Specialty Services

Pragmatic (Social) Language

Often we see children who struggle with managing the language involved with social routines. This may mean that children have difficulty carrying on conversations with peers or even asking a teacher for help in the classroom. The effects of pragmatic (social language) disorders are multifaceted and may prevent children from making friends, participating in school groups and sports, and building good rapport with educators. Our Speech Buddies program is made up of several social language groups with two or more children who share common pragmatic difficulties. Children are given opportunities to learn the language and behaviors that build meaningful relationships utilizing the support of a Speech-Language Pathologist in a safe, non-threatening environment.

Speech Buddies groups are created on an “as needed” basis. They may last a few weeks or may be ongoing, depending on the needs of the children and the availability of group members. Topics from previous Speech Buddies groups have included reading body language; starting, joining, maintaining, and ending conversations; being a good listener; recognizing what’s appropriate to say to friends, acquaintances, or strangers; and using persuasive language.

Contact Angie Rikard (704.523.8027, ext 25) to see if there is a Speech Buddies opportunity currently available for your child.

Language and Literacy Concerns

At Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center we have learned firsthand that many clients who have speech and language deficits also struggle with reading abilities.

Our therapists have received specialized training in early literacy and phonological awareness skills and utilize this extensive knowledge base to incorporate these goals into their therapy sessions. Children begin acquiring emerging literacy skills as toddlers and continue to develop advanced skills throughout their school years. Many children who struggle with reading have specific, underlying speech-language deficits, particularly in the area of phonological awareness, that have never been identified due to their otherwise strong language skills. Taking a pro-active approach to literacy development benefits all of our clients, regardless of age or diagnosis.

Phonological awareness involves the ability to think about and manipulate sounds. Research has shown that individuals with speech and language disabilities who receive direct phonological awareness training demonstrated significant improvement in phonological awareness, reading, and spelling (Gillon, 2000). In our inclusion settings, summer groups and individual therapy sessions, therapists often incorporate specific phonological awareness activities into their lesson plans; this helps to strengthen a child’s early literacy skills. These activities include rhyme awareness, rhyme completion, sound identification, sound manipulation, and sound blending tasks. Critical skills such as these are the building blocks for later reading success.

Contact Angie Rikard (704.523.8027, ext 25) today to see if your child would benefit from phonological awareness training or other services.

Adult Fluency Group

We invite any adult who is living with a stuttering or fluency disorder to join us at our monthly fluency group as we share our thoughts and resources for handling communication difficulties.

There is no cost and participants do not need to be currently enrolled in speech-language therapy to attend.

Meetings are held on the First Tuesday of each month, 6:00 to 7:00 pm at:

Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center
741 Kenilworth Avenue, Suite #100
Charlotte, NC 28204

Call for details: 704.523.8027, ext 25 or sign up at our Meetup Group site HERE

Services for Charter Schools

CSHC is in a unique position to help charter schools meet the IEP and other LEA requirements for students with speech-language and/or hearing disorders.  We currently serve multiple charter and residential schools in Mecklenburg County and have been doing so for over a decade.   Our speech-language pathologists and audiologist are highly qualified to work with students of all ages with a variety of needs including augmentative communication and autism spectrum disorders.

Services we can provide to schools include: speech-language and hearing screenings, speech-language evaluations, individual or group therapy and RTI (response-to-intervention) services, inclusion services, FM system set-up,  routine maintenance of hearing aids and FM systems (including re-programming), teacher workshops on working with students with special-needs or other topics, and parent workshops or consultations.   We have a full suite of hearing diagnostic equipment and sound booth at our facility just outside uptown Charlotte if a hearing screening indicates more intensive testing is required.

As a not-for-profit entity that has served Charlotte since 1967 we often are able to utilize grant or other funds to help cover certain services such as screenings and teacher/parent trainings.  Our goal is to add value for your teachers and school and successfully address the communication needs of your students and their families while minimizing the costs to your organization.  It is our mission to provide a full range of speech-language and hearing services to everyone in need.

If you are interested in learning more about our services please contact Angie Rikard, Director of Speech-Language Services at 704 523-8027 x25 or at arikard@charlottespeechhearing.com.