The Center’s story show a history of over 55 years, serving the Central Florida community.

Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center


The Beginning

We began in 1960, through the efforts of the Junior Woman’s Club, in a donated, small, two-room frame house. During the first year, the unpaid staff served 60 children.

Building and Growing

In 1967, the Center built a 2,500 square foot building on East Bella Vista Street. We began our partnership with United Way of Central Florida, allowing us to provide services to patients who otherwise could not afford them.

Jeanette Chiles Ruthven

In 1985, we added the Jeanette Chiles Ruthven Memorial Therapy Wing to provide additional space for speech and language services and a pre-school classroom.

A.C.E Charter School

In 2000, through a gift from Reva P. McClurg, we purchased and refurbished the building next door. This new space provided the A.C.E. Charter School classroom and expanded hearing conservation services.

Lakeland Highlands

After five decades, the Center moved its clinical services into a state-of-the-art facility in the Highlands Plaza on Lakeland Highlands Road.

A Generous Community

Throughout our history, we have been fortunate to have had the continued support of our community through the generosity of Publix, Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland, and all the local Sertoma, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.