UPMC Bedford Memorial Offers Free Speech and Language Screening for Children
In recognition of national Better Hearing and Speech Month, UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital
will provide free speech and language screenings for children ages 2 to 18.
Certified speech-language pathologists will evaluate children for concerns, including:
- Speech sound disorders (difficulty pronouncing sounds)
- Language disorders (difficulty understanding what they hear or expressing themselves with words)
- Stuttering (fluency disorders — interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions or prolongations of sounds or words)
- Voice disorders (quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality or volume that is too loud or too soft)
Registration is recommended. For more information, contact Rebecca Burns, M.S., CCC-SLP at 814-623-3545.
WHY: According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, speech disorders affect 8 to 9 percent of young children. Early diagnosis of a speech and/or language disorder is critical to a child’s academic and social development and success. The earlier these disorders are treated, the easier, more effective, less expensive and shorter the course of treatment likely will be.
WHO: Children of Bedford County residents, ages 2 to 18
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, May 24
WHERE: UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital, Speech Therapy office, 2nd floor