Friday, April 24, 2015

Center Receives $30,000 Gift to Support Speech-Language Programs

A generous anonymous donor has pledged $30,000 to support the Center’s Speech-Language Program this year, with a pledge of an additional $30,000 gift in 2016.

“What incredible gifts that will allow our Center speech-language pathologists to help children with speech/language delays or disorders in 2015 and 2016,” said Rita Tintera, Center executive director. “Gifts like these ensure the Center moves forward with much needed services for children who are at great risk of having communication problems at such a young age. These gifts allow us to correct early on what could be a lifetime of problems for these individuals if they were not addressed.”

The funding will be used to enhance the Center’s Speech-Language Program, which includes screenings, diagnostic evaluations and therapy programs. Screenings determine whether a perceived speech-language problem exists and requires further evaluation. Evaluations are in-depth examinations to identify the type and severity of a child’s speech-language problem, set goals for improvement and provide information to help design an individualized program of therapy for the child.

All evaluators use standardized tests to provide accurate diagnostic information. Evaluations last one to two hours. The therapist provides a written report and verbal consultations if warranted. 

Therapy works to achieve goals set for individual improvement and age-appropriate skills. The number and frequency of therapy sessions varies greatly depending on the individual. During therapy, parents may observe their child to learn techniques to use at home or just to follow progress.

The Center’s Speech-Language Program includes services performed on-site at the clinic and off-site at several local daycare centers, schools and health centers including: Agape Academy; Grace Hill Head Start; Grace Hill Child Development Center (two locations); City Academy; Hilltop Child Development Center; Lemay Child & Family Center; St. Cecilia School and Academy; Stella Maris Child Center; Tower Grove Christian Preschool; Most Holy Trinity Catholic School and Blossom Wood Day School. 

The Center’s speech-language program is administered by speech-language pathologists who are master-degreed, state-licensed and nationally accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They provide compassionate and quality care for stuttering; speech-language development; intelligibility of speech/articulation; auditory processing disorder; voice disorders; tongue thrust; accent modification and language disorders..

If you think your child or someone you know has a speech-language disorder, call the Center for an evaluation at (314) 968-4710. Services are provided through insurance and Medicaid programs. Financial assistance is available based on documented need.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3  non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech-language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award. The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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