Marywood University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders along with its student chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association collected gifts in December to support Campus Ministry's Christmas Giving Tree project. Gifts were donated to the United Neighborhood Association, Friends of the Poor, St. Anthony's Haven, Community Intervention Center and Holy Family Residence
Marywood University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic was awarded a grant from the Starkey Foundation for $6605. An estimated 350 youngsters will be screened in the coming year, and participants identified with hearing loss and/or speech-language delays will be referred for early intervention. In addition to the screenings, Head Start teachers will be trained to recognize speech, language and hearing delays.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic was also awarded a grant from the Margaret Briggs Foundation for $6476. Monies will be used to conduct language stimulation groups at Head Start Centers in Lackawanna County. Language stimulation sessions will be designed to stimulate speech and language skills for preschool children ages 3-5 in a fun learning environment, which also will involve increased interaction with their peers to further assist with pragmatic development. Head Start teachers will be trained on how to incorporate similar activities into the classroom setting to stimulate language skills throughout the academic year.
The Blue Ribbon Foundation approved a $12,589 grant to Marywood University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic for the program. An estimated 350 youngsters will be screened in the coming year, and participants identified with hearing loss and/or speech-language delays will be referred for early intervention. In addition to the screenings, 15 Head Start teachers will be trained to recognize speech, language and hearing delays and learn how to incorporate exercises into classroom activities to stimulate speech-language skills thanks to this Blue Ribbon grant.
In December, the Marywood University Speech and Hearing Club, participates in the Christmas Giving Tree. The club places boxes around the department to collect holiday gifts for the needy. Following a holiday social for the department, the presents were delivered to the Campus Ministry department for distribution to the community.
The Speech and Hearing Club is an affiliation of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA), a professional membership association for students enrolled in a communication sciences program or related majors. Over the past two years club members raised funds via Cold Stone Creamery and Ruby Tuesdays nights. Funds collected have been used to purchase $450 worth of items from the Ronald McDonald House Wish List and include such items as kitchen, laundry, and guest helpers (e.g., Clorox wipes, paper towels, dish detergent, laundry detergent, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) as well as DVDs and toys for children staying with family at the Ronald McDonald House or utilizing the Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms.
The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was pleased to have been awarded a $700.00 Community Service Grant from the NSSLHA Executive Council in the fall of 2009. Grant money received was used to support an educational project for the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) - Head Start. A matching donation of $700.00 was funded by money raised by the Marywood University NSSLHA Chapter.
NSSLHA members helped to raise money by sponsoring a clothing sale and a "Night at Cold Stone Creamery". All money raised and NSSLHA's matching gift, for a total of $1400, was used to purchase educational materials for approximately 10 Head Start centers in Lackawanna County. Materials were presented to Head Start representatives at the North Scranton II location in December 2009 by NSSLHA Chapter Officers.
Shown in the photo from left to right:
1st Row - Richard Thorne, Savannah Hazelton (Head Start students) and Trisha Liggeri (NSSLHA officer)
2nd Row - Jill Jones, Rachel Hoyt (NSSLHA officers), Jennifer Wolff (Head Start Special Needs Coordinator), Andrea Novak (CSD Clinic Director and NSSLHA Chapter Advisor), Lisa Gintoff (Head Start Special Needs Coordinator), Amanda White, Emily Fillman (NSSLHA officers)