autism awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month

Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center would like you to join us in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month. There are many excellent opportunities to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to those facing an autism diagnosis each year.

Autism Awareness

What is Autism?

“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes.” – Autism Society. You can learn more about Autism at the Autism Society website.

Why use a Certified Autism Hearing Center?

A Certified Autism Center provides a patient-friendly environment that includes the environment and tools necessary for those with Autism.

  • 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

Did you know we recently earned our Certification of Autism Care from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)? Read more about it!

Want to make a difference and support our programs? Join us at JSHC FinFest 2016: Rolling on the River!

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

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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.

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JSHC FinFest 2016: Rolling on the River

Did you know we are the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for speech-language pathology and audiology services, as well as being certified to assist in providing speech pathology and audiology services for those who have autism? Through the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations, partnering organizations and YOU, we are able to provide the highest quality compassionate care and ensure no one is turned away.

In 2015, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center helped 4359 both adults and children with speech and hearing disorders in Northeast Florida through professional speech and audiology therapies. We served the counties of Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay and Baker.

In the June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine published by Jacksonville Magazine, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is spotlighted in an article titled “Can You Hear Me Now?”

In order to continue providing speech and audiology services to the members of the Jacksonville community, we invite you to join us for FinFest 2016: Rolling on the River!

jacksonville events finfestFinFest 2016: Rolling on the River

 

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Venue: Timuquana Country Club, 4028 Timuquana Road, Jacksonville FL 32210
Time: 7-11pm
MC: Katie Jeffries
Entertainment: Top Secret Band
Attire: Island Attire
Silent & Live Auction: For auction donations contact Nicola Barnack 904-717-6933 or Nbarnack@shcjax.org
Cuisine: Island Cuisine provided by Timuquana Country Club

 

Interested in being a sponsor, donating to the auction or volunteering? Please contact us!  For Sponsorship and Ticket Info, contact Nicola Barnack 904-717-6933 or nbarnack@shcjax.org.

SAVE THE DATE on Facebook!

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FUNraising Happy Hour

The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is a nonprofit organization that has been serving the Jacksonville region for over 60 years. As the only non-profit agency in Northeast Florida accredited for both speech-language pathology and audiology services, we provide high quality care through the generosity of our community to ensure no one is turned away. Through fundraising events, we are able to create lasting change in our community. If you want to support a worthy cause AND have some fun, join us at our upcoming FUNraising happy hour.

FUNraising Happy Hour

Date: Friday, February 19th
Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Join: Our Facebook event and invite your friends!

Your $10 donation will get you a free drink ticket! Complimentary on-site hearing screenings will be available! There will also be raffle prizes and networking opportunities. All contributions made to JSHC are tax-deductible. If you have any questions regarding donations, please call our office at (904) 355-3403.

Can you make it? You can pre-register by making a $10 donation.

Can’t make it? Please make a regrets donation in any amount.

Learn more about what the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center accomplished with your help in our 2014-2015 Fiscal Year Summary. It was a fantastic year serving our community!

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.

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.

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Jacksonville Hearing Screenings – Free Community Events

Throughout the year the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center works with a variety of organizations and schools to provide community education as well as on-site mobile hearing and speech screenings. Our mobile van is fully equipped with an audiological booth for hearing testing on-site even in the noisiest of environments. With the help of our individual and corporate supporters, we reach and assist many more children, adults, and seniors who are having speech and/or hearing difficulties.

Join us at one of our upcoming free events across North Florida for an informative lecture followed by free hearing screenings.


 

 

Date
Saturday March 5th, 2016

Location
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Downtown Campus

Time
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

Giving Tuesday

Support JSHC on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday

This year on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

Last year more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #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 were thrilled to join the movement and THANK YOU for helping to get out the give by supporting Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. We raised over $10,000 on #GivingTuesday and reached our campaign goal!

We need your continued support

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!




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JSHC Earns Designation as Certified Autism Center

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center (JSHC) has earned its certification of autism care from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This designation means that at least 80% of the JSHC staff has undergone a rigorous training process that will assist in providing speech pathology and audiology services for those who have autism. It is believed that the nonprofit is the first healthcare provider in North Florida to undergo this training for its staff.

“I’m extremely proud that our staff has stepped up to achieve this recognition,” said Mike Howland, President and CEO of Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center.  “Communication is a critical challenge for many people with autism and that is where we can help.”

“I strongly believe that creating professional partnerships that help care for those with autism and other sensory processing disorders improves the quality of care,” said Michelle Killian, Director of IBCCES.  “Disparities in patient-provider communication lower patient self-efficacy and usage of preventive services. This training can help eliminate that.” IBCCES was formed in 2001 and is the leading credentialing organization for professionals in the field of autism.Certified Autism Center

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

autism therapy jacksonvilleAutism is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a wide range of symptoms and impairment levels.  According to a 2010 study conducted by the Center for Disease Control, one in 68 children in the US have the disorder.  It is five times more common among boys than girls.

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center was founded in 1949 by the Junior League of Jacksonville. Today this nonprofit, located at 1128 N. Laura St., serves children, adults and seniors providing screenings, evaluations and treatments in the areas of speech pathology and audiology.  Most major insurances are accepted. For more information contact us online or call 904-355-3403 to make an appointment. Make sure to Like Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center on Facebook!