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UPMC Bedford Memorial Offers Free Speech and Language Screening for Children

WHAT: 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

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