Huron Regional Medical Center

Spring 2017

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HURON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 172 4TH STREET SE HURON, SD 57350 This publication in no way seeks to serve as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. Huron Regional Medical Center complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. For more information, see link on our home page at ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-800-529-0115. (TTY: 1-800-642-6410). ACHTUNG: Wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen, stehen Ihnen kostenlos sprachliche Hilfsdienstleistungen zur Verfügung. Rufnummer: 1-800-529-0115. (TTY: 1-800-642-6410). HRMC Calendar of Upcoming Events One out of five children develops speech and language skills later than normal, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. ✱ For the most up-to-date listings, check out HRMC's online calendar at MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUPS/MEETINGS Cancer Support Group Aroma meeting room, meets weekly on Tuesday mornings at 8 a.m. Cancer patients, survivors, family members and caregivers welcome. (605) 352-8596 Heart Smart Cardiac – Better Breathers Pulmonary Support Group HRMC Legacy Plaza Auditorium, meets the third Wednesday of every month at noon. (605) 353-6531 Hospice Volunteer Meeting HRMC Legacy Plaza Classroom 108, meets the last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. (605) 353-6520 Look Good … Feel Better ® HRMC Legacy Plaza Boardroom, second Monday of every other month from 1 to 3 p.m. (605) 353-6573 Overeaters Anonymous HRMC Legacy Plaza Classroom 107, meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. (605) 352-5958 HRMC Prenatal Education Classes Legacy Plaza Auditorium, meets on Tuesdays of every other month at 7:30 p.m. (605) 353-6251 Parkinson's Support Group HRMC Legacy Plaza Auditorium, meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. (605) 352-8421 Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Support Group HRMC Dakota Room, meets the third Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. (605) 353-6531 HRMC Foundation Humanitarian Golf Tournament See page 6 for details. Calendar information was correct at time of printing and is subject to change. Persons or groups interested in having a health-related event listed on this calendar should call (605) 353-6573 or email (Not) Using Their Words? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOUR CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT OF TYPICAL VERBAL COMMUNICATION STALLS? DURING THE FIRST year of life, your child seemed to be mostly on track with speech and language milestones – responding to sounds and name, and having no trouble with waving and pointing. Now, however, at 18 months old, your child seems to prefer to communicate by pointing and gesturing instead of using sound. Should you be worried? Giving Voice to Toddlerhood Babbling is normal behavior for babies, who typically say their first word by age 1. At age 2, toddlers are usually learning about one new word each week and can say short phrases, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Not all children develop speech and language skills along the same timeline, which can make it difficult to tell if a slower pace is truly cause for concern. According to The Nemours Foundation, your toddler may have a speech or language delay if, by age 2, he or she shows these signs: • seems to be stuck using the same words or sounds • imitates speech instead of initiating it • can't follow simple instructions • is difficult to understand, even for parents A variety of factors can cause or contribute to these problems, including hearing issues, dysfunction related to how the brain and mouth work together to produce speech, and developmental delay. "Parents who suspect their child has a speech or language delay, should talk with the child's healthcare provider," says Kris Gohn, speech-language pathologist at Huron Regional Medical Center. "The South Dakota Birth to Three Early Intervention Program and local school systems work closely with local physicians to provide speech and language services to children with developmental delays. When a child's communication and swallowing impairments are medically based, HRMC's speech language pathology department can add support services for these programs." ■ For information about speech language services provided through the South Dakota Department of Education and Birth to Three, visit For information about HRMC's speech therapy services, call (605) 353-6201.

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