American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of Nebraska NSSLHA Chapter

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was busy during the month of May promoting better hearing and speech. Several graduate students participated in hearing screenings at the UNO Child Care Center. This collaborative project is in its second year; the children enjoy visiting with the students while the members of NSSLHA have an opportunity to put their skills into practice. Chapter officers delivered specially designed BHSM candy to the offices of each college dean and various other campus offices, along with material promoting hearing health. In addition, two class projects were specifically designed to promote knowledge of the profession among students. Undergraduate students in the language development course created projects to describe the words language or communication. Each year, this is a favorite among students and faculty. These creative projects are displayed throughout campus. Students also had the opportunity to develop timelines highlighting the major developments in speech-language pathology.

To wrap up BHSM, a few of UNO's NSSLHA members traveled around the Omaha area to lower income child care facilities and provided them with free informational resources, focusing on language development. All of the child care centers were appreciative of this gesture and informed us that many parents and caregivers are in need of this information. They were especially grateful that the flyers were in a bilingual format.

Submitted by:
Mitzi J. Ritzman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders

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