson She’s wonderful.” Mattson, a long-time audiologist at Speech & Hearing Center, also suffers from hearing loss and wears hearing aids.

“She goes above and beyond,” explained Susan. “She was so encouraging and she kept saying that we were going to be able to make it happen so I could hear and get a job. Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is a really a comforting place to go.”

Armed with new hearing aids, Susan now works for One Call Care Management. “This experience has made me want to be closer to the deaf community and help others who need assistance,” she adds.

Finding a Solution to Hearing Loss

About Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation program is committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. Our employer-focused website, FLJobConnections.com, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 111 offices across Florida, and last year helped 6,071 Floridians with significant disabilities find or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit link: rehabworks.org.

About Hearing Aids at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Services offered at The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center include:

  • Hearing Aid Evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Sales & Service
  • Hearing Aid Orientations
  • Hearing Aid Checks
  • Hearing Aid Repairs
  • In/Out of Warranty Service & Repairs
  • A variety of hearing aid manufacturers, with attention to the latest research and performance studies for the style of hearing aid best suited for each individual’s hearing loss.
  • Detailed information about all amplification options is provided to improve quality of life through better hearing
  • Hearing aid fittings include periodic adjustments and programming, verification testing, and hands-on support to ensure maximum benefit from amplification.
  • All hearing aids have a 30-day trial period.
  • All hearing aids come with full warranty coverage.
  • Repair services include minor in-office and send out manufacturer-based options.
  • We also offer custom fit noise protection, waterproof ear molds, IPOD ear molds, and can order a wide variety of other assistive listening devices.

Our audiologists will select the best style of hearing aid for the specific hearing loss you have, keeping in mind any cosmetic and lifestyle concerns you may have. What goes inside the hearing aid is also very important in the selection of the hearing aid. The audiologist can choose the most appropriate amplifier and circuitry for your particular hearing aid needs. Click to learn more on our website.

Screenings and Community Events:

EverBank Annual Health Fair
EverBank Center, 301 W. Bay Street (downtown)
9/14/16, Wednesday
10:00A-2:00P
Missy Lloyd MLloyd@shcjax.org or 904.717.6930

Florida Blue Senior Expo
13141 City Station Drive (Northside)
Friday, September 23, 2016
10:00A-12:00P
Missy Lloyd MLloyd@shcjax.org or 904.717.6930

Free Hearing Screenings provided at Two YMCA Locations:  
Winston Y | 221 Riverside Avenue| 10:00A – 12:00P
Johnson Y | 5700 Cleveland Road | 10:00A – 12:00P
Monday, September 26, 2016

US Assure Health Fair
8230 Nations Way (Southside)
10/13/16, Thursday
8:30A-2:00P
Missy Lloyd MLloyd@shcjax.org or 904.717.6930

Join Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center’s Team for Walk for Hearing
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Metropolitan Park
Be sure to select that you are fundraising on behalf of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing and 40% of the donations you raise will be donated back to JSHC.
Click here to view the team page for Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Join the “Friends of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center” for our annual Jacksonville Jaguars Tailgate on November 13th
Anyone who purchases tickets to join us for the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Jaguar game will be invited to attend our exclusive tailgate. Our Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center tailgate will be held from 11:30A until kickoff at 12:45P.  Attendees of the tailgate will receive a JSHC koozie.
Click Here to Learn More and to Buy Tickets

Join Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center at the 2016 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech
Saturday, November 19, 2016
The Bolles School
Click here to join the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Team

Save the Date for FinFest 2017
Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Timuquana Country Club
6:00P-10:00P
For more information call Nicola Barnack at 904-717-6933 or email her at nbarnack@shcjax.org

jacksonville youth

The Results of Your Support- Our Fiscal Year Summary

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center is pleased to announce our 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Summary. It was a fantastic year serving our community!

 2015-2016 Fiscal Year Summary

JSHC Fiscal Year Results

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎. If you would like to WATCH Trey’s interview, visit our YouTube channel.

jaguars tailgate party

VIP Jaguars Tailgate Party: Jaguars vs Texans November 13th Game

Do you love the Jacksonville Jaguars and helping your community? Join the “Friends of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center” for our annual Jacksonville Jaguars Tailgate party on November 13th! Simply purchase tickets for the Jaguars vs Texans game and receive an invitation to our exclusive VIP tailgate party. The best part is proceeds benefit the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center!

Jaguars Tailgate Party Jaguars Tailgate Party

Come out to support JSHC and join our friendly staff, volunteers and friends while enjoying music, food, and the excitement of watching the Jacksonville Jaguars play the Texans.

The tailgate will be held from 11:30am until kickoff at 12:45pm. Come hungry and ready for fun for the whole family. Enjoy music and make sure to try your luck for a hole-in-one at our Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center putting green!

Game tickets are $40 and include tailgate and a Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center koozie. Tickets can be purchased by calling 904-355-3403 or through our Buy Now online option.




For information on our speech and hearing services, contact us online or call 904-355-3403 to make an appointment.

FinFest: Rolling on the River Results & Recognition

Over $131,000 raised to benefit those in need of speech and hearing services

Once again, thanks to our sponsors, our volunteers, and you, FinFest: Rolling on the River  2016 was a great success!

As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services, we provide the highest quality compassionate care through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, and partnering organizations ensuring that no one is turned away.

A Word from our Chairs

FinFest

A great time was had by all at FinFest!

“As chairs of FinFest2016: Rolling on the River, benefiting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center and the thousands of people they serve, we want to thank our sponsors, donors and all who attended.

We raised a net amount of more than $131,000 to benefit children and adults, including veterans who are in need of speech-language pathology and audiology services.

Our list of sponsors is long, and we are grateful to all of them. But we especially thank the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Fund — which has given us a major financial and morale boost — and Haskell, our premier sponsor.

With generous support, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center maintains our 67-year commitment of service to those in Northeast Florida with limited capacity to afford competent, compassionate speech and audiology services.”

-Myron and Amanda Pincomb, Jacksonville

Click to View Event Photos

FinFest would not be possible without the support from our amazing Sponsors & Patrons.

FinFest Sponsors

FinFest Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who helped to make FinFest: Rolling on the River 2016 a success. Your support allows us to continue to provide speech and audiology services to the members of the Jacksonville community.

FinFest supporters

 

fund a child

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.




FinFest 2016: Rolling on the River Benefit Event

Thank you for your support of FinFest 2016: Rolling on the River! Over $131,000 was raised for those in need of speech and hearing services.
For the latest information on FinFest and updates from the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

www.facebook.com/jaxspeechhearingcenter

@JaxSpeechHear

FinFest 2016 Logo JPG

Myron and AmandaA Message from the Co-Chairs…..

“As chairs of FinFest2016: Rolling on the River, benefiting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center and the thousands of people they serve, we want to thank our sponsors, donors and all who attended.

We raised a net amount of more than $131,000 to benefit children and adults, including veterans who are in need of speech-language pathology and audiology services.

Our list of sponsors is long, and we are grateful to all of them. But we especially thank the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Fund — which has given us a major financial and morale boost — and Haskell, our premier sponsor.

With generous support, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center maintains our 67-year commitment of service to those in Northeast Florida with limited capacity to afford competent, compassionate speech and audiology services.”

-Myron and Amanda Pincomb, Jacksonville

Be a sponsor of the 2017 FinFest

Finfest Sponsors