ByGeorge! Online

March 4, 2003

Say What?

Speech and Hearing Center Offers Free Screenings Throughout March and April, Launches Youth Support Group

This spring GW’s 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 center’s 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 University’s 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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