Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Center for Hearing & Speech Sets Record School Screening Year

Screeners take a break at the Center's holiday party
held in mid-December this year. 
The Center for Hearing & Speech screened 14,156 school children for vision and hearing deficits in 2014, said Sarah Igoe, School Screening Coordinator. This number surpasses the 2008 record of 11,985 screenings by 2,171. 

The main reason for the increase: “We are screening more students in more and bigger schools,” Igoe said. “Congratulations to the screeners for all their hard work.”

 “This year’s services reached 18% more than in our previous record breaking year. This is tremendous and I am proud the Center has touched so many young lives in one year,” said the Center’s Executive Director Rita Tintera.

The Center screens students ages three years and older. On a rotating basis, eight screeners travel to schools in St. Louis City and St. Louis, St. Charles, Lincoln and Jefferson counties. The majority of schools don’t pay for these services, Igoe said.

Children found to have hearing deficits are referred back to the Center for treatment. Igoe follows up with parents and/or guardians to ensure they know appropriate, targeted treatments for their children are available at a free or reduced cost.

Parents and/or guardians whose children fail the vision screen are provided with a list of seven area eye care clinics, all of which provide services to Medicaid patients and some that provide services free of charge.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that in 2013 provided $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis.

It is a proud member of the United Way and in October was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH award.

The award is given to businesses and charities that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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