The UW Speech and Hearing Clinic provides the hearing and middle ear screenings for over 1,000 children who attend Dane County Head Start (Reach Dane) each year. Additionally, the clinic performs hearing screenings for the children enrolled in early head start as part of the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative. The clinic also provides speech and language screenings for children whose teachers have identified speech or language concerns. This long-standing partnership between the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic and Dane County Head Start began over 25 years ago. The UWSHC’s screenings help identify children who need audiologic, speech-language, or medical intervention. Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate student clinicians in audiology and speech and language pathology provide these screenings under the supervision of our licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists. The UWSHC contributes an in-kind donation of services for each child who is tested.
Reach Dane is an incredible program for children in Dane County who need it the most. Reach Dane provides early childhood services for children from birth to five years of age. These Head Start and Early Head Start services offer a comprehensive support system for children and families that include education, physical and mental health services, dental services, and nutrition.