Run/Walk to Help Children Talk

– Nathan Briar

***The writer is enrolled in Comm 240 News Reporting.***

On Saturday, April 26 the Fort Hays State University Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic hosted its second annual Run/Walk to Help Children Talk, on the FHSU campus, with 60 runners participating in a 5K course starting and ending near Gross Memorial Coliseum. The event raised around $600 for scholarships and clinic materials.

“The Herndon Clinic provides comprehensive services to children and adults with communication disorders,” said Marla Staab, director of clinical services.

The clinic also provides professional clinical education for graduate and undergraduate students majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and is a “nationally certified and licensed faculty, along with the students, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment services,” Staab said.

Established in 1954, the Herndon Clinic on the FHSU campus was designated as a Rite Care Clinic in May 2008. Rite Care gives financial support to the clinic to help children who have speech-language-hearing disorders as well as dyslexia.

The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association participates in a variety of service activities, such as sponsoring the Ellis County Spelling Bee. The FHSU chapter encourages professional interest among university students in the study of human communication sciences and disorders and provides continuity to the dissemination of professional information. It also assists college and university departments and local organizations interested in speech, hearing, and language behavior and disorders.

More information is available on their website.

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