HAYS, KS -- The Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic was honored on Oct. 19 by the Foster Grandparent Program for its summer program "Fun in the Sun 2001."
The award recognizes the FHSU program's "tireless efforts and participation in the Foster Grandparent Program." It was presented to "Fun in the Sun" director Dorothy Fulton, assistant professor of communication disorders, at the Fourth Annual Recognition Ceremony of the Foster Grandparent Program at FHSU.
During the four-week-long summer program, three foster grandmothers assisted communication disorders faculty and graduate student clinicians in teaching phonemic awareness to children with speech and/or language deficits. Children who lack good phonemic awareness have difficulty relating the sounds of letters to their written form, which can result in poor spelling and, more seriously, a reluctance to write.
"Fun in the Sun" was implemented in the summer of 2000. The children carried out a variety of activities like painting and making their own snacks that were designed to enhance their phonemic skills. The foster grandmothers provided a vital component to the program as they helped set up the activities and read to the children.