Stephen F. Austin State University

Head Start

Head Start

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.