Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Education, Job Training, Health

Location: 1625 19th Ave Seattle WA 98122 USA

Mission: As a nonprofit agency serving thousands of individuals and families each year - through clinical services, therapy, education, advocacy and technology - the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center (HSDC) strengthens community by promoting effective communication. HSDC’s vision is that all people realize their full communication potential, and achieves this by joining direct services with systemic change to create an inclusive and accessible community. Agency services span the life cycle from infants through seniors, and include Audiology & Hearing Aids, Speech, Language & Literacy Services (including the Ned Behnke Speech Language Preschool & Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Literacy Lab, which houses the Language to Literacy Program), Early Childhood Education (featuring the nationally recognized bilingual Parent-Infant Program & Rosen Family Preschool), Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services (Advocacy and Employment Services) and Assistive Listening and Signaling Technology through HSDCStore.com. HSDC has been serving the Puget Sound area for over 70 years.
Geographic areas served: 13 counties of Western Washington, primarily King, Snohomish, Pierce and Whatcom
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EIN 91-0681207
206-323-5770
http://www.hsdc.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

After visiting three audiologists and leaving frustrated a friend told me to try this place. I was happy to finally have someone listen to my special hearing issues and provide me with multiple options. I got to "try before you buy" and they convinced me! I am getting regular follow-ups and the staff is very attentive. I am much happier and more social since I can hear.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter started attending Behnke Preschool when she turned three, in July of 2010. She had a speech delay, and we were very excited to find a speech language preschool in Seattle. She loves her teachers and classroom, which is currently transformed into a campsite with a tent for dramatic play, constellations on the ceiling for stargazing, flashlights for reading in the book corner, even a pond for fishing! Other themes have been Fire and Safety, On Safari, and Dinosaur Dig. As a parent, it is amazing to see how well thought out the curricula are to include books, activities, vocabulary and songs to support lanuage and speech development. Of course, it's pure fun for the preschoolers!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Quarterly evaluations with detailed observations of social/emotional and fine/gross motor development are sent home by the teachers each quarter. There are optional parent/teacher conferences to review those evaluations. Parents also get weekly bulletins with photos of the students in action, lists of books they read in class, and ideas for activities to build on the school themes at home. We have watched our daughter catch-up to an age appropriate level of speech and language development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage more outreach! It's such a great resource, yet families in the area don't seem to know of its existence. I often wish the school day were longer than the current 2 1/2 hours. It is a big commitment for families to get their kids to and from class.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

We were referred by our daughter's former speech therapist . When she graduated from the Birth-to-Three program at the Boyer Children's Clinic, we wanted to continue therapy and we were also looking into preschools. The HSDC and Behnke Preschool were a natural next step for us.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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