Language Center at Nave
The Center provides comprehensive language and eating therapies to increase communication and social skills and improve eating and nutrition.
We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our clients and their families using a comprehensive approach to language and feeding therapy. Our intervention is up to date, researched based, and collaborative between Speech-Language Pathologists, students, families, the community, and other professionals.
The East Tennessee State University Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at the Nave Center underwent extensive renovations this year, expanding services offered at the interdisciplinary, interprofessional clinic located in Elizabethton.
This facility has served as an academic space for ETSU since 1976 and has transformed over the years into an interdisciplinary clinic with multiple areas of practice that serves community health care needs and educates ETSU students who are pursuing a variety of careers in the rehabilitative and diagnostic health sciences.
During the summer, former classrooms and lab spaces were transformed into additional SLP examination and observation suites so that ETSU’s SLP clinics could move from ETSU’s main campus to the Nave Center.
The ETSU College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences (CCRHS) celebrated the completion of the work and the grand reopening of the facility this fall.
The audiology services offered at the Nave Center include comprehensive hearing evaluations for all ages (newborns to geriatric patients); electrophysiologic testing, such as Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR); central auditory processing evaluations for school-aged children; hearing aid fittings and repairs; cochlear implant candidacy and mapping; hearing conservation and prevention; tinnitus assessment and management; and audiologic rehabilitation for all ages.
The center also offers comprehensive SLP services for pediatric and adult SLP diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic intervention services for individuals with communication and swallowing issues.
Other specialty programs at the Nave Center include the Positive Eating Program, designed for children with behavioral and sensory-based feeding challenges; the Social Communication Skills program, offering evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder; Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing; and aural rehabilitation services.
To learn more about the services offered at the ETSU Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our video about the recent renovations of the NAVE Center!
The Language Center is a program for children with Autism spectrum disorder and related communication and social pragmatic disorders. The program is available for preschoolers through elementary school. The services include comprehensive assessment and intervention for receptive, expressive and pragmatic communication challenges. Children typically receive intervention twice weekly during the fall and spring semester. During the summer semester, group programs are provided that focus on building communication and socials skills in peer interactions. The treatment methodology of Enhanced Milieu Teaching in conjunction with visual strategies is used to facilitate communication development.
The Positive Eating Program (PEP) is designed for children with behavioral and sensory based feeding challenges including children with and without specific medical diagnosis. The goals of the program are to increase food awareness, decrease anxiety to new food textures and types, provide consistent and appropriate mealtime behaviors and for comprehensive parent training and collaboration to facilitate generalization of new feeding behaviors across context. Additionally, participation in cultivating a vegetable garden exposes children to different sensory experiences and foods. The program is appropriate for infants to elementary school and meets one day per week for 2 hour sessions. A program for older children is being developed.
The Summer Language Institute is a "day camp program" for children with a variety of academic, language or social needs. The program is available for 6 weeks; meeting four days per week from 9:00-2:00. Each week a new theme is explored with individual participants goals addressed during art, music, play, book reading and experimental activities (science and math). A variety of community based activities are provided that facilitate learning of goals in new ways. Weeks are available for children 3 to 8 years and 8 to 12 years.
Parent Training Programs
Parent training programs provide parents and caregivers information on and training in building speech and language skills through their daily routines and are offered several times each year.
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