May Staff Spotlight: Miss Amanda!

By Alexa Demyan,

May’s staff spotlight features Miss Amanda, one of our incredible speech-language pathologists! Amanda has been with the Center since 2019. She has over four years of SLP experience and specializes in articulation, school-age language, and birth-3 years. Her favorite part about being an SLP is building relationships with clients and families as well as watching her clients become more confident in their communication skills. She wants people to know that SLPs help with a variety of communication skills, such as expressive and receptive language and social language skills. Helping with speech sounds is just a part of what speech therapists do!

Miss Amanda’s favorite children’s book is “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. Her favorite therapy games are Critter Clinic and Pop the Pig. The most recent course she has taken is an introduction to The PLAY Project, an evidence-based autism early intervention training resource. Finally, Miss Amanda’s favorite quote is “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

For more information about our Speech team or to schedule an appointment, call (614) 263-5151.

Bringing Better Hearing & Speech to Central Ohio

By Alexa Demyan,

We listen to more than 30,000 words and speak over 7,000 words every day. Communication is vital to our human connection, and at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) we ensure that individuals and children facing communication challenges are being served and impacted. 

Serving central Ohio since 1923, CSHC provides vital intervention and therapy to more than 5,000 people annually. Untreated hearing loss and speech challenges have serious emotional and social consequences, including depression, anxiety, emotional instability, withdrawal, and isolation. Children, without early intervention, are not ready for kindergarten and may not have success in school or later in life. 

We’re not just one Center; we’re expanding our reach. CSHC provides services in over 15 local schools, 40 early childhood locations, and 13 different local libraries annually. Now we also have an office in Dublin, Ohio. 

View Our 2019 Annual Report

CSHC is a nonprofit organization that counts on the support of volunteers and donors to continue to provide services and programs so that people of all ages receive the intervention and therapy needed for their communication challenges. 

Regardless of size, financial support goes to work immediately by ensuring that care, compassion, and help is provided to children and individuals in our community who face communication challenges. 

As we prepare for Better Hearing & Speech Month in May, please consider giving a gift so the next person who walks through our doors will leave experiencing better hearing and speech. 

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We’re Expanding to Dublin!

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) is excited to announce that we are expanding our services to the Dublin area starting May 10.

Our new office, located at 5155 Bradenton Ave., Suite 150 in Dublin, will specialize in audiology services for adults, including hearing screenings and the latest hearing aid technology sales.

The Stats

According to the National Institute of Health, it’s estimated that hearing loss affects up to 40% of adults over the age of 65, 60% of adults over the age of 75, and 80% of adults over the age of 85. In addition, people with hearing loss wait an average of 7 years before seeking help.

To make matters worse, untreated hearing loss compromises wellness and quality of life and increases risk factors for falls, depression, social isolation and cognitive decline.

“Columbus Speech & Hearing Center’s services are needed now more than ever,” says James O. Dye, the Center’s President & CEO. “The personalized service and programs we offer transform lives and improve the communication and quality of life for every person who walks through our doors.”

Audiology

Our nonprofit organization has served those with speech and hearing challenges in central Ohio, regardless of affordability, for more than 95 years. CSHC’s main location in Clintonville already serves more than 2,250 audiology clients annually.

The Dublin expansion will allow our services to reach even more people in need, especially in the northwest suburbs of Columbus, including Dublin, Plain City, Powell, Hilliard, and Upper Arlington.

We are incredibly grateful to our philanthropic partner, The Columbus Foundation, for the financial support for our new expansion.

Dublin Details

The new Dublin office suite is conveniently located on the first floor of a medical office building shared by Drs. Scheetz & Rekos – Oral & Facial Surgeons of Ohio and Columbus Ophthalmology Associates. It’s easily accessible from I-270, Route 33 and Route 161 and offers free parking. Dr. Natalie Rosselli and Dr. Jennifer Thomson will serve as Dublin’s onsite audiologists and are booking appointments for next month’s opening.

To schedule an appointment at our new Dublin office with Dr. Rosselli or Dr. Thomson, call (614) 261-5789.

Celebrating Mother’s Day and Better Hearing & Speech Month

By Alexa Demyan,

By Amanda Cifuentes, M.S., CCC-SLP

May is a very exciting month at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center! This month, we are celebrating two things we love – mothers, and Better Hearing & Speech Month! Are you looking for fun ways to celebrate these events while practicing speech and language skills? Look no further; we’ve got you covered.

Mother’s Day

Did you know?  President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation in 1914 stating that Mother’s Day would be celebrated each year on the second Sunday in May!

  • Cards: Practice using complete sentences. This is also a great time to work on vocabulary, such as adjectives describing the moms in your life!
  • Cooking: If you are making a special treat for Mother’s Day, this is a great opportunity to practice sequencing with your child. Before cooking, tell your child what you will do first, next, and last. Talk about what you are doing as you are cooking. Take pictures as you cook and use the pictures to have your child describe the treat-making process to the lucky recipient!
  • Crafts: This is a great opportunity to practice requesting, commenting, and describing. Put necessary items like glue, tape, or markers out of reach, but in sight to encourage your child to request them. Practice naming things you like about each person’s craft. Describe the stickers, ribbon, glitter, and colors of the finished product.

Better Hearing & Speech Month

What is it?  BHSM is a month focused on raising awareness of various communication disorders and the treatment targeted to improve hearing and speech abilities.

    • Make a Communication Collage: Brainstorm the reasons that you are thankful for communication. Are you thankful that you can communicate with friends? Ask for cookies? Tell a joke? Share kind words? Find pictures in magazines that represent reasons you are thankful for communication, cut them out, and make a collage!
    • Communication Connections: Communicating allows us to form and maintain relationships with others. Reach out to someone you care about using your favorite communication method – email, phone call, FaceTime, text, card, picture – whatever is best for you!
    • Learn Something New: Visit our social media pages throughout the month of May to learn how we are celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month! We’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn!

Myths & Facts About Hearing Aids

By Alexa Demyan,

Make your hearing health a priority this Better Hearing & Speech Month. Our new Dublin Audiology Office specializes in hearing evaluations; the latest in hearing aid technology sales; hearing aid fittings and repairs; and custom hearing protection. Call (614) 261-5789 to schedule an appointment.

Myth: Hearing aids restore hearing to normal just as an eyeglass prescription can restore vision to 20/20.
Fact: Hearing aids do not “cure” hearing loss, but they provide benefit and improve communication. They can improve hearing and listening abilities and quality of life.

Myth: You can save time and money by buying hearing aids online.
Fact: By working with an audiologist, you are purchasing professional care and services to ensure that the correct hearing aid is selected and that proper programming of the hearing aid is completed. Other professional care includes:

• Full hearing evaluation
• Hearing aid evaluation
• Proper fitting of hearing aid
• Instruction on proper use and care of the hearing aid
• Follow-up care and support
• Repair services
• Rehabilitation services
• Referral for medical treatment (if needed)

Myth: A hearing aid will damage your hearing.
Fact: A properly fitted and maintained hearing aid will not damage your hearing.

Myth: Mild hearing loss is not bad enough for a hearing aid.
Fact: Everyone’s hearing loss and listening needs are different. Our audiologists will work with you to determine if a hearing aid is needed and how much it will improve your hearing.

Myth: Wearing a hearing aid in both ears is not necessary.
Fact: We normally hear with two ears. Binaural (two-eared) hearing helps us localize sounds, assists us in noisy settings, and provides natural sound quality. Most people with hearing loss in both ears can understand better with two aids than with one.

Myth: The invisible hearing aids worn in the ear are the best hearing aids to purchase.
Fact: There are several styles of hearing aids, and all are “state-of-the-art.” What is most important is that you purchase a hearing aid that accommodates your hearing loss and your listening needs.

Now Seeking Volunteers for Halloween Hop!

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is excited to begin planning for our annual Halloween Hop! This sensory-friendly event is perfect for trick-or-treaters of all ages and a great opportunity for kids to experience a non-spooky Halloween.

We are searching for volunteers to join our Halloween Hop planning committee. The time commitment is approximately 3-5 hours per month leading up to the event with a slight increase in hours leading up to the execution of the event in October. We want to plan for the safest, most fun Halloween Hop yet!


If you’re interested in serving on the Halloween Hop planning committee, email Danielle Dobkins at ddobkins@columbusspeech.org or call (614) 261-5415.

Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Activities at Home!

By Alexa Demyan,

Happy March! As we slowly move toward Spring, many parents are more excited than ever for warm weather and the ability enjoy the outdoors as a family! Because March weather can be unpredictable, we wanted to share are a few activities for speech and language practice that can be done no matter the weather! 

Search for Shamrocks!

Outside: Search for shamrocks, leaves, pine needles, or anything else green! Talk about how these items are similar and different with descriptive language (Is it small, big, soft, hard, shiny, sharp, soft?).

Inside: Do the same activity, but see how many green items you can find in your home. In addition to the descriptions listed above, this might lead to even more descriptive language (Where does it belong in the house? What category is it in? What do you do with it?). 


Make a Rainbow!

Outside: Use chalk to draw a rainbow on the sidewalk or your driveway. While drawing, practice an articulation target word for each color that you use!

Inside: Create a rainbow using whatever craft materials you have at home – maybe use several different materials in one picture! Practice speech sounds while drawing and then hang the rainbows around your house for springtime cheerfulness! 


Do Some Yoga and Notice How You Feel!

Outside or inside, this can be a great way to move your body. Work in some language practice by describing how your body and brain feel when you do yoga! Does your brain feel calm, energized, or relaxed? Does stretching feel good on your arms, legs, back, or neck? 

Check out this site for some St. Patrick’s Day themed yoga poses for kids!

Spring Into Speech and Language Skills!

By Alexa Demyan,

Spring officially arrived on March 20, bringing with it a variety of fun opportunities to practice speech, language, and social skills! Whether you are looking for something to do indoors on a rainy day or outside in the sunshine, there are so many different ways to practice communication skills!

By Amanda Cifuentes

The Speech & Language Evaluation

By Alexa Demyan,

What is a speech-language evaluation?

A speech-language evaluation is the measurement of a person’s communication skills. It is done to gain more understanding of a person’s communication skills and needs. This evaluation is done by a licensed speech-language pathologist.

The speech-language pathologist will review relevant case history information with the client and/or anyone who accompanies them to their evaluation. The case history form will be provided to the client for completion prior to the evaluation. Questions included in the case history form (if relevant) include:

  • Pregnancy and birth history
  • Acquisition of developmental milestones
  • Medical history
  • Family and biographical information (e.g. who lives with the client, is there family history of speech, language or hearing disorders, etc.)
  • Current and previous speech-language skills
  • Reason for requesting the speech-language evaluation
  • School/education history

After the case history information is reviewed, the client will participate in a comprehensive evaluation, which includes a combination of standardized and informal assessments.

What areas may be assessed as part of a speech-language evaluation at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center?

  • Expressive language (how a person uses language to communicate)
  • Receptive language (how a person understands language)
  • Articulation and Apraxia (the accuracy and intelligibility of spoke communication)
  • Stuttering and Fluency (speaking smoothly and without effort)
  • Social Engagement and Interaction (how a person plays, interacts and/or communicates with others)
  • Phonemic Awareness (the ability to recognize and manipulate the spoken parts of words)
  • Hearing Screening (depending on their age and medical history)

What happens after the evaluation?

The evaluating speech-language pathologist will step out of the treatment room for a few minutes to score the assessment(s) and gather any relevant handouts and resources. They will review the results of the evaluation and share their recommendations with the client and/or anyone who accompanies the client to the evaluation. The client and/or their caregiver will be given a Quick Summary Speech-Language Evaluation Sheet that summarizes the evaluation results and recommendations covered by the speech-language pathologist. If speech therapy is recommended, the speech-language pathologist will take the client to the business office to speak with one of our schedulers.

In a few weeks, a thorough speech and language evaluation will be sent to the client, which will include:

  • Case history information and reason for referral
  • The results of all standardized and informal assessments
  • A speech-language diagnosis, if applicable
  • Recommendations
  • Referrals, if applicable
  • Treatment goals, if applicable

Adapted from PRO-ED, Inc. 1988 

Using Video Clips to Teach Social Skills

By Alexa Demyan,

Trying to teach social skill concepts in a fun and motivating way? Video
clips can be extremely useful! As you and your child watch, you can
pause along the way to discuss relevant topics.

“For The Birds” (Pixar)

Watch the video here

Summary: A flock of small birds perch on a telephone wire when along comes a large dopey bird that tries to join them. The birds of a feather can’t help but make fun of him—and their clique mentality proves embarrassing in the end.

Ideas for discussion:

  • Emotions
    • What are they feeling?
    • How do you know? (e.g. facial expressions, body language)
    • Why might they feel that way?
  • Personal space
  • Bullying
    • Why do you think the little birds acting like that?
    • What could you say to your friends if they acted like that?
    • What could the big bird say or do?
  • Conflict resolution
    • What could they have done instead?
  • If they could talk, what do you think they’d be saying?

“Lou” (Pixar)

Watch the video here

Summary: Lou, a creature made of “Lost and Found” items must
manage the unkind behavior of the schoolyard bully, J.J., who has not
yet learned that giving can be so much more fulfilling than taking away.

Ideas for discussion:

  • Bullying
    • What is J.J. doing? How does that make the other kids feel? What could the other kids say/do?
  • Conflict resolution
  • Giving/sharing vs. taking

“Oreo Commercial” (2009)

Watch the video here

Summary: A younger brother wants to be just like his older brother – which means he needs to figure out a way to dunk his cookie in milk too! The problem is… how do you dunk your cookie given a sippy cup?

Ideas for discussion:

  • “Thinking with your Eyes”
    • Where are his eyes looking? What does that mean he’s thinking about?
  • Problem-solving
    • What’s the problem? How does he try to solve it?
    • What do you think will happen next? What would you do?
  • Nonverbal communication
    • E.g. When the older brother scoots his milk away, what is he trying to say?
    • E.g. How is the younger brother feeling when __?

“Elf” (2003)

Clips available on YouTube, full film available on dvd/bluray & various streaming platforms

Summary: Almost any scene can be used from this hilarious movie about an elf who moves to NYC.

Ideas for discussion:

  • Expected vs. Unexpected Behaviors
    • What did Buddy do? Was it expected or unexpected? Why?
    • How did that make other people feel around him? (e.g. confused, upset, uncomfortable)

Ideas for scenes:

  • Mall scene – Buddy goes to the mall for the 1st time
    • Dinner scene – Buddy eats spaghetti with syrup for dinner… with his hands! Yuk!
  • Doctor scene – Buddy eats cotton balls and won’t sit still, which makes his dad and the doctor upset.

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This post written for you by Sarah Denman, M.A. CCC-SLP of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center