March 4, 2003
Speech and Hearing Center Offers Free Screenings Throughout
March and April, Launches Youth Support Group
This spring GWs Speech and Hearing Center kicks
off a pair of programs aimed at identifying and assisting the local
community with its speech and hearing needs.
Starting in March the center will launch Springfest 2003, two months
of free hearing, speech, and language screenings designed to spot problems
and educate the public about speech, hearing, and language disorders.
In previous years the center held screenings in May in honor of Better
Speech and Hearing Month. This year, however, it chose to give the community
more time. Screenings are by appointment only. For more information
call 994-7360 (phone/TTY).
The center also recently launched special social skills groups for elementary,
middle, and high school students in the Washington, DC, area. The support
groups are structured to help area students who have speech, hearing,
and language disorders develop better social skills. All sessions are
coordinated through the centers certified clinicians and focus
on conversational skills, eye contact, problem solving, cooperation,
and making friends, among other topics. The sessions also contain a
segment devoted to helping parents continue the lessons at home. For
more information about the skills groups contact Elizabeth Vosseller
at 994-5008 (phone/TTY).
The Speech and Hearing Center is part of the Universitys Speech
and Hearing Science Department and is administered and run by faculty,
staff, and graduate students. The center, located on the fourth floor
of Funger Hall, contains clinical facilities for audiology, speech and
language treatment, and examination. On any given day, the staff might
work with patients recovering from strokes, GW students overcoming stuttering
problems, or young children challenged with delayed language development.
Clients also include non-native English speakers working on reducing
their native accents, people who have had brain injuries due to car
accidents or gun shot wounds, and patients with vocal cord paralysis
or vocal nodules.
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