Language, Literacy, and Dragons

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November 7, 2017

Communication Sciences & Disorders is partnering with the Duluth Children’s Museum for Dragons, Queens, Kings, and Castles.”

The Communication Sciences and Disorders department invited the royal and the royal at heart to “Dragons, Queens, Kings, and Castles” at the Duluth Children’s Museum, 115 S. 29th Ave. W. from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, November 3. The event was free and open to the public.

This is the second year that the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) has partnered with the Duluth Children’s Museum in effort to raise awareness about literacy, language, and speech. “Part of our mission is to serve our community through collaborative events like this one, to identify and address unmet needs in our community, as well as to prepare our students to become excellent speech-language pathologists,” explains Jolene Hyppa Martin, CSD assistant professor. “Working with the Duluth Children's Museum is a win-win. It allows all of us to bring the important issues of literacy, speech, and language to the forefront while hosting an incredibly fun night for the children in our community.”

Hyppa Martin and her team of 19 CSD students and four staff members are offering free speech and language screening and providing information about UMD’s Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic’s services.

The literacy emphasis is presented through seven stations located throughout the museum– activities like dragon tag, royal rhyme and time, and reading children’s books.

Attendees were invited to celebrate the Dragons, Kings, Queens, and Castles theme by dressing in a costume.

More than 300 people attended the event last year.

CSD focuses on student education, research, and community service. The program prepares students to become speech-language pathologists, and provides free speech, language, and hearing services because of the generosity of the Eddy Foundation.