Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Come Sing Holiday Carols with the Center!

Help spread some cheer and support area children on Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 pm. Join the Center's volunteers and staff for an afternoon of glee and caroling at #1 The Boulevard in Richmond Heights to help support the St. Louis Christmas Carols AssociationGarage and street parking are available off of Galleria Parkway.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Remember Center for Hearing & Speech on Giving Tuesday

It's #GivingTuesday! After a holiday weekend full of friends and family, take a few minutes today to give to a cause you believe in.

Please support the Center, our life-changing programs and most of all: the people we serve.

Thank you and please know your gift has a profound impact!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Scientists Study Communication Disorders Via TalkBank Research Project

Talkbank is a massive open-source research project bringing together scientists from different backgrounds to study and share info on communication development and disorders.
TalkBank will foster fundamental research in the study of human and animal communication to advance the development of standards and tools.

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A Big Thank You to All of Center's Volunteers, Donors & Supporters!

This week we recognize #NationalPhilanthropyDay, a celebration of donors and the causes they champion. Thank you so much to all of our supporters. You are truly changing lives!

Know Your Rights as a Donor and Supporter

Leading philanthropic groups created the #DonorBillofRights to ensure trust and confidence of donors and charities.

Louder Isn't Better When Speaking to Someone With Hearing Loss

According to Living With Hearing Loss, a blog for people living with hearing loss, loudness is definitely an important component — whispers are killer — but once the loudness reaches a certain level, increasing the volume further doesn’t help and can sometimes make it worse. It is really the clarity of the sound that becomes important. And the context clues. Shouting is always counterproductive because it makes it much harder to read someone’s lips if they are distorted from yelling!

So what can help someone with hearing loss hear and understand better? Assuming the speaker is facing the listener, not covering his mouth while he talks and has done his best to reduce background noise, there are a few other things besides shouting that he can try.

Speech-Language Disorders Are Often Mistaken for Bad Behavior

According to The Guardian, it's important to give teachers the training and resources to spot signs of a speech-language disorder, get a formal evaluation and prevent a student from being branded as a "bad kid."

Developmental language disorders are surprisingly common; our recent population study revealed that 7.5% of children starting in a mainstream reception classroom in Surrey had clinically significant language deficits that impacted on their ability to learn in the classroom. That is two children in every class of 30!

This means that language disorder is far more common than other childhood conditions that are more familiar to the general public, such as autism and dyslexia. Developmental language disorder is probably the most common childhood condition you have never heard of.

One reason is that language disorders are often misinterpreted as bad behaviour. Language is a great tool for regulating our emotions and behaviour and is also necessary for understanding what others are saying to us, following instructions, negotiating with others, and explaining how we feel.