communication sciences and disorders

In the Midtown neighborhood of Springfield, the Ujima literacy program is helping to improve children’s literacy.

Ujima, a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility, is an effort made possible by several organizations. They include Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield NAACP, Springfield-Greene County Library, Parents as Teachers and the Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center.

We take so much for granted each day. One of those things is the ability to hear and effectively communicate.

According to the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, May is better hearing and speech month. Jennifer Kerr, clinical assistant professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders, and Lauren Jones, director of the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, share about the resources at the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic at Missouri State.

Speech, spelling, reading and phonics: They are all interrelated and essential to academic success. Dr. Julie Masterson, dean of the Graduate College at Missouri State University, is an internationally known expert in the area and author of “Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking to Spelling: a Guide to Language and Literacy Development for Parents and Caregivers.” 

When her then second-grade son began having difficulty with spelling, Masterson refused to accept the idea that individuals could not improve a skill or that it was normal.

Getting ready for the first day of kindergarten shouldn’t be just about shopping for school supplies; it should be a process of talking to and reading to children regularly from birth. In fact, no other activity is as highly associated with school preparedness or eventual academic success as literacy, according to the U.S. Department of Education.