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. These off-site services currently do not include in-home services, but we do consider providing services in your home on an individual basis, pending clinical availability.
The Opti-Speech Clinical Trial at CHSC
Preschool children and toddlers often make speech errors with the tongue that can make it difficult for them to be understood. Sounds like “k,” “s,” and “r” commonly have errors because saying them accurately requires high-level coordination of the muscles in the tongue. In fact, 15% of children, aged 4-6, have some delay or error in speech sound production, without any known cause. When a child this age is unable to be understood by others, it is important to bring them to a speech therapist for an evaluation and treatment. Traditional speech therapy for these errors can include games, drills, and some work to describe or show how the sound should be produced. Many times, these errors can be resolved with less than a year of treatment. Sometimes, even with strong work in speech therapy, the speech errors continue.
Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center is in an NIH-funded phase II clinical trial of Opti-Speech. The technology uses the captured motion of sensors on the tongue to animate a real-time 3-D avatar tongue. The speech therapist can set spherical targets to “show” the client how to shape the tongue for particular speech sounds. For those who have not had success with traditional speech therapy, the Opti-Speech clinical trial may be a great alternative.
For more information about Opti-Speech, please contact Rebecca Mental at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 216-325-7541.
The SmartPalate is a biofeedback device that lets kids (over eight years of age) and adults see their tongue movements during speech. Speech therapists use the SmartPalate to treat clients with pervasive speech sound production disorders, such as continued difficulty producing the /r/ sound after receiving traditional therapy.
The device itself is a thin sheet of molded plastic that conforms to the client’s upper palate and detects tongue movements using electronic sensors. It resembles a very thin, clear retainer. The client only wears the device during therapy. The therapist coaches the child on improving production of target sounds moving toward independent production of the sounds in conversation and outside of therapy.
What sounds may be treated using the SmartPalate?
According the device manufacturer, the following sounds have been successfully treated using the SmartPalate: r l ch j t d s z k g sh
Each SmartPalate device comes with a practice palate, which the client may wear to acclimate to the device before therapy begins.
For appointments or more information please call 216-231-8787
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.
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.)
The 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.