Children. Stroke survivors. People with traumatic brain injuries.
These are but a few of the groups our Health Department’s speech and hearing program helps through individual therapy sessions, a stroke club, numerous speech and language services and complete audiological evaluations.
Operating out of the Joseph Willard Health Center and satellite sites at Herndon-Reston and Mount Vernon, the clinics help make speech and hearing services available to underserved populations, individuals and families with limited resources. The clinics play an important role in filling service gaps in Fairfax County. They are among the few Medicaid providers in the community and also offer services on a sliding fee scale.
The evaluation and treatment process is individualized, focusing on developing programs that meet individual and family needs. And all clinicians in the program are certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Professions.
“I’m directing or helping facilitate a program that really helps people in the community communicate more effectively,” says Jeffrey Edge, rehabilitation services manager. “That can affect people in a number of different ways – some of those ways may be that we can help you with speech, some of those ways may be that we can direct you to where you might be able to get hearing aids so that you can hear what’s being spoken and communicate more effectively. We may provide an opportunity way to use new technology that may be able to help you speak or engage family members. So our program is a really a communications program.”
Although most speech and hearing clients are children, the clinics do serve adults, including stroke survivors and those with traumatic brain injury and feeding or swallowing problems. Support groups provide opportunities for stroke survivors and caregivers to learn more about treatment practices, new techniques and other topics, and to go on outings.
Know someone who has trouble speaking or hearing? Refer them to the speech and hearing program using the online request submission form.