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The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language’s Beth O’Brien Receives Top Community Outreach Award

Denver, CO-- April 1, 2010— The Center for Hearing, Speech and Language (CHSL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with offices located in Denver and Colorado Springs, is proud to announce that Beth O'Brien, M.A., CCC-A, F-AAA, Director of Children's & Adolescent’s Clinical Services, was awarded the 2010 Top Outreach Award for consistent outreach to the community at Scientific Learning’s 2010 Visionary Conference held in San Diego, California on March 18-20, 2010.  This is the second year Ms. O’Brien has received this award and is one of three national awards given annually.

Beth O'Brien joined CHSL in 2003. She heads up a team of speech pathologists, educators, early childhood specialists and paraprofessionals. Ms. O’Brien works tirelessly on CHSL programs designed to help people of all ages who have difficulty with speech and literacy. She loves helping kids work through speech and hearing difficulties to optimize academic success.

CHSL services include:

  • KidScreen: hearing, speech, vision and developmental screenings to promote early identification of communication, reading or learning problems. Over 5,000 children a year are screened by KidScreen in Denver and Colorado Springs.
  • Fast ForWord: A language and auditory skill building strategy that helps dramatically increase reading levels in only 6-8 weeks.
  • R.I.S.E.: Read, Imagine, Share & Explore Literacy and Learning for Preschoolers: a language and literacy program that supplements preschool curriculum through books, music, art and movement.
  • Log-In-To-Language Lab (L3): L3 is a literacy and learning lab for children and adolescents with labs offered after-school and during vacations, and for adults during the daytime hours, using technology made possible from an IBM and Teaming for Technology, Colorado grant.
  • Interactive Metronome: assesses improves the internal timing of the body’s brain clock resulting in improved processing  neurological processes of motor planning, planning, organizing and processing  
  • Brain Fitness and Cortex Insight Programs: programs to engage the brain’s neuroplasticity to target the root causes of changes in brain function that occur with age, rather than teaching how to compensate for those changes or drilling memory. This approach enables our programs to make widespread, “generalized” improvements in brain function.

Scientific Learning holds this annual conference every year to assure that scientific, state-of-the-art information on improving learning is available to families through speech-language clinics and other providers.