American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Misericordia University

Dallas, Pennsylvania

2010

The faculty, staff, and students in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month 2010 in a variety of ways.

We held an open house and invited many of our off-campus clinical supervisors from local schools, intermediate units, and hospitals as well as other health care professionals to tour our newly renovated speech-language and hearing center. In addition, we held an open house for high school guidance counselors. During these gatherings our students provided tours while our faculty and staff discussed our five year master's degree program and the types of speech and language services we provide to the community.

Later in May, Misericordia University graduate students, under the direct guidance of their clinical supervisors, conducted preschool speech and language screenings at a nearby preschool. Approximately 40 children were screened and of those tested; approximately 10 were referred for further evaluation. Graduate students also assisted in administering hearing screenings to 90 children at a local school for children with autism and related disorders. In this setting our students gained experience conducting Otoacoustic Emissions Testing (OAE ) as many of the children did not respond well to the standard audiometric hearing screening.

To end the month-long celebration clinical supervisors visited local libraries and educated caregivers of young toddles on normal speech and language development. Additionally, we spent time answering parents' questions and concerns regarding their children's communication skills. Resource materials were provided to supplement education.

Submitted by:
Lori Cimino, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Director and NSSLHA Co-Advisor 

2009 Misericordia University

The clinical staff and students in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA were active in their efforts to celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month 2009.

Early in May, Misericordia University graduate students, under the direct guidance of their clinical supervisors, conducted hearing screenings at a local school for children with Autism and related disorders. Graduate students also conducted preschool speech and language screenings at the Adventures and Learning Preschool located on the campus of Misericordia University. Approximately 15 children were screened and of those tested, 3 were referred for further evaluation.

In addition, the Speech-Language Pathology Department held its annual coloring contest for children in the preschool, those who attend the Speech-Language and Hearing Center, and for the children of Misericordia University employees. Three first place prizes were awarded to children between the ages of 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10, as well as several honorable mentions. All winners received gift certificates to a local toy store.

To end the month long celebration Clinical Director, Lori Cimino, visited two local libraries and spoke to parents participating in a "Books and Babies" program. Parents were educated on normal speech and language development and their questions and concerns regarding their children's communication skills were addressed. Resource materials were also provided to supplement education.

Submitted by:
Lori Cimino, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Director and NSSLHA Co-Advisor

2008

Misericordia University The faculty, staff, and students of the newly accredited Speech-Language Pathology program at Misericordia University in Dallas, PA went all out in May 2008 to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

Early in May, undergraduate and graduate students, under the direct guidance of a licensed Audiologist and faculty member and their Clinical Director, participated in the first annual Senior Expo at a local Nursing home. Students administered hearing screenings and presented information on Communication and the Aging to senior citizens. Undergraduate students were paired with graduate students who were familiar with administering hearing screenings to conduct the examinations. Through this experience, students gained valuable experience while performing a wonderful service for the community. A total of 41 individuals were screened. Of those individuals who had their hearing tested, 23 were advised to consult with an audiologist for more comprehensive testing.

Later in May, graduate students conducted preschool speech and language screenings at Adventures and Learning Preschool located on Misericordia University's campus. Approximately 20 children were screened, and of those tested, 7 were referred for further evaluation. Immediately following the screenings, parents were notified of the results and the children were scheduled for more thorough evaluations in Misericordia University's Speech-Language and Hearing Center.

In addition, the Speech-Language Pathology Department held a coloring contest for children in the preschool, those who attend the Speech, Language and Hearing Center, and for the children of Misericordia University employees. Three first place prizes and several honorable mentions were awarded to children in the age groups of 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10. First place winners received gift certificates to a local arts and crafts store. Honorable mention winners received coloring books and crayons. All winners received certificates for their entries.

Misericordia University is proud of its efforts to support and recognize BHSM 2008.

Submitted by:
Lori Cimino, MS, CCC-SLP
Clinical Director and NSSLHA Co-Advisor

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