Accurate assessment of a speech-language disorder is the first step to successful treatment. We offer screenings, comprehensive evaluations, and a wide range of treatment options for infants, children, and adults.
Indications that an evaluation may be needed:
- Difficulty speaking/being understood
- Problems understanding / following directions
- Trouble with memory / attention
- Difficulty finding words to express basic needs
- Problems with reading and writing
- Hoarseness / Difficulty swallowing
- Nasality / Resonance
To request and an appointment, send an email to our Scheduling Specialist, Marolyn Strickland at MStrickland@SpeechAndHearingSav.org .
Stuttering is an interruption in the flow and rhythm of speech which is often manifested by repetitions, hesitations, blocks, and other patterns. Current research suggests stuttering is caused by the interaction of 3 things: a physiological predisposition to stutter, the environment, and the individual’s reaction to the environment and to the stuttering itself.
Articulation problems involve an impairment in the way speech sounds are formed and combined. Articulation difficulties may be the result of faulty learning patterns, environmental influences, physical or cognitive factors, or hearing loss.
Reading and Literacy
Current reading research overwhelmingly points to auditory learning weaknesses (what we hear, not what we see) as the most common cause of reading disorders. Our reading assessments identify the presence and type of reading difficulties. During therapy, we offer strategies to help readers become more confident and more successful.
Voice problems may be characterized by inappropriate pitch (too high or too low), loudness (too loud or not loud enough), quality (harsh, hoarse, breathy, or nasal) or stress patterns (monotone or excessive stress). These problems may or may not be related to physical disorders of the vocal mechanism. Treatment for voice disorders is often coordinated with medical voice assessment.
Aphasia is the partial or complete loss of speech or language resulting from a stroke or injury to the brain. Aphasia is a communication impairment that may affect any aspect of language including comprehension, expression, numeric skills, reading and writing. The range of language damage can be mild to severe.
Aural (Re)habilitation is learning or re-learning to listen and understand spoken language. We provide aural rehabilitation to both pediatrics and adults. Aural rehabilitation involves therapy to integrate sound into meaning. Working through the levels of auditory development ensures successful transition to hearing aids or from hearing aids to a cochlear implant.
Child Language Problems
Child language problems involve difficulties in the development and mastery of language skills. Children may have difficulty understanding what they hear, see, and experience, or formulating what they want to say. Language problems may affect school performance.
There is a broad range of language difficulties, from mild concerns to those which impair children’s abilities to function at age level. Some terms often associated with language impairment include: developmental delay, language delay, learning disability, auditory processing, central auditory processing disorder, hearing impairment, reading disorder, genetic syndrome, brain injury, and prematurity.
The Center’s Accent Modification Program is designed to provide tools and information for professionals who wish to be more easily understood by their colleagues and others in the work environment. The program modules address a variety of work-oriented skills, and include extensive paired and group practice opportunities. Designed for motivated adults, the results of the 8-module program include improved confidence and communicative success for business and social situations. Practice outside the classroom is expected.
Program modules are typically offered at the Center, but it may be possible to arrange modules or short courses on site at your work location, to avoid missed time for travel by employees. Group instruction is strongly recommended, but special arrangements are sometimes made for an individualized training program.
Please contact Savannah Speech and Hearing Center for more information about Accent Modification.
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Speech and Hearing Screenings
The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers FREE walk-in speech screenings the first Thursday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Hearing screenings are offered every Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Children and adults are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Georgia Southeastern Cleft Palate Clinic
The Georgia Southeastern Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic has as its main purpose the optimum care and treatment of children born with cleft lip and/or palate. The Clinic was founded in March 1981 and is composed of an interdisciplinary team for the management of problems associated with cleft lip and palate.
The Clinic utilizes many specialists to provide both physical and psychological support, thus promoting normal growth and development.
- Plastic Surgery
- Ear, Nose and Throat Medical
- Psychology/Social Work
- Speech Pathology/Audiology
- Other Services As Needed
Referrals are accepted from physicians and/or medical personnel from within the 24 county southeast Georgia geographical region. The Clinic meets on the third Tuesday of alternate months beginning in February of each year. Ask the staff of the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center for information regarding the Clinic.
Cheryl Brackin Retires after 36 years at Savannah Speech & Hearing Center
Savannah Speech & Hearing Center will say farewell to long-time employee and Speech Language Pathologist, Ms. Cheryl Brackin. Ms. Brackin has served the Savannah Community through Savannah Speech and Hearing Center’s Speech Language Department since 1975. She has served thousands of Savannah area clients over her 36 year career with Savannah Speech & Hearing Center.
A native of Waycross, Georgia, Cheryl Brackin grew up in Odum, Georgia – Wayne County. She achieved her Undergraduate Degree in English from Georgia Southern University and her Graduate Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Georgia.
Ms. Brackin is a current member of ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) and GSHA (the Georgia Speech and Hearing Association). She is a charter member of the Georgia Southeastern Cleft Lip & Palate Clinic. Ms. Brackin is a founding member and past President of the Coastal Empire Polio Survivors Association, Inc. (CEPSA) which serves as a vital resource for polio survivors, their families and friends, and the medical community. Ms. Bracken is Member at Large, past Vice President and Secretary of Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc. LIFE’s Mission is to level the playing field for people with disabilities in order to create a world in which EVERYONE can fully participate. She also is a former member of NOW (National Organization for Women) and the American Association of University Women. Ms. Bracken has also volunteered for the Savannah Little Theater and the Inner City Night Shelter through Unitarian Universalist Church.
Ms. Brackin stated, “I love being a speech therapist. This is truly bittersweet. I’m looking forward to the next chapter but I will miss my clients and my coworkers.”
The Board and Staff of Savannah Speech and Hearing Center held a reception in Ms. Brackin’s honor at the Center on Thursday, June 9th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.