Carla Brooks, Autism Expert, to Speak Tonight


In celebration of Better Speech and Hearing Month, the Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic is hosting a FREE presentation by autism expert Carla Brooks, MA, CCC-SLP open to local speech language professionals on Thursday May 28th from 6:30-8:00pm at the Evergreen Hospital Auditorium (by the Emergency Room). Please feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested including educators and other therapists! ‪#‎BHSM‬

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Seahawk, Derrick Coleman, Visits Our Patients!!

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In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech month, we had the honor of hosting Seattle Seahawk, Derrick Coleman, at Evergreen Speech and Hearing’s Redmond clinic this week. Derrick met and signed autographs for hearing and speech patients and shared his story of triumph over profound hearing loss. Derrick also spoke about his work with the No Excuses Foundation–managed by himself and his family–which seeks to encourage those with hearing impairment to take on the world with enthusiasm and a “no excuses” attitude. It was especially touching to see Derrick’s interactions with the children at ESHC. He had a lot of wonderful things to say, but among the highlights was something his dad used to say and still rings true today:  “Don’t get ready…be ready.”

The line to see Derrick lasted about two hours and the event drew quite the crowd.

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To ease the wait, our SLPs and coordinators passed out cookies and blew bubbles into the crowd, much to the delight of our little patients.

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We also interviewed some children waiting in line. We asked them: If you could ask Derrick any question at all, what would it be? Here are the responses, along with some picture highlights from this fantastic night! ESHC is so proud and happy to have hosted Derrick Coleman at our clinic, and we thank him for his inspiring presence and awesome work in the hearing and speech world!

“What’s your favorite food?” – Bruce Sherwin.

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“Why is this line so long?” – Abhiram Yakkali

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“How does he catch the football?” – Zoe Christiansen. (Patients at ESHC for 2+ years.)

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“What’s it like being on the field?” – Easton Rutter

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“Do you like football balloons?” Riley Rutter

Derrick has fun with our patients and staff!


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Seahawk Derrick Coleman Coming to Evergreen!

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Exciting news! In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, and in an effort to inspire our patients not to let hearing loss hold them down, Seattle Seahawk and Full back, Derrick Coleman, will be meeting and greeting our patients on May 14th from 5pm – 6:30pm. The event will take place at our Redmond clinic location. Our patients are encouraged to come out and meet Derrick, snap a photo and get an autograph while they’re at it!! See you then.

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Well Wishes to a New Practice

jody and melissaIn January, 2015, Speech Pathologist Jody Vaynshtok (daughter of ESHC founders Tom and Ruth Norwood) and Audiologist Melissa Wilson will open the doors to their new clinic – Sound Speech and Hearing- in San Francisco. The clinicians and their staff will dedicate their skills to enriching the lives of people with speech and hearing needs in the Bay Area. The clinic will offer speech and language evaluations, speech therapy, aural rehabilitation, hearing evaluations and the newest hearing aids in San Francisco.sound speech and hearingEvergreen Speech and Hearing is proud to support the endeavors of this groundbreaking new practice.  For more information, visit their facebook page, and while you’re there, give them a like! Congratulations and well wishes to Jody and Melissa!


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Doing Good in Peru!

Evergreen Speech and Hearing was proud to donate hearing instruments to Kaitlin Alayo, a local Girl Scout travelling to Cusco, Peru for her Gold Award Project. While there, Kaitlin will be teaming up with audiologists at the community’s hospital, helping to fit and distribute hearing aids to citizens who would otherwise have no access to such services. We are excited to see the good that will come of Kaitlin’s trip, and she’s promised to update us with pictures and more when she comes home. Way to be awesome, Kaitlin!


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Early Intervention Changes Lives

little girlA new study in Pediatrics has shown that speech and hearing disorders are a growing cause of disability for US children. Early detection and treatment is essential in the management of speech and hearing problems in kids, with timely intervention being the most efficient solution and a necessary one, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.  Learn more here.

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July’s Special Staff Members


Congratulations to our employees celebrating work anniversaries in the month of July! Thank you for all that you do!


JodyHeadshotJuly 1: Jody N. – 15 Years



JessicaHeadshotJuly 1: Jessica N. – 1 Year


JenniferHeadshotJuly 6: Jennifer Dierenfeld – 7 Years


LindseyHeadshotJuly 11: Lindsey M. – 3 Years


CherylHeadshotJuly 15: Cheryl L. – 17 Years

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Summer Fun Speech Sessions are coming up soon!

Our Summer Fun Speech Sessions are fast approaching! Two fun-filled weeks of games, costumes and crafts are planned, bringing the excitement of summer camp indoors to our speech kids!

Kirkland: August 11th – August 16th
Redmond: August 18th – August 23nd

Check back shortly for each day’s exciting themes!Summer Logo1

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Hopelink’s School Supply Drive – Donate at ESHC!

From now until early August, ESHC is participating in Hopelink’s Kids Need School Supplies annual campaign. The purpose of the supply drive is to provide assistance to children who need essential school supplies. With your help, we can fill as many backpacks as possible! To participate, bring an item on the list below to any of our clinics, or call for more information!

Bellevue: 425-454-1883     Redmond: 425-882-4347     Kirkland: 425-899-5050

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ESHC Around the World

  for article 4ESHC’s Speech Program Director, Maryam Sadrzadeh, and a team of speech language pathology students from the University of Washington recently took a trip to Guatemala where they volunteered their time and expertise helping patients with varying degrees of communication and swallowing disorders. The group evaluated patients requiring various levels of therapy, from those with autism and Down syndrome to mild articulation disorders.


The experience was a boost of confidence for the SLPs, as they conducted their evaluations without any assistive tools, using raw knowledge alone in an area where the need for therapy was for article 3great. For example, the team had to jump into action when they learned that fifty children with autism from a specialized school were being sent their way for assessment.  


Maryam’s time in Guatemala taught her a lot, but one important point really hit home: When it came to best improving function, the key to successful treatment was the therapist’s ability to build a collaborative relationship with families and other co-treating medical professionals.  There was a good deal of time spent teaching families how to continue supporting the patient’s communication needs at home.


for article 2The experience was enlightening and motivating for Maryam, and we’re excited to see her bring that renewed perspective back to the patients and staff at ESHC!

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