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
Changing The World One Child At A Time!
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.Read more
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.
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 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
Why are Hearing Tests for Kids Needed
Back-to-school preparation is hectic, with shopping for kid-approved clothing and supplies. Along with the hunt for the perfect t-shirt and shoes, don’t forget hearing tests for kids.
Your child is young and healthy. Why would she need a hearing test? The Center for Disease Control says about 15 percent of all kids between 6 and 19 have hearing loss. And even a mild amount of loss in one ear can have a major impact on your child’s ability to learn and socialize effectively. Read more
Communication Disorders in Children
Imagine having a son who has trouble communicating. He is struggling in school because he has trouble pronouncing D’s and N’s. At the playground, other kids alienate him because they don’t understand what he is saying and rather than trying to understand, they walk away.
Now imagine the frustration of trying to raise the child at home. He tries to tell you how he is feeling, but you don’t understand. He becomes upset and runs into his room. As a parent, you feel as though you are powerless to help and have no where to turn.
This is more than a hypothetical situation, this is a true story of the father of one of our patients. Unfortunately, many children who have communication issues go untreated due to financial limitations. Read more
Over $155,000 raised to benefit those in need of speech and hearing services!
Once again, thanks to our sponsors, our volunteers, and you, FinFest 2017: Take Me to the River was a great success! We raised more money than ever before.
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. Read more
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 are on the autism spectrum? 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. Read more
There are many benefits of speech therapy for Autism. According to the National Institute of Health, Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a group of developmental disorders. ASD includes a wide range, “a spectrum,” of symptoms, skills, and levels of disability.
People with ASD often have these characteristics:
- Ongoing social problems that include difficulty communicating and interacting with others
- Repetitive behaviors as well as limited interests or activities
- Symptoms that typically are recognized in the first two years of life
- Symptoms that hurt the individual’s ability to function socially, at school or work, or other areas of life
Autism can affect speech, language development, and social communication in different ways for each individual..
Speech Issues with Autism
A person with autism may:
- Grunt, cry out, yell, shriek, or make other harsh sounds
- Not develop the ability to talk
- Hum or talk in a musical way
- Use correct phrases and sentences, but with an inexpressive tone of voice
- Make sounds that sound like words or robotic-like speech
- Repeat what another person says (Echolalia)
- Babble with word-like soundstage without coherence
Since autism is on a spectrum, some have trouble producing speech sounds to effectively communicate with others. The the person may have developed language skills, but it may simply be too hard to understand.
Communication Issues with Autism
A person with autism may have one or more of these communication challenges:
- Memorization of things heard without comprehension of what has been said
- Not understanding meaning of words outside the context learned
- Trouble with conversational skills such as eye contact and gestures
- Using echolalia as the main way to communicate
- Lack of creative language
Benefits of Speech Therapy for Autism
Because of these communication issues, those with autism must do more than simply learn how to speak. They must also learn how to use language to communicate, including how to hold a conversation and tuning into both verbal and nonverbal communication cues from other people.
Speech therapy techniques might include:
- Electronic “talkers”
- Signing or typing
- Using picture boards with words, known as picture exchange communication systems that start out using pictures instead of words to help a child learn to communicate
- Using sounds to which a person is over- or under-sensitive to expand and compress speech sounds
- Improving articulation of speech by massaging or exercising lips or facial muscles
- Having individuals sing songs composed to match the rhythm, stress, and flow of sentences
- Some of these techniques are supported more by research than others. Be sure to discuss them thoroughly with the speech-language pathologist and your child’s pediatrician.
For more information on our Autism speech and hearing services, contact us online or call 904-355-3403 to make an appointment.
Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center1010 N Davis St Ste 101 Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Phone: (904) 355-3403
Fax: (904) 355-4149