Communication Matters

Sharon Dundee

Sharon Dundee
Director of Marketing and Communications With an extensive background in marketing, design, publication, and communication for industries as varied as non-profit, retail, international finance and real estate, Sharon Dundee came to Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center in 2014. In 2017 she was appointed Director of Marketing & Communications as part of the Strategic Plan initiative to create a new, independent Marketing Department. In this role she is responsible for developing and managing marketing strategies, a comprehensive advertising plan, public relations, and digital/social media functions. She oversees and manages the marketing budget, works with numerous outsource vendors, media reps and CHSC staff to ensure a consistent brand and message for the Center.

Recent Posts

Can You Understand Your Child's Speech?

Sharon Dundee | Posted on January 01, 2019

It’s common for most children to make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. Different sounds are mastered at different ages. Consistent, correct sound production will vary from child to child. When mistakes continue past a certain age, that’s when it's considered a speech sound disorder. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (pronouncing sounds correctly) and phonological processes (errors with sound patterns).

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Tags: talking, toddler, Voice, Language, Communication, Speech

Why Should I Read to My Toddler?

Sharon Dundee | Posted on January 01, 2019

Reading aloud is an important way to help your child make the transition from infancy into their toddler years. Between the ages of 1 and 3, your child will have triumphs and challenges. Studies show that children with an active exposure to language have social and educational advantages over their peers - and reading is one of the best ways to expose your child to language.

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Tags: toddler, Learning, literacy, reading, Language, Communication, Speech

How Hearing Loss Affects Speech-Language Development

Sharon Dundee | Posted on January 01, 2019

Children learn to talk by listening to those around them. The first few years of life are a critical time for speech and language development. Children must be able to hear speech clearly in order to learn language. Fluctuating hearing loss due to repeated ear infections might mean the child doesn't hear consistently and may be missing out on critical speech information. Permanent hearing loss will also affect speech and language development, especially if it is not detected early. The earlier hearing loss is identified and treated, the more likely the child will develop speech and language skills on par with children who aren’t experiencing hearing issues.

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Tags: toddler, talking, Voice, Learning, Hard of Hearing, Deaf, Hearing Loss, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Communication, Hearing Aid, Speech

Read Across America Day - March 2

Sharon Dundee | Posted on March 03, 2018

The National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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Tags: Learning, Wilson Reading Program, literacy, reading, Language, Communication, Speech

World Hearing Day at CHSC

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2018

World Hearing Day, formally known as International Ear Care Day, is celebrated every year on March 3rd. The World Health Organization started this day in 2007 to promote better hearing health care through themes.  The 2018 theme is “Hear the future” - drawing attention to the anticipated increase in the number of people with hearing loss around the world in the coming decades. It will focus on three strategies (Prevention, Identification, Treatment) to stem the rise and outline steps to ensure access to the necessary rehabilitation services and communication tools and products for people with hearing loss.

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Tags: Hard of Hearing, Hearing Loss, Hearing Loss Prevention, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Communication, Audiology, Hearing Aid

Reading Aloud: The Importance of a Bedtime Story

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2018
Bedtime story.jpgDid you know that reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning?
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Tags: Reading Summer Camp, Wilson Reading Program, literacy, reading, Language, Communication, Speech

February 17th Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2018

Anna Margaret “Annie” Glenn is the widow of astronaut and Senator John Glenn. She suffered from a severe stutter for most of her life. Once she received treatment, and overcame her disorder, she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and communication disorders. In 2016, Governor John Kasich passed a law naming February 17th (Annie’s birthday) as Annie Glenn Communication Disorders Awareness Day in the State of Ohio.

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Tags: Language, Communication, Speech, Stuttering

What is a Communication Disorder?

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2018

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the processes of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder may range in severity from mild to profound.

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Tags: Stuttering, Hearing Loss, Stroke, Language, Speech, Communication

American Sign Language Interpreter Workshops

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2018

The Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) at Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center (CHSC) has launched a new initiative beginning in February 2018. CCDHH will offer their first accredited American Sign Language interpreter workshop with a focus on medical interpreting. If well received and attended by the interpreting community, it is our hope that this will become an ongoing project with interpreter trainings provided more regularly. By creating these workshops, CCDHH hopes to increase professional development opportunities for interpreters in the greater Cleveland area. Currently, interpreters in our area in pursuit of continuing education credits are limited to on-line courses or they must travel a distance (even out of state) to obtain the credits to maintain their licensure and/or increase their knowledge.

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Tags: Hard of Hearing, Deaf, Communication, ASL, American Sign Language, Interpreting, ASL Interpreter

Happy Birthday Helen Newell Garfield

Sharon Dundee | Posted on January 01, 2018

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Tags: Hearing, Hearing Loss, Communication, Audiology, Deaf, Hard of Hearing