Category: Events


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.

Partnering to Improve Communication for ALL

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center hosted the 13th Annual Great Communicators Golf Classic on October 19. Though the weather was less than favorable, our event was still a success thanks to the support of our community partners!

You can learn more about the impact of our annual fundraiser by checking out this short video produced by Zinnia Films.

Watch the video on YouTube here!

Thank you to all who donated, participated in our virtual Silent Auction & Raffle, sponsored and volunteered!

Impact Sponsors

Success Sponsors

Storytelling Sponsors

Hole Sponsors

Foursomes

COMDOC, Inc. ⚫ Elford, Inc. ⚫ HMB, Inc. ⚫ The Joseph Group ⚫ Ketchum & Walton Co. ⚫ The Scotts Miracle Grow Company ⚫ TSG Advice Partners ⚫ US Bank

If you’re interested in getting involved and making an impact in your community through our annual golf outing, please reach out to ccraig@columbusspeech.org. We’re always welcoming new partners and volunteers!

What’s the Chatter About?

By Alexa Demyan,

At Columbus Speech and Hearing Center, we know that the early identification of a speech, language, or hearing disorder is critical, but that it also leads to better outcomes.

The first two years of a child’s life are a critical period for their development of speech and language skills. Communication skills are essential in building the foundation of academic readiness and the earlier a child’s disorder is detected, the sooner a family can make the best decision for their child’s language and communication approach.

At Columbus Speech and Hearing we screen more than 2,000 children a year for early detection. We work with families to provide the best services to ensure children are able to develop the language skills necessary to help them communicate freely and actively learn.

We know that numerous studies have shown a link between a child’s language skills in preschool and their academic success later in life. You can ensure your child is ready for learning with a speech, language and hearing screening.

CSHC also knows know that piece of mind for parents and caregivers is important! That’s why we offer a variety of ways for you to discuss your child’s unique speech and hearing needs with a licensed speech-language pathologist.

Chatterbox

This free program connects you with a speech-language pathologist from CSHC for a casual Q&A about your child’s speech and language development. Our SLP can also provide fresh ideas for home activities, or help you determine next-steps for your child’s continued speech and language development.

Chatterbox sessions are open to anyone who has concerns regarding their child’s speech and language development. Chatterbox sessions can take place over the phone or via email with a licensed speech-language pathologist. You can contact Lora McConnell at (614) 261-5462 or lmcconnell@columbusspeech.org.

View our flyer or follow us on instagram for more information!

In-Office Speech & Hearing Screening

Early detection and intervention increase opportunities for success in school. Our In-Office Screenings offer families a chance to have an in-person, one-to-one screening with one of our licensed speech pathologists.

Our in-office screenings are a 20-25 minute screening to assess your child in the areas of speech articulation, receptive language, expressive language, social pragmatic language, fluency, and hearing to determine if a full speech and language evaluation is warranted. We offer screenings to any child age 3-7.

In-office screenings determine if speech articulation and language skills are age-appropriate and if there is any possible hearing loss or middle ear problems. Results and recommendations are provided immediately.

In-office screenings cost $30. You can inquire about an in-office screening for your child by contacting Janel Niekamp at (614) 261-5469 or jniekamp@columbusspeech.org.

View our flyer.

Community Speech & Hearing Screening

Our Community Outreach program partners with preschools, schools, early learning centers, daycares and more to offer speech, language and hearing screenings to children 3+. These screenings help to identify children with speech, language and/or hearing problems and provide families with the appropriate recommendations and referrals resources so that any necessary treatment and intervention can be done in a timely manner.

If you are interested in learning more about community speech, language and hearing screenings, please contact your school or daycare to see if they participate in this program!

Additional Resources

Learn more by visiting our Speech Services page to see a full list of services offered!

Check out our Pinterest page and Instagram page for educational and fun activities to target speech therapy goals in the home!

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Halloween Costume Contest

By Alexa Demyan,

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our in-person Halloween Hop has been canceled for the 2020 season. However, CSHC loves Halloween too much to let the holiday pass without some spooktacular family fun!

This year we will be hosting a virtual Halloween Costume Contest. Each participant will be entered into a random drawing and the winners will receive a Halloween prize basket filled with goodies for the whole family!

This contest will run from October 10th – October 29th.

HOW TO ENTER:

1.      Follow Columbus Speech & Hearing Center on Facebook and/or Instagram (our Instagram handle is @columbusspeech)

2.      Post a picture of your child, children or entire family in their Halloween Costumes between 10/1- 10/29

3.      Tag Columbus Speech & Hearing Center in your post and use the hashtag: #CSHCostume

·         Please be sure to tag Columbus Speech & Hearing Center and use the hashtag so that we can see your picture(s) and enter you into our basket drawing.

·         You do not need to be a current client of CSHC to enter- anyone is welcome! However, the winner must be able to pick up their prize in-person at Columbus Speech & Hearing Center.

·         Please keep in mind that is a family-friendly costume contest

Click here to email jaills@columbusspeech.org with any questions about this contest.

Deaf Services Center, Inc. to Partner with Columbus Speech and Hearing Center to Provide Timely Transition of Vocational Services

By Alexa Demyan,

Columbus, Ohio, December 5, 2019 – Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing people in central Ohio can enjoy the benefits of two major non-profits coming together to provide Employment Services from one convenient location.

Deaf Services Center, Inc.(DSC) and Columbus Speech and Hearing Center (CSHC) have joined forces to provide career exploration, job application help, community-based assessments, job skills training, job development, coaching and retention to the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing communities in central Ohio. As of January 1, 2020, the two non-profit centers will be partnering together to provide transition of  these services and more to Deaf Services Center at 5830 N High St. in Worthington, OH.  This will allow DSC to provide employment services to individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and with other disabilities as provided by CSHC.

Since 1971, the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center has provided employment support services through their Careers for People with Disabilities program (originally the Comprehensive Program for the Deaf) and Deaf Services Center began offering employment services beginning in 2014.  Both Centers are CARF accredited.  For the past 5 years, both centers have been the primary locations for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind individuals seeking employment.

 “Combining our talented team with DSC, will create a more robust program to serve the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Further, narrowing our {CSHC} focus to our core services of Audiology, Hearing Aids and Speech Therapy, will allow us to better meet the needs of those living with hearing impairment or communication disorders and allow us to expand our geographic service area.” -James O. Dye, CEO, Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

“This is a first step to an outstanding partnership with the Columbus Speech and Hearing Center and will pave the way for future projects and partnerships benefitting the communities we serve.” – John L. Moore, CEO, Deaf Services Center

Established in 1991, Deaf Services Center, Inc. (DSC) empowers those faced with language barriers by promoting access to communication. Our resources help those who have hearing loss or are non-English users to fully access the English language in communicating with others. Headquartered in central Ohio, with satellite offices serving the northwest and southeast areas of the state DSC is the largest provider of services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind in Ohio. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, DSC works hard to empower the communities we serve. For more information, please visit our website at www.dsc.org.

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.

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

 

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

 

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

 

“Columbus Speech & Hearing Center is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said President & CEO James O. Dye. “We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”

 

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center works every day via its Careers for People with Disabilities (CPD) program to help individuals living with disabilities to find meaningful employment. Last year, the program helped place 88 individuals at 77 different companies.

 

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.

Great Communicators Golf Classic raises more than $100,000 for Columbus Speech & Hearing Center

By Clay Parlette,

Columbus Speech & Hearing Center welcomed sunshine and 120 golfers at The Lakes Golf and Country Club for the 11th Annual Great Communicators Golf Classic. The fundraiser, which directly benefits the Center’s efforts to provide speech therapy, audiology, and career services for central Ohioans in need, raised well over its goal of $100,000 for the cause.

“The Great Communicators Golf Classic provides critical funds that enable us to serve people from all financial backgrounds,” said Leslie Martin, director of development & major gifts. “We’re grateful to have had strong community support in the 95 years we have served the greater Columbus area, and moments like this remind us of the importance of our work.”

More than 43% of the speech services provided by the Center directly benefit families at or below the poverty level in central Ohio. Additionally, the Center works closely with the Franklin County Office on Aging’s Senior Options program and the state’s Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) agency to provide services for central Ohioans in need.

Distinctive at this year’s event was the extensive offering of silent auction items, including a VIP Heart of Africa Safari Tour at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, as well as an exclusive raffle opportunity to golf at Muirfield Village Golf Club and Scioto Country Club. Attendees were also treated to a reception, hosted by former 10TV anchorwoman Angela Pace and Cameron James, of Mills James Productions. Top level sponsorship support of the Golf Classic was provided by OhioHealth and The Robertson Group at Morgan Stanley, who each served as Gold Event Sponsors to support the Center’s mission.

“It was certainly a beautiful day for a beautiful cause,” Martin relished. “We couldn’t be more thankful for our many supporters for believing in our mission and the people we serve.”

 

The families of Columbus Speech & Hearing Center thank our Gold Event Sponsors: OhioHealth and The Robertson Group at Morgan Stanley; Silver Team Sponsors: Acoustic Ceiling and Partition, Archall, Benesch, Columbia Gas of Ohio, Elford, Inc., Equity, Equity Construction Solutions (ECS), GBQ Partners, Huntington Private Bank, Nationwide, OPOC.us, Plante Moran, Safelite AutoGlass, and White Castle System, Inc.; and Bronze Associate Sponsors: AEP Energy, BakerHostetler, Bruner Corporation, and Washington Prime Group.