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Northeast Chosen to Present 5 Books – 5 Strategies at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) National Convention in Philadelphia!

Portland, ME – Laurie Mack, Northeast’s Executive Director, and Tara Jacquet, Clinical Team Leader, were chosen to present their program, 5 Books – 5 Strategies: An Innovative Approach to Phonological Awareness Training for Early Childhood Educators, at ASHA’s upcoming National Convention in Philadelphia on November 18, 2016.  Out of hundreds of submissions for this prestigious opportunity, Mack and Jacquet were selected based on the compelling topic of their proposal and the innovative approach of their program.

Mack and Jacquet will present 5 Books – 5 Strategies to speech-language pathologists (SLPs) from all over the United States attending the industry’s national gathering. Their program will provide attendees with the tools to teach early childhood educators about phonological awareness (PA) and oral vocabulary using a set of 5 common children’s books. SLPs will learn how to structure training sessions targeting specific PA and oral vocabulary strategies using demonstration, group practice, and video coaching/feedback.  

“It is so exciting to be selected to share this information with a national audience,” stated Mack.  “We are hopeful that speech-language pathologists will leave our training with the ability and desire to share this information with early childhood educators across the U.S. to help our preschoolers to be more ready for learning to read when they enter kindergarten.”  

Support for the development of 5 Books – 5 Strategies was provided from The Davis Family Foundation, the Francis Hollis Brain Foundation, and the Welch Charitable Fund.  

Laurie L. Mack, M.A., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Executive Director

Tara Jacquet, M.S., CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Clinical Team Leader

Northeast Announces Special Screening of THE REEL SNOW WHITE

Portland, ME – Northeast Hearing & Speech (NHS) will present a special screening of The Reel Snow White followed by a panel discussion and reception on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Portland Museum of Art. The panel discussion will include filmmaker Carlos Cuellar, script writer John Lepiarz, 6 performers and staff.

Jackie Reifer, a Northeast speech-language pathologist, runs a weekly communication group at Community Partners, Inc., to improve nonverbal and verbal social language understanding.  In addition to the group’s other activities during 2015, eight adults with developmental differences and four staff members began working on an experimental film.  The 40-year old script, The Reel Snow White, was written by John Lepiarz, a circus artist with Children’s Educational Theater, Super Scientific Circus, and featured performed on ABC and HBO circus specials.  Project Director, Reifer, and filmmaker Carlos Cuellar gave the group an artistic performance opportunity not otherwise possible. By adapting the work of script writer Lepiarz, the actors made use of clowning, with its rhythm, repetition, and rhyme.

Individuals with disabilities have often been excluded from the artistic experience and from being in film.  The film featured these adults with developmental disabilities as actors and celebrated them, not as people with disabilities, but as creative individuals with much to contribute to the creative economy.  The Reel Snow White, has no prince to save the day, but shares the premise that you can be whatever you want to be.

The event is FREE to the public but RSVP is required by calling Northeast at 207/874-1065 or emailing JReifer@nehearingandspeech.org

This project was made possible by the Maine Arts Commission, Warren Memorial Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The George Ramlose Foundation.

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-7-27-07-amJackie Reifer, MEd., CCC-SLP, is a professional comedienne, actress and mime who toured with Tony Montanaro.  She is also a speech-language pathologist, who incorporates theater and mime to help adults with developmental differences communicate more effectively.

Northeast to Present Patch Adams, "Living a Life of Joy," in a Benefit Event; NHS to Also Present Robin Williams in the 1998 Film PATCH ADAMS as a Ramp-up to the Fundraising Event!

Portland, ME – Northeast Hearing & Speech (NHS) will bring internationally known physician Patch Adams to USM’s Hannaford Hall on Friday, September 30th at 6:30p.m. to present Living A Life of Joy. Patch will talk about being happy, exploring the audacious idea of never having a bad day, and the incredible thrill of choosing to live every day with joy.
patch-adamsAdams has visited more than 80 countries in his career. The physician believes joy and laughter are an important part of healing.  In 1971 Patch founded the Gesundheit Institute, a non-profit healthcare organization, a model of holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society, and the world. “You may have heard of me through the film about my life in medical school, PATCH ADAMS, and I can confirm that I am actually a real person,” stated Adams. “I am a Doctor, but above all else I consider myself an activist for peace, justice and care for all people.”

Tickets for Living a Life of Joy may be purchased for $40 each. Event/Reception/Book Signing tickets may also be purchased for $75 per person and include a chance to mingle with Patch in a more intimate setting, with complimentary food, beverages and photos.  Tickets are available online at http://www.nehearingandspeech.org/events, by phone at 207/874-1065, and in person at Northeast’s office at 75 West Commercial Street in Portland.

PLUS… As a ramp-up to the September 30th event, Northeast will present the 1998 film PATCH ADAMS on September 8th at 7p.m. at the Nickelodeon Cinema in Portland! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the late Robin Williams in one of his most highly-acclaimed movie performances! Tickets are $10 and are available at Nickelodeon Cinema and online at http://patriotcinemas.com

The two events will benefit the children’s programming of Northeast Hearing & Speech.  “Most insurance companies do not cover the costs of hearing and speech services for children,” stated Laurie Mack, NHS Executive Director. “Fundraising events are necessary to ensure that all children in our communities have access to critical early intervention services to address speech, language, and hearing concerns so they’ll be ready for kindergarten and beyond.”

Northeast Hearing & Speech Announces Selection as Beneficiary of Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

Hannaford Team from left to right: Tim Perry – Store Manager, Lauren Bryant – Assistant Store Manager Trainee, and Adam Bowen – Assistant Store Manager

Portland, ME – Northeast Hearing & Speech, a nonprofit committed to Helping People to Hear, Speak & Communicate, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of August.

This exciting program has been designed to create revenue streams for deserving local nonprofits like Northeast. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag purchased at the 295 Forest Avenue, Portland Hannaford location, Northeast will receive a $1 donation to help fulfill its mission of Helping People to Hear, Speak & Communicate. The bags retail for $2.29.

“We are very honored to have been recognized by Hannaford’s managers for our commitment to children and the elderly in our communities,” said Northeast’s Executive Director, Laurie Mack. Northeast has a goal of raising $500 during August as a beneficiary of the program, which is equivalent to 500 bags purchased in support of the cause. Northeast plans to use projected funds to support its children’s charitable clinical programming, in order to further carry out its mission.

Northeast is a health & education nonprofit based in Portland, Maine. Founded in 1924, Northeast serves over 2,000 clients each year and provides free education and professional development for an additional 400 teachers and parents. Northeast is a proud beneficiary recipient of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program.

For more information about Northeast Hearing & Speech, call (207) 874-1065 or visit the NHS website at www.nehearingandspeech.org

For more information on the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program, visit http://hannaford.bags4mycause.com or facebook.com/hhbagprogram.

Northeast Hearing & Speech Announces Selection as Beneficiary of a Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Grant

Max Bangs, Bangor Savings Bank Branch Manager at the 77 Middle Street & 180 Middle Street locations in Portland presents Northeast Executive Director, Laurie Mack, with a check for $3,000 to support the charitable children’s program.Northeast Hearing & Speech, a nonprofit committed to Helping People to Hear, Speak & Communicate, has received support from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation for a program to provide two-tester audiological exams for infants and young children.

The ability to hear is closely linked to a child’s speech and language development and pre-kindergarten skills. As a result of early intervention by audiologists, many children have overcome the effects of hearing loss on language and literacy development.

Hearing evaluations for children under 3 years and for those with developmental impairments require two testers to help facilitate a thorough and complete test outcome in the shortest and most efficient way possible. This is a critical time in which to diagnose hearing loss. According to Northeast Executive Director, Laurie Mack, “This team approach greatly improves our success rate testing young children.  But, Northeast must depend upon charitable support to bridge the gap between services that are fully covered by insurance and those, such as this, that are not.”

Northeast, Maine’s oldest and largest non-profit speech-language-hearing clinic, was founded in 1924 and serves over 2,000 clients each year. Staff also provide free education and professional development for an additional 400 teachers and parents.