Head Start services have been provided through our Stanley Speech and Hearing Clinic for quite some time. The Clinic began working with Head Start almost 25 years ago. The children were identified in speech and language evaluations conducted by the student clinicians. The children who were identified with communication disorders were brought to the SFA campus for speech therapy. When Federal regulations changed, the children were served at the Head Start Center. Therapy was conducted in several small rooms and offices. A new building was later constructed at the Head Start site which included a large Skills Center. That provided space to offer both group and individual therapy. All of the children in the classes were brought to the Skills Center weekly for literacy based language stimulation activities. The children who were eligible for speech therapy also received two small group sessions. Audiological services have been provided for the children including annual hearing screenings and follow up evaluations. Services are provided by SFA as a part of a Tri-alliance agreement between Head Start, NISD, and the SFA Stanley Clinic.
Little Jacks was originally housed in the old Birdwell Building. The student clinician work room was cleared out each week to set up for a group language stimulation activity for preschool children who demonstrated language delay. A preschool classroom was included in the new Human Services Building which opened in 2004. The preschool language stimulation group now had a well equipped space and was formally named the Little Jacks Program. Since that time, the language stimulation groups have met twice per week and have been led by graduate clinicians. Donations from the Nacogdoches Junior Forum and Student Government Association provided the seed monies for the fenced play area outside the Little Jack room.
What is it?
Little Jacks is a preschool language stimulation program for young children with language and learning delays or disorders. Little Jacks meets twice a week for 90 minute sessions. The sessions consist of sensory-stimulation activities, fine-motor tasks, music time, crafts, story time, outside play, snack time and two daily table activities during which the children's specific speech and language goals are targeted. Treatment is planned and implemented by graduate level speech pathology clinicians under the supervision of a licensed speech language pathologist.
Voice and Speech Science Lab
The SLP program has a speech and voice science laboratory which houses a Kay Computerized Speech Lab complete with Multispeech, Multidimensional voice profile (MDVP), voice range profile (VRP) as well as a standalone Visipitch station. It also contains an IBM Speech Viewer and a MedRX video laryngoscope. These acoustic analysis instrumentation and software packages are used in both assessment and treatment of voice and motor speech disorders.