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 shown below. (Click the titles for more details and photos.)

 

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. National membership is available to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students enrolled full or part-time in a CSD program or related major on both campuses. For more information, visit the NSSLHA page. 

Cowboy Aphasia Camp has been offered in the OSU-Tulsa Clinic for every summer since 2015.  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.

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).

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.

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. 

We provide the SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® programs aimed at improving voice and communication deficits associated with Parkinson disease (PD) and similar disorders. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering TELETHERAPY format (i.e., using online video conferencing in compliance with HIPAA regulations) of SPEAK OUT!® program for any participant with PD who may be interested. In addition, we have two FREE ONLINE weekly LOUD Crowd® sessions for those who have already completed the SPEAK OUT!® program at our clinic or at any other site. Contact: Donita Tefft (donita.tefft@okstate.edu or 405-744-8939) or the OSU Speech and Hearing Clinic (405-744-6021) for more information about these programs.

In addition, Dr. Sabiha Parveen (one of our CDIS faculty members) serves as group facilitator for Stillwater PD Support Group which is part of Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month (5:30-6:30 pm) at Stillwater Public Library to discuss different aspects of Parkinson disease (PD) and similar disorders. All in-person meetings have been canceled since April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For latest details about any events or programs related to the Stillwater PD Support Group, please visit https://stillwaterpdsupport.weebly.com or contact: sabiha.parveen@okstate.edu; phone: 405-744-5116.