People connect through communication. When the ability to speak and hear don’t exist or are lost, the isolation and long-term effects can be profound. This is especially true in children, as hearing, speaking, and understanding the spoken language are essential components to their growth and development.
What happens when hearing and speech problems go untreated?
In children, hearing and speech-language disorders cause problems at school by impacting the child’s ability to learn. Poor self-esteem and behavior problems can lead to a lifetime of isolation. As adults, untreated communication disorders make it difficult to hold a job and be a contributing member of the community.
What happens when a three-year-old with delayed or disordered speech and language goes to school? They’re more likely to have poor self- esteem, frustration, behavior problems, and poor reading skills by third grade.
The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center (JSHC) is a non-profit agency and one of very few agencies that provides care to underprivileged children and families in our community. Since 1949, the JSHC has provided the highest quality professional care to anyone with hearing, speech and/or language disorders.
If you, or someone you love is living with a speech-language or hearing issue, please contact us TODAY to schedule an appointment, regardless of your ability to pay.