SC State’s Speech Pathology and Audiology program to host Extended School Year 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

SpeechMore than 5 percent of school aged children are affected by speech and language disorders. SC State’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is answering the call to service. This year, SC State will host the 2009 Extended School Year (ESY) program at the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic on the campus of SC State. The program has begun and will continue through July 17, 2009.

The ESY program has existed for more than 12 years and serves children in the capacity of speech, language and hearing impaired. Those with communication disorders range from ages three to ten.

Passionate about the program and how it has affected children over the years, Dr. Gwendolyn Wilson says, “when school ends in May and begins in August, there is often a regression of skills over the summer; this program lessens the effect of the time lapse during that period. The parents are always delighted for the services we provide, and the children in therapy thoroughly enjoy the thematic activities that are planned to enhance their communicative skills.”

SC State’s Speech Pathology and Audiology Clinic has accepted 39 children for the summer, with a variety of diagnoses such as hearing loss, autism, fluency problems, articulation and intelligibility difficulties, and language delays. Children are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to children already attending the clinic for speech-language therapy. Lunch and two snacks per day are provided by the program. The Speech Pathology and Audiology Extended School Year Program is a site for the federal summer food program.

The clinic will focus on the theme “Let’s Explore a While with Eric Carle.” Each week students will focus on various books by Carle, who is acclaimed as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed books for young children. They will focus on books by Carle including The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiny Seed, The Mixed up Chameleon, The Very Busy Spider, The Grouchy Lady Bug and Pancakes, Pancakes!

The children will explore healthy eating habits, concepts of time, size and shape, and manners. They will also learn sequencing and to follow directions while enhancing communication and literacy.

Speech Pathology and Audiology graduate and undergraduate student clinicians will plan and implement large group activities, monitor computer sessions, conduct individual speech therapy sessions, and develop vocabulary lists and activities to encourage parent-child interactions. Parent involvement throughout the program is strongly encouraged, and each week clinicians will meet with parents to discuss their child’s progress.

Supervision for student clinicians is provided by full-time and adjunct faculty who are nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and licensed by the South Carolina Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

SC State’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is a community resource. Screening services for speech, language and hearing are available to children and adults on a walk-in basis each Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information contact the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at (803)536-8073.