We all feel like our kids aren’t listening to us…but what if they really can’t hear us? Scary thought, isn’t it? If you’ve ever wondered about your child’s ability to hear, but didn’t want to schedule a test with the pediatrician, I’ve got a free event you’ll definitely want to check out. The Center for Hearing and Speech is offering FREE hearing, speech and vision screenings for kids on Saturday May 7, from 8am to 1pm.
It’s all part of National Better Hearing and Speech Month. Free hearing and speech screenings are part of Free Clinic Day at the Center, located at 9835 Manchester Road in Rock Hill. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 314-737-5091. Free vision, hearing and speech screenings will be available for children ages 3 and older, and adults can receive free hearing screenings. (You probably want to have your husband tested, am I right?)
The Center’s certified Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) will offer speech and language screenings for children ages 3 years and older. Screenings determine whether a perceived speech and/or language problem exists and requires further evaluation. Screenings last between 15 minutes to 30 minutes per child.
During Free Clinic Day, parents have an opportunity to talk with speech-language pathologists and doctors of audiology from the Center. They’ll be offering speech and language screening for kids over 3. A screening can tell if your child has a problem and needs further help. They just take 15 to 30 minutes–well worth the time! Children can enjoy refreshments and craft activities and adults will be given information packets.
If you are worried about having a child with a hearing aid, you should stop in for the Q&A session. From 8am to 9am Dr. K.B. Frazier, Au.D., CCC-A, chief clinical audiologist for the Center for Hearing & Speech, will lead a session on how to have a more engaged and active life with hearing aids. Then from 12 noon to 1 pm, Gina Cato, M.A., CCC-SLP, chief speech/language pathologist at the Center will talk about childhood speech and language development as well as strategies for intervention. Reservations are required for both sessions.
“Eight to nine percent of young children have speech sound disorders,” says Cato. “Early detection of communication disorders leads to early treatment critical for a child’s academic, social and emotional development.”
Did you know that hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the U.S.? And around 260,000 people in the St. Louis area have some type of hearing deficit. During National Better Hearing and Speech Month, efforts are made to draw attention to more than 28 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss, a number expected to double by 2030. Almost 9% of young children suffer from speech disorders–and more and more of our kids are damaging their hearing from exposure to loud music, video games and even noisy environments like concerts and car races.
“You can only hear what you hear. A screening is the only way to find out what you may be missing,” said Dr. Frazier
The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat and help St. Louisans with communication disorders by offering speech/language and audiology services to children and adults, regardless of whether they have insurance and/or financial resources to afford such care. For additional information, call 314-968-4710, visit www.hearing-speechstlouis.org or “like” us on Facebook.