ACU to conduct speech/hearing convention

For Immediate Release
Sept. 15, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Wendy Waller, Media Relations Specialist
(915) 674-2696

Abilene Christian University students and faculty involved with the Speech and Hearing Clinic will be conducting a speech and hearing conference for the first time Saturday at Hillcrest Church of Christ.

The conference will be attended by professionals in the area as well as students enrolled in the speech pathology program at ACU, said Dee Kirby, assistant professor of communication disorders and director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic.

The featured speaker at the conference will be Sherry Sancibrian, program director and associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Texas Tech University. She will be speaking on "Those Difficult Cases."

"The conference has been planned and will be run by students as well as faculty," Kirby said. "They have been responsible for the organizing and planning. They will also be responsible for handling registration, etc. the day of the conference."

Kelly Wilson, senior speech pathology major from San Antonio, is the convention coordinator.

"Many speech pathology departments at other schools have conferences of this nature to help better their clinic," Wilson said. "ACU has an excellent clinic, of which little is known about. The profit we make from this registration costs of this conference will go into a fund to help with conference next year and help with costs of bettering the facilities of our clinic. This is our first year for the conference, and we hope it will be a success."

The cost for students to attend is $10 or $55 for professionals, and the money raised will go toward future conferences. Anyone wishing to attend can come and pay at the door.

Not only are students helping plan and execute the convention, but students staff the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus on a regular basis as well.

"Students who are majoring in communication sciences and disorders provide the therapy to the clients under the direct supervision of faculty who are certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association and licensed by the state of Texas," Kirby said.

Although most universities have similar clinics, ACU is one of only a few that let undergraduate students staff the clinic, Wilson said.

"It allows you to become familiar with procedures of therapy, to understand what it takes to plan therapy, and to understand how to interact with clients," Wilson said.

Patients include some referred by the Disability Resources, Inc. for language, young children with speech impediments and older patients from all over Texas, Wilson said.


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