Opal Hicks

The Surprising Mrs. Hicks

January 17, 2019 — Nancy Joseph

In her 44 years as staff in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHSC), Opal Hicks was always “Mrs. Hicks” to her colleagues. As program assistant and graduate secretary for the department, she was caring but unassuming, helping guide graduate students through numerous bureaucratic challenges.

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Parents learn, babies talk: How coaching moms and dads leads to better language skills among infants

November 26, 2018 — Kim Eckart

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A UW summer camp helps teens who stutter find their voices

August 29, 2018 — Kim Eckart

The assignment sat before him: a Mad Lib, one of those goofy, improvised stories that rely on random nouns, verbs and adjectives.

So 17-year-old Brandon began to tell the story, a made-up scene from a horror movie. Haltingly, he tried to form the words aloud: “choice,” “car,” “convention.”

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‘Teachers are brain engineers’: UW study shows how intensive instruction changes brain circuitry in struggling readers

June 14, 2018 — Kim Eckart

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Want to help your child succeed in school? Add language to the math, reading mix

May 17, 2018 — Kim Eckart

Research shows that the more skills children bring with them to kindergarten – in basic math, reading, even friendship and cooperation – the more likely they will succeed in those same areas in school. Hence, “kindergarten readiness” is the goal of many preschool programs, and a motivator for many parents.

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During the training, medical students participate in several role-playing scenarios, with Speech and Hearing Sciences students in the role of patients with communication disorders.

Preparing Doctors for Challenging Conversations

April 26, 2018 — Nancy Joseph

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) offers training to UW medical students each year to improve their interactions with patients with communication disorders. During the two-hour session, the medical students have opportunities to practice what they learn, with Speech and Hearing Sciences students role-playing as patients.

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‘Differences can be a part of their skills’: Pilot program at UW offers on-the-job training for young adults with autism

April 5, 2018 — Kim Eckart

Project SEARCH helps Adults with Autism gain skills that can translate to other jobs as they begin looking for full-time work.

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Summer Stuttering Camp for Teens

March 15, 2018 — Speech & Hearing Clinic

The 5th annual Summer Stuttering Camp for Teens will take place June 25-29, 2018, at the University of Washington Speech and Hearing Clinic.

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FDA OK's UW-created therapy to protect hearing

February 5, 2018 — Brian Donohue

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New app rates restaurant noise levels

January 31, 2018 — Lisa Jennings

Consumers can use social media to rate a restaurant’s food, ambiance or speed of service. Now a new app will allow diners to rate the noise levels at their favorite eatery.

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