Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Center for Hearing & Speech Gives Kids an Extra Reason to Smile in October

Dr. Rebecca Frazier, front row, gathers with area audiologists,
audiology students and a client at the October Give Kids A Smile
biannual dental health fair at St. Louis University.

Give Kids A Smile (GKAS), a non-profit organization that organizes biannual dental health fairs for area children who live at or below the *federal poverty level, sponsored a clinic at St. Louis University (SLU) in late October.

The Center for Hearing & Speech pitched in to give the kids and their families an extra reason to smile. 

In addition to full-service dental care, children were able to receive audiology services to detect hearing disorders.

Dr. Rebecca Frazier, Au.D., CCC-A, chief audiologist at the Center for Hearing & Speech, along with a team of area audiologists screened 186 children during the two-day event, said Joan Allen, GKAS Executive Director. 
  
Dr. Frazier has been providing audiology services at GKAS clinics since 2008.

“I choose to go to the GKAS clinics because it is always so wonderful to help young people,” Dr. Frazier said.  "I have a soft spot for the kids who don’t have access to our services on a regular basis.  It just feels good to help,” she said.

Dr. Frazier serves as volunteer director of the audiology clinic. Her job is to round up area audiologists and audiology students, plus their equipment, to help out at the two-day event.“We have some of the most amazing audiologists in town who give of their time and talent to serve these wonderful young people,” she said.

The total value of audiology services Dr. Frazier and her team donated to GKAS was $71,000, Allen said. “We are sincerely thankful for their skills and generosity.”

The next GKAS clinic takes place Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 2015 at SLU. The appointment lines open on December 1. Please call GKAS at 636-397-6453 for more information.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that last year provided $1.75 million in audiology, school screening and speech/language therapy services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding areas.
    
It is a proud member of the United Way.

For more information about the Center, please call 314-968-4710 or check it out on the web at www.hearing-speechstlouis.org.


*The 2013 federal poverty level for a family of four is $23,550, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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