Article: BYU NSSLHA Halloween Carnival
I wrote this article covering a Halloween event for the David O. McKay School of Education at BYU. It’s a short feature highlighting a fun annual event for children with speech, language, and hearing disabilities. Below the article there is a link to the published version.
2017 BYU NSSLHA Halloween Carnival Is Scary Fun
Student volunteers and BYU Speech Clinic clients celebrate the
spooky season together with fall activities
How do you get a Jedi, a superhero, and Aladdin all in the same room? Celebrate Halloween! The BYU chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) did just that with the 2017 NSSLHA Halloween Carnival on October 26.
The BYU Speech and Language Clinic offers evaluations and treatment services for speech, language, voice, fluency, and aural rehabilitation. The clinic has anywhere from 20 to 60 patients being treated by 20 to 25 student clinicians during most of the year.
Those patients and Communication Disorder students from the David O. McKay School of Education came together to have some fun and celebrate the season. Summer Price, president of BYU NSSLHA said, “It’s a good time to get together with the clients of the speech clinic in a more relaxed setting, rather than just doing speech therapy. They’re able to have a good time, bring their families, and spend a fun evening in the Taylor Building.”
Fun was not in short supply. At the carnival, the kids had plenty of exciting stations to choose from, including:
- Bag decorating
- Coloring pages
- Go Fish
- Beanbag toss
- Sugar cookie decorating
- Face painting
Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker set aside their differences to decorate cookies, while Aladdin hurled beanbags at scary-looking witches; NSSLHA volunteers laughed along and enjoyed the experience.
The BYU chapter of the NSSLHA connects students with other communication disorders students and professionals, provides information about the latest advancements in the field, and informs pre-professionals about available career paths.
NSSLHA member Jennifer Dietrick said, “[NSSLHA has] different activites that we get to do. We get to help with the carnival, and they also help prepare us for grad school and give us ideas for things we should be working on to prepare for that.”
For the NSSLHA volunteers, the carnival was more than good fun; it was a glimpse into the future. Megan Prien said, “We’re involved with what we want to do for the rest of our lives, but before we can actually be [in the field].”
Like always, this autumn tradition was all treats and no tricks for the patients and volunteers.