Shelby Rutledge, M.A., CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVI

Shelby Rutledge, M.A., CCC/SLP, LSLS Cert. AVI

Shelby Rutledge, LSHC Speech Program Director, attended Eastern Kentucky University where she received a Master of Arts degree in Communication Disorders. She has over 35 years of experience as a pediatric Speech/Language Pathologist and has worked in school and clinical settings. Mrs. Rutledge has over 30 years of experience working with children with hearing loss at HSC. She is a Listening Spoken Language Specialist – Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, which is a specialization obtained through the Alexander Graham Bell Association. Mrs. Rutledge provides Listening & Spoken Language (auditory-verbal) therapy to children and their families. She is also a First Steps (KY’s Early Intervention System) provider and enjoys working with the 0-3 population

Speech & Language Pathology Services

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The Hearing & Speech Center (HSC) provides speech-language pathology services to infants, preschool and school-aged children. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide diagnostic assessments, family education and treatment for children with language and speech disorders due to a variety of causes.

All of the SLPs at HSC have master’s degrees in speech-language pathology, a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a license from the Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology for the State of Kentucky. In addition, one HSC SLP holds a specialized certification as a certified Listening & Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). Only 4 individuals in the state of Kentucky hold this specialized certification.

Speech and language services include:

  • Speech and language evaluations
  • Speech and language screenings for local daycare providers
  • Individual speech and language therapy
  • Listening and spoken language therapy
  • Early intervention services

If you would like to schedule a speech/language evaluation, please call us at 859-268-4545.

(Due to high demand for speech services, the Speech-Language Pathology Clinic may at any time initiate a waiting list for therapy services.)

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Listening & Spoken Language / Auditory-Verbal Therapy

The Hearing & Speech Center (HSC) offers specialized auditory-verbal therapy for families with infants and children with hearing loss. There is 1 speech-language pathologist at HSC who holds a certification as a listening and spoken language therapist.

When we use the term auditory-verbal or listening and spoken language communication approach, we are describing an approach to teaching children with hearing loss that focuses on developing speech, listening, and spoken language skills. Listening and spoken language approach requires a commitment on the part of the parents and families to work with professionals to stimulate their child’s spoken language development throughout their child’s day.

Specific Goals:

  • Ensuring early identification and intervention
  • Maximizing residual hearing by using amplification technology (hearing aids or cochlear implants), consistently and as early as possible after diagnosis
  • Participating in ongoing speech-language therapy or instruction to improve intelligibility
  • Developing listening skills
  • Teaching parents to provide children with optimal speech/language stimulation
  • Empowering children to self-monitor their speech/language skills
  • Mainstreaming children with hearing loss into the regular classroom as early as possible

Now Providing Tele-Intervention!

Click here to learn more about Tele-Intervention Listening and Spoken Language Therapy.

Developmental Milestones

Read about the conventional milestones for speech and hearing and children below:

Birth to 3 Months
  • Coos and gurgles
  • Startled by loud sounds
  • Makes eye contact briefly
4 to 6 Months
  • Babbling begins
  • Smiles in response to speech
  • Looks in response to name
7 to 9 Months
  • Uses wide variety of sound combinations
  • Understands “no”, “bye-bye”, etc.
  • Shouts to attract attention
10 to 12 Months
  • Uses consonants and vowels in vocal play
  • Closes mouth without drooling
  • May acquire first true word
  • Will give block, toy, or object on request
18 Months
  • Uses all vowels and consonants in jargon
  • Basically unintelligible with exception of a few words
  • Uses 3 to 20 words
  • Follows simple one-step commands
  • Says “all gone” and asks for “more”
2 Years of Age
  • Approximately 65% intelligible
  • Uses approximately 50 recognizable words
  • Comprehends approximately 300 words
  • Uses two word phrases
  • Refers to self by name
3 Years of Age
  • Approximately 80% intelligible
  • Uses 500 intelligible words
  • Comprehends approximately 900 words
  • Can ask simple questions
  • Listens to a 20 minute story
4 Years of Age
  • Becoming very intelligible in connected speech
  • Uses 1000 to 1500 words
  • Comprehends 1500 to 2000 words
  • Carries on long, detailed conversations
  • Combines 4 to 5 words in a sentence
5 Years of Age
  • Most consonant sounds used consistently and accurately
  • Combines 5 to 8 words in sentences
  • Classifies according to form, color or use
  • Tells long story accurately
  • Counts 10 objects

To learn more or to make an appointment for your child, contact The Hearing & Speech Center by phone at (859) 268-4545, or by e-mail here.

Language Enriched Programming

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The Hearing & Speech Center’s “Chatter Box” program is a language-enriched play group designed to give children the opportunity to use their emerging speech-language communication skills with their peers and prepare for preschool.

Targeted Participants: Children ages 22 months–3 years (priority given to children with identified or potential speech-language delays)

Sessions are centered on a theme-based activity and vocabulary, which build:

  • Social Awareness
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • Cognitive Development
  • Sensory Motor Skills
  • Creative Development
  • Music and Movement
  • Play Skills

Activities include:

  • Welcome circle and center time
  • Songs and finger-plays to support language development
  • Theme-based stories targeting vocabulary growth
  • Activities targeting letter knowledge, rhyming, and other early literacy skills
  • Activities to support turn-taking and group participation

For more information, please contact Laura Thomas at or 859-268-4545.

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Language Stimulation Summer Camps

The Hearing & Speech Center "Language Stimulation Camps" are a collaborative program led by preschool teachers with certifications in deaf/hard of hearing and early childhood education that are licensed and certified through the state of Kentucky and HSC and speech pathologists. Camps are for children ages 3-7 currently receiving speech/language services.

For more information, please contact Laura Thomas at or 859-268-4545.

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