Columbus Speech & Hearing Center announced as recipient of grant from Ingram-White Castle Foundation

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center (CSHC) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation of The Columbus Foundation. These funds will support the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program at the Center, which provides individual therapy for children with communication disorders, and group treatment which focuses on social emotional learning and development opportunities for children. Both programs are essential components in ensuring children can successfully participate in academic and social settings.

True to its mission of unlocking potential for individuals with communication and vocational challenges through all stages of life, the Speech Therapy Early Intervention program provides critical speech-language and social support for children with speech delays and other communication disorders. The grant helps CSHC continue to provide these critical services for all children, including those from households who rely on donor and grant support.

“Approximately one in three families who receive speech therapy services from us rely on community support,” said CSHC President & CEO James O. Dye. “This generous grant from the Ingram-White Castle Foundation ensures we can continue to provide those critical services for the children of central Ohio.”

About Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

Since its founding in 1923, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center has provided quality, patient-centered care for tens of thousands of people with communication challenges in the Columbus metropolitan area and beyond. The Center offers many unique services in the areas of speech-language pathology, audiology, vocational rehab and community education, and is proud to offer a warm and welcoming environment to all people. For more information, visit www.columbusspeech.org.

About the Ingram-White Castle Foundation

The Ingram-White Castle Foundation, which was founded in 1949, is still operated by the Ingram Family today. The Foundation’s mission is to provide physical, educational, emotional and spiritual nourishment to those who hunger for knowledge, independence and self-sufficiency. Recognizing that everyone benefits when we lend a helping hand to those who currently cannot help themselves, the Foundation invests with stewardship, seeking significant impact for those who yearn for a better life. The Foundation has awarded over $22 million in grants to support programs that serve disadvantaged students and help them achieve academic success.

How to get the most out of toy time

By Clay Parlette,

A trip to the toy store isn’t so simple (or cheap) these days. Parents and kids are flooded with nearly every kind of toy imaginable—from trucks with loud sirens, dolls that talk, balls that flash, and tablets that do everything under the sun. Sometimes these toys can be fun, but they’re not always worth the expense. And noisy toys in particular can be sneaky hazards to young children’s hearing health.

The most important function of toys is to allow children to express themselves, use their imagination and discover new things. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of toy time with your kids.

  • Pick toys without batteries, lights and sounds.

Research shows children communicate less when playing with electronic toys.

  • Find or make toys that your child is interested in and play at their level.

Some children like to taste toys. Some like to put things inside containers and some like to pretend.

  • Be flexible!

Toys can be used in a lot of different ways—not just how they were made to be used. Let them put blocks in the microwave, throw stuffed animals in the air, or put Mr. Potato Head parts in the wrong places.

  • Sometimes the best toys are household or outside objects.

Strainers can be fun bath toys or be used to put dry spaghetti in. Laundry baskets can be used as a car, boat or a place to hide under. Leaves can be blankets for a doll, and pine cones and sticks can be drumsticks.

  • Have fewer toys available.

Research shows that when there are fewer toys available to a child, they become more creative in finding different ways to play. It also increases their attention span. Rotate a new set of toys every month or two to change it up. Also, be aware that things like background TV noise can decrease attention to toys.