Our PhilosophyThe professionals at the Lexington Hearing & Speech Center respect children and their families as individuals with unique strengths and needs. We advocate early identification of those needs and early intervention to encourage development of audition, speech, and language. Focusing on the whole child, we provide a stimulating environment that builds on each child’s abilities. We believe each child can and will develop listening and spoken language skills.
Our GoalOur goal is for children to leave our Center with the language and independence to be an active participant in their community. These skills and abilities are the foundation necessary for future learning.
As LHSC looks to the future, the focus will continue to be serving the communication needs of the Commonwealth. A few of the goals that will help us accomplish this undertaking include:
1. Identify opportunities for collaboration in all three core program areas (Early Learning Center, Audiology Clinic and Speech Language Therapy Clinic)2. Create a strategic outreach plan to increase the number of families we are serving in the audiology clinic.3. Implement a telehealth practice within our Speech Language Therapy Clinic.
The goal of LHSC’s speech and language pathology
department is to teach children to listen and talk so they can mainstream into
the appropriate educational and social settings with few or no special
education services needed, in order to succeed in school and in life.
key component of the LHSC commitment of early intervention is through the
education programs of our Early Learning Center. Research indicates children with hearing loss
who have access to an intense listening and spoken language environment develop
speech and language on par with their hearing peers. Research shows that 98% of auditory oral
children with hearing loss enter their local public or private elementary
schools and compete on par with typically hearing classmates.
Early Learning Center (ELC) classrooms at LHSC are optimized through advanced
technology, speech/language enriched curriculum, and highly trained staff, to
provide the best education for children with hearing loss and/or
speech/language delays. LHSC is
committed to ensuring children with hearing loss and/or speech/language delays
transition into preschool, Kindergarten or first grade, ideally with few or no
special education accommodations. Several components of LHSC’s ELC provide children with a listening and
spoken language environment so we may reach this goal. LHSC maintains a Level 3 STARS for KIDS NOW
rating with small group sizes and child-to-teacher ratios to foster an
environment for teaching all children to listen and talk, including children
who are developing typically. The ELC
has six early education classroom opportunities for children under the age of
three; seven preschool classrooms; and a Kindergarten classroom, all of which
foster language-enriched age-appropriate daily activities. Children are moved to a new classroom based upon
developmental readiness as opposed to age.
clinical services are an essential component of our ELC as well. These services include individual
speech/language therapy, daily checks of hearing aids and cochlear implant
functioning, continual monitoring of the child’s hearing and adjustment of hearing
aids and provision of amplification equipment as needed. Classroom technological enhancements,
including sound fields, are also used to obtain maximum acoustic benefit. LHSC
also provides adaptive-listening equipment for children with hearing loss.
One of LHSC's core assets is our specialty-trained staff which includes a Master's Level teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with and emphasis on Deaf Oral Education, (2) Listening and Spoken Language, Certified Auditory Verbal Therapists, (6) Speech/Language Pathologist and (4) audiologists.
audiological services are an essential component of our educational
programming. These services include daily checks of hearing aids and cochlear
implant functioning, continual monitoring of the child’s hearing and adjustment
of hearing aids and provision of amplification equipment as needed. Both
individual and classroom FM systems and sound fields are also used to obtain
maximum acoustic benefit.
Hearing & Speech Center values our collaboration with a diverse array of professional
and educational organizations. These currently include:
Bluegrass Aging Consortium
Hearing Loss Association
Start Partnership site
STARS for Kids Now
County Public Schools - contracts for individual student services
private schools and child care centers—referral based relationship
Public Library—story time bus
Schools – national collaborative for oral deaf education
University - RedCap Data Collection
Together Preschool and Child Development Center of the Bluegrass—informal
directors group for best practices sharing
University of Kentucky Cochlear Implant Team (LHSC is their pediatric partner)
LHSC staff and board are involved with the following organizations at the Leadership Level:
LHSC offers a language-enriched environment and words are
powerful! The number of words a child
knows and uses when entering school is the best indicator for academic
success. Each year our goal is for 85% of the children graduating from our programming to have achieved school readiness which includes age-appropriate communication skills. LHSC can report that we fluctuate between 74-92% annually with this indicator.
LHSC continues to research new strategies and opportunities to increase access to specialty programs. One avenue we are exploring is the use of teletherapy for speech/language therapy and audiological services. Research indicates, this intervention would significantly increase the number of visits which leads to greater intervention impact.
Executive Director, has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of
Akron. Marcey Ansley joined the
Lexington Hearing & Speech Center team in early February, 2011 as the
Executive Director. Over the past twenty years, her primary focus has been
public relations, fund development, volunteer and staff management at local
charitable organizations including: Metro Group Homes, American Red Cross,
Alzheimer’s Association and Hospice of the Bluegrass. Ansley is an active
volunteer in the community and served as the 2011 President of the Junior
League of Lexington and is a member of the Alexander Graham Bell Association and the National Association of Speech & Hearing Centers.
In addition to her professional relationship with LHSC, she has been personally
connected since 2001 as her son Alex, has a moderate/severe hearing loss. Ansley
is passionate about early intervention and hearing detection, which she credits
as one of the primary reasons for her son’s success academically and socially.
Speech/Language Services · Speech/Language Screenings (On-/Off-Site)
On-site audiological services are an essential component of our educational programming. These services include daily checks of hearing aids and cochlear implant functioning, continual monitoring of the child’s hearing and adjustment of hearing aids, and provision of amplification equipment as needed.
Day School: provides a safe and appropriate early childhood environment in a 3 STAR state approved facility. Our day school operates year round serving children ages birth through seven.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Cash flow continues to be an issue due to several factors, the most impactful being the timeliness of insurance and Medicaid reimbursements. Also, living in an older building brings new challenges of regular maintenance and overhaul of systems.
In late 2015, we outsourced our CFO function to a local accounting firm.
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