Executive Director’s Message to the Community

It is an exciting time in the life of our organization, as the opening of The Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior, and Development has been a milestone for our center and for the community. This center is a testament to the exceptional generosity of the Baton Rouge community, to those who have worked so hard to make this center a community asset over the course of our history, and to the promise of our work for the future.

For over 50 years, as Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, we served this community providing therapy and services to children and adults with communication challenges. Founded by a group of visionary women from the Junior League and Quota International, BRSHF filled a distinct void in services for children who were deaf and hard of hearing.

Staying true to our roots but always addressing ever-changing community needs, The Emerge Center is a beacon of hope for children, adults, and families facing communication, behavior, and developmental challenges. Our staff consists of Licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Psychologists, Audiologists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

With The Emerge Center, we have now opened the door to many more families in this state, providing them with comprehensive therapies and services under one roof. We now have the opportunity to launch research projects, and to build collaborations with community partners. We strive to employ the highest credentialed staff, assuring the quality of services for which we have been known. We have a strong donor base to support our efforts for those families who don’t have the financial means to access our quality services.

It is our mission to empower children and adults to reach their greatest potential and to effectively communicate and interact. We strive to be a community resource, accessible to all who need us.

We are here to serve you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Thanks for visiting the site and learning more about our center.

Melissa Juneau, Executive Director