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Free speech/language screenings for ages 3-5 May 14 at WKU clinic

The Communication Disorders Clinic at WKU will be hosting free speech/language screenings for children ages 3-5 on May 14.

The screenings will be 8 a.m.-noon at the clinic in the Suzanne Vitale Clinical Education Complex, 104 Alumni Ave. Children will be screened for various communication concerns, including speech sound disorders, language disorders, stuttering and voice disorders. Contact Dr. Leigh Anne Roden at (270) 670-1089 for information or to reserve a time.

The clinic at the CEC and the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department in the College of Health and Human Services are recognizing May as Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Up to 9 percent of children suffer from speech disorders and 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. That is why the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department is encouraging the community to educate themselves through the Identify the Signs campaign, a national effort of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The campaign is designed to combat an overall lack of awareness about communication disorders.

Speech, language and hearing problems are among the most common childhood delays in the United States. However, these issues are often reversible and even preventable with early intervention, but many parents and caregivers do not recognize the first signs of these disorders. In young children, early treatment can help prevent them from falling behind academically, socially and in other key areas at a critical time in their development. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to seek treatment as soon possible.

For signs, treatment information and other resources, visit www.identifythesigns.org or contact Dr. Mary Lloyd Moore at the Communication Disorders Clinic at (270) 745-4233.

Contact: Janice Smith, (270) 745-5875.

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