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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has committed to the land-grant mission of OSU by actively serving the community in and around the state of Oklahoma. Every year faculty, staff, and students provide speech, language, and hearing services to individuals with communication impairments in the local community. Some of the annual outreach events hosted/co-hosted by the Department of Communication Sciences are:
Cowboy Aphasia Camp
Cowboy Aphasia Camp has been offered in the OSU-Tulsa Clinic for the past 4 summers. The camp is designed to give graduate clinicians experience in working with individuals who have aphasia while at the same time offering time-limited, intense language based experiences for people with aphasia. Activities are centered on a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. Activities range from 1:1 conversational exchanges to group communication interactions to more holistic activities such as art, music, and animal assisted therapy. Camp is scheduled daily for one week, from 9 to 3. In total, 18 clinician/PWA teams have successfully participated in Cowboy Aphasia Camp over the past 3 years. Preliminary research focused on quality of life outcomes shows that as a result of camp participation, participants perceive improved quality of communication life as measured by the ASHA Quality of Communication Life Scale.
Cowboy Aphasia Camp (2015)
Augmentative and Alternative Communication or Speech-Generating Device Evaluations
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in partnership with Oklahoma Able Tech and the Department of Wellness offers AAC device evaluation to OSU staff, faculty, students, and the general public as well.
Community Speech and Language Services
The OSU Speech-Language clinic conducts periodic speech and language screenings in the community. In the recent past, screening camps were conducted at the Frontier Public School, First United Methodist Church, Bixby Public Schools, and Peter and Paul Catholic Schools. In addition, our faculty members are also involved in providing tele-therapy for individuals with Huntington’s disease (Dr. Giddens), and regularly work with support groups for people with Parkinson’s disease (Dr. Parveen, Dr. Aulgur, & Ms. Payne).
Community Audiological Services
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders partners with the Department of Wellness (OSU) to offer free hearing screenings to OSU employees every six months. The staff and students work hard every year to make this event a grand success.
Cimarron Conference on Communication Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, with the assistance of College of Arts and Sciences, hosts the annual Cimarron Conference on Communication Disorders. This full-day conference is well attended by over 150 delegates. This conference meets ASHA requirements for continuing education. Some of the topics covered in the recent years include treatment of Apraxia of Speech, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning.