Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Center’s Speech Pathologist Speaks to Rockwood Students

Gina Cato, Center chief speech-language pathologist, recently spoke to Rockwood Summit High School’s child development class in Fenton to expand the students’ knowledge of the speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology fields.  

Center SLPs have enlightened students in Rockwood School District’s popular Partners in Education (PIE) career day program for many years. Cato gives a presentation about speech-language pathology to a Rockwood high school child development class every semester.

 "The Center is pleased to participate in Rockwood's PIE program,” Cato said. “High school students who are interested in speech-language pathology and audiology can learn more about the field and decide if they are interested in the career.  They have shown an interest in working with children just by taking the child development class. Students can learn skills and information from the PIE program that they can apply to many different careers where they can work with children."

During her classroom visits, Cato explains what a SLP does, how an SLP is educated and gives an overview of early childhood language development.  Divided into small groups, the students design language activities they could conduct with a child in the high school’s on-site preschool classroom.

PIE impacts more than 10,000 classrooms each year by partnering with community resources to provide curriculum-enhancing presentations and career programs. PIE’s goals are to add an exciting dimension to learning in the classroom; to expand students' awareness of career paths; to allow community organizations to establish their image among students of all ages; to directly impact the educational process; and to provide rewarding experiences for community volunteers.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides $1.75 million in speech-language and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. It is a proud member of the United Way and in October was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH award. The award is given to businesses and charities that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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