SC State Speech Pathology and Audiology's Extended School Year Program Recognized

Friday, April 1, 2011

The South Carolina State University Speech Pathology & Audiology’s (SPA) Extended School Year Program (ESY) obtained the South Carolina Speech and Hearing Association’s (SCSHA) Program of the Year award.  This prestigious honor was received by SPA instructors, Department chair, Dr. Gwendolyn Wilson, and many others during the 2011 SCSHA Annual Convention held recently in Charleston, S.C.

ESY, established 14 years prior, is a six week program serving speech, language and/or hearing impaired children, primarily from Orangeburg Consolidated School Districts three, four and five, as well as the Calhoun and Bamberg School Districts. At the conclusion of the program, students usually make significant progress, especially after having undergone individual therapy sessions in which clinicians rate the client’s accomplishments.

According to Wilson, the award is an honor, and the SC State University SPA program is deserving. “This summer program, under the leadership of Dr. Harriette Gregg, clinic director, is really a jewel in the crown of successes we have experienced over the years,” says Wilson. “It is a benefit to the children who are communicatively impaired and provides an important clinical experience for our student clinicians who staff the program under direct supervision of nationally certified speech-language pathologists,” she notes. “This real-world clinical experience is phenomenal for our graduate and undergraduate student speech clinicians.”

SPA graduate student, Crystal Loynes, won the SCSHA Student of the Year Award. “I was humbled to receive such an honor on the state level,” says Loynes.

In addition to the ESY award, many students engaged in various activities during this year’s SCSHA Annual Convention.  Students presented poster sessions at the convention, summarizing research through an introduction, message and results. In addition, officers from the SC State Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) presented their work concerning the educational efficacy of the SC State NSSLHA Student Conference held recently.