Julie Jones, a speech-language pathologist at the Bacon Academy in Colchester, Conn., won the 2013 Colchester Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award. The statewide award program "celebrates excellence in teaching by recognizing teachers who have inspired a love for learning in their students, and who have distinguished themselves in the profession."
In the News
James A. Henry, an audiologist and auditory rehabilitation specialist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland, Ore., was quoted in a New York Times story (Dec. 3, 2012) about living with tinnitus. Henry stressed the need to teach veterans skills to help them manage the incurable condition ... Trisha Palmer, an SLP for Berkeley County Schools in Martinsburg, W.Va., was featured in a Cumberland Times-News story (Nov. 24, 2012) about increasing nonverbal children's attention, interest and motivation with iPads ... Scott Schwartz, an SLP at Foothill Elementary School in Boulder, Colo., was quoted in a Daily Camera story (Nov. 24, 2012) about the use of amplification systems to improve students' attention and behavior ... Bridget Seals, an SLP for Jefferson Parish (La.) public schools, was the subject of a story in The Times-Picayune (Dec. 4, 2012) about a program she created for students with special needs. Students who have trouble vocalizing take turns announcing weather and current events to the class, tapping into what Seals calls "the magic of the microphone" ... Sheela Stuart, an SLP and chairman of the hearing and speech department at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., was featured in a Washington Post story (Nov. 19, 2012) about using therapy dogs to help nonverbal children communicate.
On the Move
Ellen Meyer Gregg, a professor in the audiology and speech-language sciences program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, has been named acting dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences. She served most recently as director of the School of Human Sciences ... Celia Hooper, an SLP and professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been named permanent dean of UNCG's School of Health and Human Sciences, a school she helped establish and has led since its creation in 2011. Hooper led the former School of Health and Human Performance from 2007 to 2011, and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders from 2003 to 2007. A professor, Hooper continues to teach undergraduate and graduate students.
Marge Blanc, an SLP in Wisconsin, published "Natural Language Acquisition on the Autism Spectrum: The Journey from Echolalia to Self-Generated Language," a book for parents, educators and SLPs about research on gestalt language processing ... Candis Fancher, an SLP at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn., published "Climbing the Mountain: Stories of Hope and Healing After Stroke and Brain Injury." Fancher leads a community support group for Fairview Southdale Hospital called "Stroke Thrivers" ... Abby Jacobson, an SLP in Lakeland, Fla., published "Tears in Arizona," a novel that revolves around an elderly couple's hospital stay and that portrays their interactions with the hospital's SLP ... Betsy Schreiber and Gail Weissman, SLPs and clinical supervisors at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, developed and published an AAC/speech therapy app for iPads called "CommunicAide." The app offers a large selection of real photographs and human voices.
Regina Cicci, 74, of pulmonary disease, on Oct. 31, 2012, in Randallstown, Md. Cicci earned a bachelor's degree from Kent State University in 1960, a master's from Northwestern University in 1961, and a PhD from Northwestern University in 1978. Cicci became an ASHA member in 1963 and a life member in 2006. She served on the ASHA Legislative Council from 1969 to 1972, and held various leadership positions during her tenure, including speaker of the council and chair of several council committees. She was an affiliate of Special Interest Groups 1, Language Learning and Education; 10, Issues in Higher Education; and 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations. She had a 40-year career at the University of Maryland Medical Center, most recently serving as director of language and learning disorders. She is survived by her brother, Raymond; two nephews, John and Michael; and two great-nephews.
Betty Hart, 85, of lung cancer, on Sept. 28, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz. Hart—one of the first researchers to debunk the notion that low socioeconomics equals low language ability—earned her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949. She worked as an editor and translator for several years, becoming fluent in multiple languages, including French, German and Russian. In the early 1960s, Hart earned her teaching certificate and taught in Sidney Bijou's Washington University laboratory. There, she forged ties with behavioral psychologists who were developing intervention techniques for children and adults with disabilities. Richard Schiefelbusch (of the Bureau of Child Research) soon recruited her to join a newly established program in behavior analysis and developmental psychology at the University of Kansas. Among the first graduates of the program, Hart earned a master's degree in human development and a doctorate in developmental and child psychology, and became associate research professor and scientist at the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies.
In collaboration with her mentor and colleague Todd Risley, Hart conducted her earliest research in an inner-city school through the Juniper Gardens Children's Project. Decades before others understood the importance of teaching language in natural contexts, Hart developed "incidental teaching" procedures that emphasized following the child's lead, and used graduated prompts to elaborate on a child's communication. Her work demonstrated that impoverished, minority children were not lacking in language ability, contrary to the prevailing deficit model. Hart and Risley published a series of seminal studies in the 1970s and early '80s, and in 1982 began their landmark study of children's earliest experiences with language, published in Developmental Psychology in 1992. They further chronicled their findings in the books "Meaningful Differences in in the Everyday Lives of American Children" and "The Social World of Children Learning to Talk." In August 2012, Hart joined friends and colleagues at the Intermountain Centers for Human Development in Tucson, where she had been a board member since 1973. There she continued her research and writing until her death. Hart is predeceased by her parents and three siblings.
William F. House, 89, on Dec. 7, 2012, in Aurora, Ore. House, who pioneered the cochlear implant, has been called the father of neurotology for his innovative treatments of deafness, acoustic tumors and tumors arising from the base of the skull. House obtained his bachelor's and doctorate of dental surgery from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Board-certified in otolaryngology, he is noted by the American Academy of Otolaryngology to have developed more new concepts in otology than almost any other single person in history. He received many awards, including the Physician of the Year in 1985 from the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped.
After dental school and service in the U.S. Navy, House earned his medical degree and joined the otology practice of his brother, Howard House, who had founded the Los Angeles Foundation of Otology. This nonprofit research institution later became known as the House Ear Institute and is now the House Research Institute. House used the resources of the institute to research a variety of inner-ear problems and later became its president. He is widely credited with introducing the use of the operating microscope to neurosurgery, performing a large number of microsurgical ear operations, and using the microscope to remove tumors on the hearing nerve. He developed surgical treatments for chronically infected ears; cholesteatoma removal, the first surgical treatment for the debilitating vertigo of Menière's disease—a procedure that allowed astronaut Alan Shepard to fly to the moon—and for removal of tumors on the auditory nerve, including an approach that preserves hearing.
His greatest achievement was development of the cochlear implant and associated pioneering surgeries. Extremely controversial when he started his clinical research—first with adults and later with children—he persisted in his attempt to provide hearing to his patients with severe hearing loss and gained the Federal Drug Administration's pre-market approval for the 3M/House Cochlear Implant as the first medical device to restore a human sense. He continued to work to make a low-cost, simple cochlear implant available, especially for developing countries.
House is survived by his daughter Karen and son David, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
James E. (Jim) McLean, 86, on Dec. 10, 2012, in Chapel Hill, N.C. McLean earned an undergraduate degree from Indiana University and graduate degree from the University of Kansas in speech-language pathology. After obtaining his doctorate, McLean embarked on a teaching and research career at KU's Bureau of Child Research, where he produced breakthroughs in the way speech-language pathologists provided evidence-based services for children with developmental disabilities. Much of this work was done in partnership with his wife, Lee, at the Bureau of Child Research at the Parsons (Kansas) State Hospital and Training Center for people with developmental disabilities. The author of many books, chapters and research articles related to people with significant disabilities, McLean was an ASHA Fellow and a recipient of ASHA Honors. He chaired ASHA's Committee on Definitions of Public School Speech and Hearing Services, and served as an editorial consultant to the Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders (now the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research) and the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. He was the ASHA representative to and chaired the National Joint Committee on Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Handicaps, which presented him with the 2012 McLean-Yoder Award for Exemplary Practice in Severe Disabilities. McLean is survived by his wife, Lee Kelsey McLean; his sons, Jim and Tom; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.