CLC Reaches Out to Community Preschools

Children in CLC

(From the 2010 CLC Annual Report)
The Child Learning Center Outreach Program benefits early childhood care and education centers in the community by enhancing professional development in the areas of early language and literacy and providing information for families to build the foundations for children’s successful learning in later years. Two Boulder early childhood centers were selected for participation in the outreach program during the past school year--Boulder Day Nursery and the Parent Cooperative Preschool at the First Presbyterian Church. Six teachers in three classrooms participated.

Activities included classroom observation and follow-up coaching by a team from the Child Learning Center. The Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation tool (ELLCO) was used to inform planning processes for coaching of teachers through the project. A minimum of six coaching sessions were arranged with each teacher over the September through May program. Workshops were provided for participating teachers at the selected sites. Parent education workshops focused on early language and literacy development in the home were offered to all parents in the selected sites.

See the full 2010 CLC Annual Report

Daughter Follows Mother’s Footsteps into SLHS

Meghan Walton with her Mom, Patty (Ogrodnick) Walton, '85

Meghan Walton was overjoyed when she received word of her acceptance into the SLHS program in pursuit of her BA. In her own words; “When I found out I was accepted into the program at CU, I was thrilled beyond belief. Ever since I can remember, the University of Colorado at Boulder has always been where I envisioned myself attending school. This is an incredible university and I can’t wait to take on everything it has to offer.” Meghan is well positioned to follow in some robust footsteps. Meghan’s mother, Patty (Ogrodnick) Walton, attended SLHS (then CDSS) from 1982 to 1985. Patty was the kind of student university programs hope to attract. Not only did she excel in academic and clinical work, she energized her fellow students by planning events that brought faculty and students together. Always willing to help and learn, she was an exemplary student. Patty is now a successful speech pathologist, gifted therapist and author of books on stuttering intervention.

Meghan Walton

Patty’s energy and success has obviously extended to her daughter Meghan who has been exposed to the field of Speech Pathology most of her life. Meghan volunteers for FRIENDS: The Association of Young People of Stutter, helping with the Friends’ day workshops held in Denver and attending their conferences for 12 years. “As I grew up, I was able to witness the impact that this convention had on people who stutter and their families. For example, professors told a young man, who desired to be a teacher, that he could never achieve this goal because of his stuttering. Through FRIENDS, he was able to gain the confidence to become a teacher, despite everything his professors had told him. Another man, whom I grew up with, dreamed of working in law enforcement. The only way he would be able to achieve this was by gaining control of his stuttering. He tried therapy many times in the past but never had success and had given up on it. My mom was able to convince him to try one more time with her help, eventually leading to his success. My friend is now enrolled in the Austin Police Cadet class". Meghan has also assisted her mother on group therapy outings, has attended the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association national convention and was a research assistant, videotaping hours of therapy for data collection. Combined with Meghan’s other high school activities, which include figure skating, Spanish language studies, and leadership roles, her pre-professional path is a valuable predictor of the kind of university student Meghan will be.

Meghan recalled attending the ASHA conference in Chicago in 2008 while she was in high school. “It showed me that there were so many more areas of speech language pathology than I realized. I went to several presentations and found all the information very interesting. I came back with a new appreciation for the field. These experiences have inspired me to become a speech therapist". Currently, Meghan is most interested in stuttering, “…because I have been exposed to it the most. I have met hundreds of people who stutter and have seen the pain that families experience and how hard it is for them to find good help. I have also seen how speech therapy can change the lives and have a positive impact on the lives of people who stutter. By becoming a speech therapist for people who stutter, I will be able to make a difference in their lives just like I see my mom do everyday. I am also very interested in cluttering because it is so fascinating. There are many different symptoms that can be related to cluttering, as well as the lack of self-awareness that makes cluttering hard to work with. I am excited to learn more about it in school". Meghan’s story, her experiences under the watchful eye of her mother, and now her chosen program of study, fulfill a valuable family legacy, for her family and for CU.

Bachelor Degree Students Graduate with Honors

We congratulate all 2010 SLHS Graduates and are pleased to feature four new alumni--BA students who recently graduated with honors from SLHS. Amanda Huesleman, Danielle Kemp, Jenny Chang, and Isa Miranda Down received their bachelor degrees at SLHS’s graduage ceremony held on May 7, 2010. In addition to this article, they can be seen together in a photo on SLHS Department webpage here

Amanda with her mother and boyfriend, Kirk

Amanda Huesleman is from Arvada, CO, and she received her BA Magna Cum Laude after attending the University of Colorado from the Fall of 2006 to Spring 2010. Amanda’s research while at SLHS looked at the effects of parents’ de-contenxtualized scaffolding of language hearing levels in children with hearing loss and in children with cochlear implants. Amanda enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Following graduation, she is looking forward to a three-week camping and road trip to California, which will be followed by a trip to Hawaii. Next year Amanda will continue her studies while attending CU-Denver to pursue her masters in special education.

Danielle with her parents Kirk and Flora and brother Zach

Danielle Kemp graduated Summa Cum Laude from SLHS this spring. Danielle is from Lafayette, Colorado and double majored in SLHS and Spanish Literature and Language. Her top interests were child language and bilingualism. Danielle expressed that one of her favorite memories was “working with my primary honors thesis advisor Dr. Pui-Fong Kan”. Dr. Kan’s research focuses on child language learning, language disorders, and bilingualism. Danielle worked with her in the Child Language and Learning Lab while developing her thesis titled Adjective Gender Agreement in Situations of Language Contact and Specific Language Impairment. Danielle's study used existing data on children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) to determine errors in their use of the article in Spanish, specifically the adjective constituent of the noun phrase, which also marks gender agreement. Results demonstrated that "as compared to typically developing children, children with SLI do not demonstrate a robust functional production of the gender agreement paradigm in the adjective". She concluded that "gender agreement in the adjective should be considered in bilingual children with SLI when developing...therapy goals and strategies." Danielle is enthusiastic about her future plans which include remaining in Boulder for another 2 years while attending the SLHS Masters Program. Her plans also include many activities, “anything outdoors, hiking, running, fly fishing, camping and being with her family and friends. Danielle is also actively involved at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students).

Jenny with her Father, Sister, and Mother

Jenny Chang is from Littleton, Colorado and studied at CU for 4 years. Jenny graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s degree. She also received the Jacob Van Ek Award for superior academic achievement and outstanding contributions to the University and Boulder Community. During Jenny’s studies she became interested in anatomy, speech science, bilingual neurolinguisitics, and language acquisition in bilingual cultures. Jenny told us that when she switched her major to SLHS she “felt a huge burden off my shoulders”. Jenny gave high marks to the guidance she received as a student. “Dr. Brenda Schick, Dr. Neerja Sadagopan, and Dr. Pui Fong Kan made my time as an SLHS major extremely rewarding as well as intellectually stimulating. The entire faculty of SLHS has such passion for their fields and for the populations they serve”. When not studying, Jenny loves running and yoga. "I also enjoy volunteering my time to homeless ministries and I also enjoy working with children, whether it is babysitting or childcare. I love my community of friends and mentors, so I spend as much time with them as possible as well.” Jenny’s goal is to become a physician's assistant. No doubt with the strength of her academic performance and her appreciation of her experience thus far, she is sure to accomplish her goal.

Isa on Graduation Day 2010

Isa Miranda Down is originally from Canada (British Columbia), and has lived in Boulder for about half of her life. Isa has been at CU for the last three years, transferring from the University of Victoria in BC. She received a BA in SLHS, also graduating Summa Cum Laude. She became very interested in the fields of physiology, anatomy, and neurology of the speech mechanism and how they all intertwine. Isa commented that her experience as an undergrad at SLHS helped her to select and focus on her interests, and she counts meeting new people and professors among her best memories. Isa shared that she "found that the SLHS program was the perfect balance: it both intrigued me and challenged me without becoming overbearing. I think that this is due in large part to the professors and the fellow students. I made a point of trying to get to know the professors, and learned much more about the field in doing so. My advisor, Dr. Neeraja Sadagopan, to name one, was an inspiration to work with, and I look forward to continuing research with her in the coming year. Her high expectations of her students' work helped push me to a new level of academic achievement". Isa loves the outdoors and her hobbies include: hiking, reading, gardening, and singing. Her plans for the future include being a research assistant for speech pathologists in the coming year while she apply to graduate programs. She plans on getting a dual doctorate in speech pathology and neuroscience. Like Danielle and Danielle, Jenny, and Isa will assuredly make us proud as she works toward her new goals. Congratulations to all new alumni!

Welcome 2010 SLHS Graduates!

CU Photo by Casey A. Cass

The Speech Language and Hearing Sciences recognition ceremony 2010 was held on May 7 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., at the UMC Middle Ballroom.

The phrase "the last best place" was coined by William Kittredge, a well-known western writer, as the title for an anthology of stories, poems and memoirs about Montana. We'd like you to think of CU SLHS as one of your last, best places, where you worked hard, prepared for your career and shared experiences with fellow students. Stay in touch with the SLHS department and visit your alumni website often, we want to hear about your experiences as you establish and continue your career.

Here are some ways to stay in touch as a CU alum (continued):

CU Child Language Center Announces Summer Program: EARLY CIRCLES

The CU Child Learning Center, an integral part of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, is pleased to announce the start of Early Circles, a family education and support group for families of young children with Down syndrome. They invite parents to join them for 5 family meetings this summer to share family celebrations and challenges and to discuss strategies to support communication and early literacy in your child’s daily life. The program will also provide 3 home visits per family to support strategy use in the home. , The Family Meetings will be held Friday mornings from 9 to 11:30 on June 11, June 18, June 25, July 9 and July 23. Family home visits will be scheduled prior to June 11, July 9 and July 23. For details about enrollment>

Discussion on SLP State Licensure Seeks Momentum

Katheryn Boada of Children's Hospital & CSHA Licensure Committee (bio at end of article)

Discussion regarding the need for new state licensure for SLP’s is percolating through Colorado work settings. An interview with Katheryn Boada, Director of Audiology, Speech Pathology and Learning Services at The Children's Hospital, brought critical aspects of the debate to light. Kathy has served as past president of the Colorado Speech Hearing Association (CSHA) and is currently an active member of CSHA’s licensure committee.

At the 2010 Metro Speech Language Conference in Denver, Kathy presented an overview of the licensure issue for Colorado. She related that, as of 2009, 48 states and the District of Columbia license their speech/language pathologists. Colorado and South Dakota do not license SLPs aside from the public school endorsement issued by the Department of Education. Basic issues faced by Colorado SLPs include: 1. whether or not Colorado should have licensure for SLPs in all settings, and 2. which format licensure should take--it can take two forms, a universal or dual system.

A universal system would require all Colorado SLPs to obtain a license under similar standards. For example, Michigan is a state that requires universal licensure for all SLPs, except for those not involved in practice such as researchers, college teachers and others employed by the department of community health or SLPs operating in other health professions. The dual, or “two pronged” system is practiced in Minnesota. There, school personnel are licensed by the state board within the scope of their school license that makes them exempt from obtaining the state SLP license. All other SLPs who graduate from a master’s program accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) are required to obtain general state licensure, along with ASHA clinical experience and successful passage of the National exam in SLP or Audiology. SLPs who practice in schools and other settings are required to obtain 2 licenses. Of 48 states and 1 district that have licensure in the US, 12 operate within a universal system, 37 within a dual system.

Kathy revealed what might be a more critical incentive in that the American Medical Association (AMA) could possibly step in and define licensure for SLPs. (continued)

Campaign to Find More CU SLHS Alums via FACEBOOK!

We are launching a campaign to find as many alums as we can, dating back to the beginning of the program at the University of Colorado. If you are a Facebook member, thinking about joining, or have fellow alumni friends on Facebook, help us to make contact. It will enable us to learn more about our graduates, where they have gone, what paths they've taken in the field of Speech Pathology & Audiology, or what adventures have inspired them. Search for the group "CU SLHS (CDSS) Alumni" and join us! Connect to Facebook Here

Connecting with Alumni at the Metro SL Conference!

It was a treat to connect with 30-plus SLHS Alumni at the Metro SL Conference held on January 29-30 at the Marriot in Littleton.

Our IN TOUCH website had a booth, held some drawings but most of all, had fun visiting with SLHS alumni and meeting other conference attendees. The conference drew approximately 600 SLPs and associates from the region. Visitors to our booth included SLPA's from SLHS and we hope to collect more contact information from this group as well as our undergraduate and graduate alumni. Plans are being made to visit the CSHA conference next fall.

Winners of the drawing for "Ralphie" the stuffed CU Buffalo was Pam Woodyard Berkeland. Four other winners, Carol Pastore, Diana Erhart, Carolee (Whitney) Burnell and Kim McGarvey will receive one of two DVD's, The Dance of Conversation: Strategies for Ecnouraging Children's Language or The Storybook Journey: Into the Wind & The Stories We Live. The production of the DVDs was supported by The Louis and Harold Price Foundation, Inc., the same foundation that supports this SLHS alumni website. Sheila Goetz, former CLC director and SLHS faculty member, was key in obtaining the grant and has administered it since it's inception. She was on hand to meet and greet alumni, several of whom were her students from 1986 to 2003. Yours truly, Cynthia Gray, '76 alum and current web curator was at the booth and enjoyed meeting alumni from present and past, some of whom were students when I directed the CLC.

SLHS alumna and current faculty member Lynea Pearson and adjunct SLHS faculty member Scott Schwartz, currently with Boulder Valley School District stopped by the booth to chat with alumni also. Both faculty were presenters at the conference.

We hope you will join us at the CSHA conference this fall or, Contact us
to update your contact information. If you'd like to get in touch with alums you see here, let us know. We'll do our best to get their information to you.

CLC's Barb Roscoe Making Job Transition

Barb Roscoe

Many SLHS alumni will remember Barb Roscoe and her years of dedicated work with children and students in the Child Learning Center (CLC). We were pleased to have an opportunity to interview Barb in the midst of a job transition. Her story spells out her dedication to our field, the CLC children and students, and early childhood in general. She also reveals what plans she has for the future. Other notable faculty and staff from her past are also remembered in her interview.

In Touch: How did you become interested in child language/learning development?

Barb: I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I started working in early childhood education. After spending the first 20 years of my career in elementary and special education, K-12, I fell into early childhood education through the back door. At that time, new federal and state legislation mandated special educational services for preschool children. As I think back, my first encounter with early childhood education was very much like Alice falling into Wonderland. I was curious and wanted to look in from the outside and the next thing I knew I was tumbling down head over heals and landed in the middle of a crazy and topsy-turvy world of early childhood. There was very little preparation or training for educators to fill the role of early childhood education. I remember how everyone was struggling to make the materials and practices they had been using with elementary children work with preschool children. The challenge of coming in on the ground floor and making an impact was all the motivation I needed. (continued)

Giving Opportunity to Help SLHS Upgrade Clinical Video System

SLHS AV room

(From the SLHS Giving Opportunity brochure)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video may be worth a million.

Prior to embarking on 5-12 month full time internships at clinical sites off campus, SLHS clinical faculty members teach students in the campus-based Speech Language Hearing Center. Here, children and adults in the Boulder-Denver metropolitan area are provided comprehensive speech audiology and language services. Audio and video recordings are a critical component of both clinical and classroom teaching. Students not only get to watch examples that they may not have the opportunity to see first hand, but they, along with faculty and peers, can also critically review their own clinical activities in the SLHC. Audio and video recordings also play an important role in the assessment and treatment process. For Example, parents may watch demonstrations of optimal techniques to be used when interacting with children, or older clients may watch themselves on video to better understand the positive and negative behaviors that contribute to their communication difficulties.

The current video system in the SLHC was installed over 25 years ago when the SLHS building was renovated. Components have been replaced over the years, but much of the infrastructure, cameras and microphones are no longer working and VHS technology is all but obsolete. In an effort to continually improve the situation, SLHS has initiated a project to upgrade to a state-of-the-art video system. (continued)

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