Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CHS reaches out to Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and Academy

As of Friday, October 3, the Center for Hearing & Speech is providing speech therapy services to children in kindergarten through eighth grade at Most Holy Trinity (MHT) Catholic School and Academy.

MHT is located in North St. Louis City on Mallinckrodt Street.  It is a “Catholic elementary, Christ-centered urban school helping prepare its students to proclaim the Good News and to translate Gospel values into action,” according to its website.

MHT teachers and parents concerned about a student’s speech and/or language delays and disorders can refer them for evaluation to Kimberly Hufstedler, M.S., CCC-SLP.  If therapy is recommended, an individual treatment plan will be developed, said Gina Cato, M.A., CCC-SLP, Chief Speech-Language Pathologist at the Center for Hearing & Speech.

“The Center for Hearing & Speech strives to address a greater portion of unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region,” said Cato.  “By providing skilled speech-language services at the child’s school, the Center helps children improve their communication skills in their own learning environment.”

Costs and lack of access to transportation prohibits some families from obtaining speech-language services for their children.  The center removes these barriers by going to the school, Cato said.

MHT is the 12th off-site partner at which the Center provides speech-language services. Others include  Agape Academy; Grace Hill Head Start; Grace Hill Child Development Center (two locations); City Academy; Hilltop Child Development Center; Lemay Child and Family Center; St. Cecelia School and Academy; Stella Maris Child Center; Tower Grove Christian Preschool; and Blossom Wood Day School. 

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that last year provided $1.7 million in audiology, speech and school screening services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.

It is a proud member of the United Way.

The Center can be reached at 314-968-4710, or on the web at www.hearing-speechstlouis.org.


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