Over 90 Years of Service to the Community
Speech and language abilities are the basis for all learning. At Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, our speech-language pathologists provide comprehensive services to help children and adults develop or regain effective listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
We provide a variety of services to promote effective communication among people of all ages and ability levels. Starting with infants and toddlers, we work to develop speech-language skills that will serve as the child's foundation for all future learning. We assist parents by teaching strategies used to help children build strong listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as they grow. We help adults who have lost communication abilities due to stroke or other neurological diseases, as well as those who want to improve public speaking or interpersonal communication skills.
Where You Will Find Us
We offer services at three office locations (University Circle, South Euclid, Broadview Heights
). Additionally, we provide services at various schools, day care centers and Head Start programs throughout Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. We do provide in-home services on an individual basis pending clinical availability.
NEW- Speech Pathology Telepractice
Telepractice is a method for receiving speech language pathology services using a computer instead of in-office appointments. Appropriateness for telepractice sessions will need to be determined on a case by case basis.
Specific Services: Screenings, Evaluations, Intervention and More
Early detection and intervention with speech and language issues has been shown to improve communication skills before reading and/or behavioral problems arise. CHSC clinicians provide screenings primarily at locations in the community, including preschools, day care centers, private schools and Head Start programs. We also can conduct screenings in our offices. Screenings are a brief assessment of speech-language and hearing abilities that help us determine whether you or your child might need a more comprehensive evaluation.
Comprehensive speech-language evaluations involve an in-depth analysis of:
- Speech production (including sound production, speech fluency/stuttering)
- Language comprehension (listening and/or reading)
- Language use (including verbal, written and social communication skills)
- Voice quality
We also provide evaluations in certain specialty areas. For individuals who are unable to communicate verbally, we can assess their abilities for various augmentative-alternative communication devices (also called speech-generating devices). Our speech-language pathologists can complete a language-learning evaluation for older children who may have language-based learning disabilities. However, some children may benefit from an even more comprehensive assessment by a neuropsychologist. Click here
for more information about these services.
A pediatric neuropsychological assessment is a comprehensive evaluation that looks across a child's or adolescent's abilities to identify areas of strength and weakness.
The goal of the assessment is to provide a clearer understanding of your child's strengths and weaknesses in order to offer recommendations for educational, vocational and intervention planning (such as speech-language therapy or occupational therapy).
Evaluations are designed to meet the needs of the individual. Skills assessed may include cognitive/thinking ability, attentional and organizational skills, visual-spatial ability, memory and learning skills, academic development, emotional and behavioral functioning and skills of daily living.
When should parents consider a pediatric neuropsychological evaluation for their child or adolescent?
- Suspected cognitive or learning difficulties
- Academic or day-to-day inconsistencies
- Lack of expected outcomes to interventions
- Attentional, behavioral or emotional concerns interfering with school performance
- A medical condition affecting learning and development
When the results of an evaluation reveal the need for intervention, we discuss all options with the family. At CHSC, we offer individual or group therapy sessions. We inform consumers of services that may be available through schools and other agencies in the community.
Individual treatment is provided with your input or that of the primary caregiver. An individualized treatment plan is developed to address your long-term goals and short-term objectives. This plan is reviewed frequently and modified as needed based on the client's progress.
Group treatment is utilized to improve communication skills, provide an opportunity for peer-learning and carry over skills with other communication partners. CHSC offers therapeutic and support groups.
Additional services we provide:
- Community education through lectures in the community and participation in area health fairs
- Community-based services (screenings, evaluations and intervention) for Head Start programs, schools and day care centers
- Support groups for survivors of stroke or traumatic brain injury
- Parent training and education
- Dispensing SpeechEasy Device (anti-stuttering device)
- Equipment loaning program (you can borrow devices such as voice amplifiers, speech-generating devices, etc.)
Clients We Serve
As a community-based agency, we strive to serve as many people as possible. Given the broad scope of practice, our consumers span all ages, ability levels and medical diagnoses. Children (infant to 17 years) are regularly seen at CHSC offices, in schools, day care programs and Head Start programs. Adults with various communication challenges seek our services as well. The individuals we serve may have developmental delays or communication problems frequently associated with medical conditions such as autism, Down syndrome or other genetic disorders, cerebral palsy, stroke or progressive central nervous system diseases (such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.).
Common communication problems of our pediatric clients:
- Apraxia of speech
- Articulation or phonological disorder
- Dysarthria (slurred speech)
- Language delay or disorder
- Language-learning disabilities (language-based reading and writing differences)
- Nonverbal communication needs (augmentative/alternative devices)
- Social skills impairments
- Speech, language or reading difficulties associated with deafness or hearing loss
- Voice or resonance disorders (including those common with cleft palate)
Common communication problems of our adult clients:
- Aphasia (language disorders acquired following stroke)
- Apraxia or dysarthria (speech disorders acquired following stroke)
- Deafness or hearing loss affecting speech production
- Fluency disorder (stuttering)
- Nonverbal communication needs (augmentative/alternative devices)
- Voice disorders
CHSC also provides communication enhancement training for individuals who do not have a communication disorder but wish to improve communication skills. We offer the Compton P-ESL Accent Modification method to assist with the pronunciation of Standard American English. Group or individual training is offered to improve articulation, intonation and nonverbal communication skills. Additionally, assistance with presentation style, voice projection and other professional or interpersonal communication skills is offered.