Speech - Language - Hearing Sciences Newsletters



The Power of the Personal Mind

Sophomore Kaity Hagen is a student with a unique tie to the field she is studying—born deaf, Kaity received cochlear implants. Studying in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences allows her to learn more about the ways scientists have remedied her own disability. Unsurprisingly, she is interested in how to further integrate technology with the brain to help other people with disabilities, such as new technologies that help paraplegics gain their mobility back.


Preventing Academic Disabilities by Building Kid's Vocabularies

According to Professor Ben Munson, children with small vocabularies are at risk for developing academic disabilities in their future. Many researchers have examined how to best teach children with small vocabularies more words. Munson and his colleagues are interested in whether building a strong phonological foundation can prevent vocabulary-size deficits in children at risk for small vocabularies, such as late talkers, children with hearing impairment, and children growing up in low-income homes.


Not Alone, Kids Who Stutter Find Support

Children who stutter are often embarrassed and try to hide their stuttering—even if it means not talking. This can have a more serious impact on their lives than the stuttering itself. The University of Minnesota Kids Who Stutter Camp (UMKWS) brings together kids who stutter to meet, connect, and realize that they can be good communicators, even if they stutter.