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Schiefelbusch Clinic at Topeka Scottish Rite
Article written by Dr. Jane Wegner, Director of Schiefelbusch Clinic
Greetings from the faculty, staff, students, clients, and families at the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in Lawrence. We are so appreciative of the support we have received from the Topeka Valley Scottish Rite and the Kansas Scottish Rite Foundation. We are excited about the new outreach program, named the Schiefelbusch Clinic at Topeka Scottish Rite, which began on November 14, 2012. This clinic is possible because of the generous support of the Topeka Valley Scottish Rite Members, the Kansas Scottish Rite Foundation, and the Sound Beginnings program..
The Schiefelbusch Clinic at Topeka Scottish Rite outreach will begin with an audiology clinic to be held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The purpose of the clinic is to provide follow-up diagnostic testing for babies who fail their newborn hearing screening. According to data from Sound Beginnings (the newborn hearing screening program in Kansas) 42,000 babies were born in Kansas last year. Ninety nine percent of these babies are screened for hearing loss before they turn one month of age. This is wonderful! However, 37% of those who fail the screening do not return for further testing. Given that 3 in 1000 babies are identified with some degree of permanent hearing loss, this means that there are babies who may have permanent hearing loss who are not being tested. That is where the Schiefelbusch Clinic comes in. We believe that the outreach clinic will reduce the number of children who are not being seen for follow-up testing because families can travel shorter distances, be seen sooner than in other facilities, and have the services of Dr. Angie Reeder who specializes in pediatric audiology.
We are starting with an audiology outreach clinic but anticipate the expansion of the Schiefelbusch Clinic at Topeka Scottish Rite to speech and language services. We hope to provide speech, language, and reading assessments as well as parent education programs in the future.
We are most grateful for the relationship we have with the Topeka Valley Scottish Rite and the generous donations you have made to us over the years. We look forward to further collaboration as we bring the Schiefelbusch Clinic to Topeka!
Editor's Note:
The Topeka Scottish Rite Valley would like to give a hearty "Job Well Done" to Dr. Jane Wegner and Dr. Don Mahrle for their efforts in bringing the concept and vision of the Schiefelbusch Clinic at Topeka Scottish Rite to fruition.
See the full article in the
December 2012 Bulletin!