About the Nashville Chalk Fest Beneficiary


This will be the fourth annual Nashville Chalk Fest event benefiting the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences. All net proceeds will benefit most significantly the Preschool for Children with Autism and the Mama Lere Hearing School as well as other hearing and speech programs.

Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offer a variety of audiology and speech services to patients.

  • Audiology Clinic
  • Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation
  • Speech-Language Pathology Clinic

Audiology clinic services include hearing evaluations for individuals of all ages, hearing aid selection, fitting and management, pre- and post-surgical management for cochlear implant patients, balance function testing and rehabilitation, tinnitus treatment, and hearing assistive technology selections for persons with hearing loss.
The Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation clinic’s focus is on comprehensive rehabilitation for stroke, traumatic brain injury, and acquired neurological disorders.

The speech clinic provides speech and language assessment and intervention services for children with speech and language delays and disorders, stuttering, articulation and motor speech problems, augmentative and alternative communication needs, autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities, feeding and swallowing disorders, resonance and articulation problems from cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies, and occupational therapy needs.

The Preschool for Children with Autism opened in August 2014 and is an intensive communication intervention program for children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. A multi-disciplinary team work to provide comprehensive services in communication, behavior, pragmatics, and sensory-based and fine-motor needs. The school currently has 9 students enrolled between the ages of 18 months to 5 years old.

The Mama Lere Hearing School is an auditory aural preschool for children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants or digital hearing aids to learn to listen, sing, read, and talk. The goal of the school is to have all children talking, understanding, and reading at peer level by the time they reach first grade and are ready to be mainstreamed with their normal-hearing peers. The school has an average enrollment of 35 students between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old.

The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences has provided hearing and speech services to patients of all ages and their families for over 60 years, offering every patient compassionate, personalized care.