Sound Beginnings Family Education and Support Group receives award from Select Health
Every year Select Health identifies 25 programs in Utah who are making “a healthy difference in our communities.” These Select 25 programs are identified based on their success in encouraging healthy behaviors and/or serving populations with special needs.
Sound Beginnings Celebrates Mothers
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Sound Beginnings mothers (and fathers) for being so involved in helping their children reach their full potential. The time our students spend with us each week at Sound Beginnings is relatively small in relation to the total hours in the week.
Mission from the hEARt 2014
In May 2014, members of USU’s Academy of Audiology embarked on their 10th “Mission from the hEARt.” Students traveled to El Salvador to provide hearing services to underprivileged communities. During the week they provided hearing tests to nearly 2,000 children and fit over 200 hearing aids.
USU Research Helps Identify Specific Language Impairments in Bilingual Children
Dr. Gillam’s recent study suggests that tests administered exclusively in English can diagnose specific language impairments (SLI) in bilingual children who are learning English as a second language.
Local bagpiper visits Sound Beginnings
Eliciting spoken language from our students is one of the main goals of the teachers at Sound Beginnings. This is done through various types of learning from using technology, to hands-on learning to real life experiences and so much more.
USU Pediatric Audiology Clinic receives grant from IHC Community Partner Fund
Funding from community partners is enabling USU’s pediatric audiology clinic to help more children and their families reach their full potential.
USU Graduate Student in Audiology Receives ASHA Award for Research
Karyn Storey was the recipient of a student research travel award at the annual ASHA convention in Chicago, Illinois in November 2013. Her research was presented on: Ambient Noise Impact on Accuracy of Automated Hearing Assessment.
Early Childhood Center Director is Named a Laureate
Dr. Ray Reutzel is the 2013 Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Laureate.The award recognizes his influence on other reading professionals through collaborative research, mentoring, teaching, and other activities.
Parent Training and Support: Providing A Foundation for Effective Daily Management for Children with Hearing Loss
USU helps hearing health professionals learn how to support parents in meeting the daily intervention needs of their deaf and hard of hearing children.
iPad Math Apps Improve Young Children’s Learning
Over the past year, the Virtual Manipulatives Research Group (VMRG), a 17-member multi-disciplinary research team led by Patricia Moyer-Packenham and Kerry Jordan, has been conducting a study on young children’s mathematics learning when using mathematics applications (or “apps”) on iPad technology.
Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education Professor Named an ASHA Fellow
Dr. Sandra Gillam is now an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) fellow. Her research has focused on assessment and intervention for children with disabilities and language impairments.
Utah Public Radio Explores What’s Working in Utah Public Schools
UPR’s Access Utah interviews the director of the Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Center about what contributes to the success in Utah’s public schools.
Reutzel Edits New Research Handbook
Written primarily for early childhood educators, and those who support their professional development. Provides essential knowledge about how to help all PreK-3 learners succeed. Also providing ways to create effective learning environments and implement instructional practices with a strong evidence base.
Parents Benefit from Observing Math Tutoring Sessions
During this past summer, 5th Graders from Cache Valley attended the TIME MATH Clinic for ten weeks. The free tutoring sessions were designed specifically to meet each individual child's needs. As a result, at the end of those ten weeks, all of the children's math abilities had improved vastly.
Reutzel Publishes Chapter on Common Core Standards
Scholars collaborate in this book to give an insight on the 10 College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading.
To achieve these standards, they define the literacy skills students must develop and give guidance to meeting these challenges.
USU faculty provide educational and vocational training at the Ngala School for the Deaf in Nakuru, Kenya
This successful project included donations from Eagle Scout candidate, William Young, who raised over $1000 to purchase books and building supplies. His donations were combined with $500 from Med-El and $50 from the USU Bookstore.
Preschoolers and Food Neophobia
Faculty and graduate students from the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences have been working with the Dolores Dore Eccles Center for Early Care and Education to introduce preschoolers to novel healthy foods in ways that will increase their knowledge, reduce food neophobia and improve eating habits.
New SKILL Program Launches at USU
Supporting Knowledge in Language and Literacy (SKILL) is a new research-based language program that is improving outcomes for students with language impairments.
It was written primarily for early childhood educators and those who support their professional development.
Researchers at the Tutoring Intervention and Mathematics Enrichment Clinic are using diagnostic "iceberg" models as intervention tools for students struggling in mathematics.
The iceberg model makes it possible to identify students' mathematical difficulties.
The Clinic for Literacy Achievement, Success, and Proficiency (CLASP) uses state-of-the-art assessments to determine why childen struggle with reading. Children are taught using evidence-based instructional programs. Tutors are undergraduate and graduate teachers-in-training specializing in reading achievement.
Dr. White has had a great impact on early identification of hearing loss in children and in helping to provide children with early access to language.
Sound Beginnings Receives Utah's "Best of State" Award
Sound Beginnings has recently been awarded "Best of State" in the category of Public Preschool Program for the state of Utah.
This award is given to organizations that excel in: achievement in the field of endeavor; innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods, or processes; and contribution to the quality of life in Utah.
FM Verification Workshop
Dr. Leisha Eiten came to USU to speak to students and professionals in pediatric audiology about how FM (frequency modulation) systems can help children who have hearing loss to hear more clearly in classroom settings.
NCHAM is offering an online FM Verification workshop. You can participate in this workshop at no charge and receive .3 CEUs.
TIME Math Clinic
During the three months of a typical summer vacation, students experience a regression in mathematics achievement.
In contrast, during the summer of 2012, children who participated in the TIME Math Clinic made significant gains in mathematical understanding.
USU Deaf Education Receives Grant from State of Utah
The Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) Deaf Education Graduate Training Program at USU was recently awarded $92,692 from the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).
Validation of Hearing Screening Procedures in Ecuadorian Schools
Utah State University faculty members in the College of Education received a grant from International Initiative for Impact Evolution (3ie) for $277,000 to evaluate the school hearing screening initiative in Ecuador.
Helping Children to Hear
Utah State University has been awarded a grant to make pediatric audiology services more accessible for families.
LEND (Leadership Education in Neuro-developmental and Related Disabilities) is a program that provides graduate-level education and clinical training funded through the Maternal Child Health Bureau.
The TIME Math Clinic
Tutoring Intervention & Mathematics Enrichment (TIME) is Utah State's innovative clinic to help children excel in math. Over the summer of 2012, over 400 hours of math tutoring services were provided to local children and TIME is looking forward to helping even more children to establish the mathematical skills that are vital in our world today.
Dr. Karl White was invited to give a presentation entitled "Establishing a Sound Foundation for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing" at Utah State University's first ever TEDxUSU event.
TEDxUSU is a platform where thought leaders are invited to come and share new thoughts, inspirational views and challenging ideas with USU and the world.
Sound Beginnings Annual Football Day
2012 has definitely been an exciting year for coach Gary Anderson and Utah State University's Football Program!
The team has been busy winning the 2012 WAC Championship, but they still took a time-out to visit all the kids, families, and staff at Sound Beginnings during the third annual Football Day.
LEAP NIRS Brain Imaging Lab
Utah State University has recently acquired state-of-the-art brain imaging equipment that enables researchers to conduct both basic and applied research to advance what is known about hearing, speech, language, and literacy abilities in children.
Children with Hearing Loss Being Identified Earlier
Work done at USU has contributed to more than 97% of infants in the United States having their hearing screened as a newborn. Because of this, most infants are identified with hearing loss by two months of age, seventeen months earlier than before newborn hearing screening was available.
Sound Beginnings Evaluating Tele-intervention
The Daniels Fund recently awarded a grant to USU to measure the impact and cost-effectiveness of using 2-way video conferencing to provide early educational services to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Response to Intervention Symposium
The 14th Annual Early Childhood Symposium will be on RTI-Response to Intervention. June 19-20, 2012 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center. This year's presenters will be: Dr. Charles Greenwood and Rachel Brown Chidsey.
The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) is assisting with the organization of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Coalition of Global Hearing Health to be held in South Africa May 30 – June 1, 2012.