New year, new people entering the wonderful program at the University of Alberta!
I know there’s a tonne of questions on your mind:
What is the Class of 2016 like? What do we like to do? Why are we here?
This is the first of a series of posts profiling some of the amazing people that make up the SLP Class of 2016!
This week we feature Michelle Andrews, Paulo Arago, Kaetlyn Dahlke, and Genevieve Roberts. Stay tuned for more!
Throughout May, Speechies went around the campus at the U of A and around the community to raise awareness and promote who we are and what we do during Speech & Hearing month. We put up posters around campus, handed out info sheets, and talked with people about speech and language. Some people even got to experience what it would be like to have difficulty communicating by telling a story with their tongue not being able to touch the roof of their mouth or teeth or trying to say every third word backwards!
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A HUGE thank you to all the Speechies who volunteered their time to help out!!
Every year, the Organization of Alberta Students in Speech (OASIS) chooses an organization to support through a fundraiser during Speech and Hearing Month in May. This year, we chose to fundraise for the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society.
Choosing an organization to support wasn’t easy. There are so many causes that relate to speech that we would like to support, and we wish we could have chosen them all. We also wanted to make sure we chose a local organization, so that we could support the Edmonton community.
In our first week of our Language and Literacy class taught by Melissa Skoczylas, we learned about the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society and were immediately drawn into what they do for children with communication delays and disorders. The Tevie Miller Heritage School Society provides funds to the Tevie Miller Heritage School Program, which is an Edmonton Public School “Program of Choice” that specializes in teaching children with speech and/or language delays, disabilities or disorders. The Society facilitates the provision of enhanced speech-language services that cannot be paid for from the educational allocation that the school receives from Alberta Education.
The program is entirely funded by parents of children attending the school, fundraising, donations, and private benefactors. We felt that providing specialized speech and language services is an amazing thing to do, and this was exactly what OASIS was looking for when choosing an organization to support. In addition, several students in the M.Sc-SLP Class of 2015 had previously volunteered for this organization, making it an organization that was already close to our hearts.
The OASIS Public Relations Committee (Andrea Perez-Leon, Andrea Simioni, Melissa Kinsman) took on planning for the fundraiser. The fundraiser was held at The Comic Strip at West Edmonton Mall. Starting in January, we began collecting donations for a silent auction, promoting the fundraiser, and selling as many tickets as we could.
The fundraiser was held on May 21, 2015. We were initially worried about ticket sales, since a lot of us are not from the Edmonton area and don’t know a lot of people who we could invite. Nevertheless, our wonderful classmates stepped up, and we managed to sell 91 tickets to the event! With the ticket sales, and silent auction, we managed to raise a total of $2447.24 for the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society.
Our silent auction at The Comic Strip in West Edmonton Mall.
We could not be happier with how the event turned out, and would like to thank the following people for their support:
The Tevie Miller Heritage School Society
OASIS & The UAlberta SLP Class of 2015
The Comic Strip
Our many silent auction donors: Peace Hills General Insurance Company, The Edmonton Police Association, Literacy For Life, Renee Carrier, Fort In View Golf Course, Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Joann Newton, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Calgary Stampede, Telus World of Science, Vertically Inclined Rock Gym, GianCarlo Oddone of Automotive Technologies Inc., Domenic Laratta of Giusti Group of Companies, Donna Nash, Chianti Cafe, Canyon Creek Toyota, Southgate Buick GMC, Delaney Jackson, Edmonton Eskimos
And everyone who attended the event! We could not have done this without you, and we are happy to have been able to support an organization that does amazing things for children.
Awe and joy.
– Andrea Perez-Leon, OASIS Public Relations Committee
For more information on the Tevie Miller Heritage School Society, visit http://www.teviemillerheritage.epsb.ca/
May is Speech & Hearing month. To kick things off, we want to highlight the importance of communication as it relates to speech and hearing. Here are 5 things you may not have known about communication:
#1. The opportunity to communicate is a basic human right.
Communication is crucial to participation in life. However, it is often overlooked and ignored as a disability. The International Communication Project serves to raise awareness of of communication disabilities and the impact they have on daily life, and to raise the profile of communication disabilities with international health bodies and policy makers.
Get involved: Sign the pledge and find out more.
#2. Communication can take many different forms – not just spoken language.
Visual: gestures, facial expression, eye contact, and body posture convey a wealth of information to the listener.
Alternative & Augmentative Communication: alphabet boards, electronic devices, American Sign Language, or communication books bypass the spoken modality to convey messages.
With the advent of technology, communication is becoming more accessible for individuals with speech, language, or hearing difficulties.
#3. People from birth to death can benefit from the services of an SLP or audiologist.
From infants to the elderly, SLPs can work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, private practise, and even prisons. Check out this previous post for more information: https://ualbertaslp.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/one-profession-many-specialties/
#4. An individual can have difficulties in the areas of speech, language, and/or communication.
Speech is the verbal means of communication, which includes articulation (how sounds are made), voice (how your vocal folds produce sound), and fluency (the rhythm of oneès speech).
Language encompasses the meaning of words, how to make new words, how to put words together, and situationally combining words in different situations. An individual can have difficulties in expressing themselves using language, or in understanding language.
#5. Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings needs improvement.
Hearing loss can affect 5 in every 1,000 newborns in wealthy countries such as Canada. Screening the hearing of newborns promotes early detection of hearing loss, which can lead to early intervention and better language outcomes. Unfortunately, Canada’s screening needs some work – Speech and Audiology Canada along with the Canadian Academy of Audiology recently released a report card on the state of Newborn Screening in Canada. Read more about it here and raise awareness.
Check back throughout the month for more highlights on Speech & Hearing month!
– APL & BY
What is the Class of 2015 like? Who are we? What do we like to do? Why are we here?
This is the second of a series of posts profiling some of the amazing people that make up the SLP Class of 2015.
This week we feature Andrea Perez-Leon, Kelsey Earle, Julie Peters, and Kathryn Anton. Stay tuned for more of these!