Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) is a growing health concern in our aging population and a common secondary disorder associated with dementia and stroke. Additionally, loss of hearing associated with aging affects approximately 30% of adults age 65 years and older and approximately half of the population over age 75.
The purpose of this funding priority is to expand adult services provided by the Department of Communication Disorders and the Geneva Herndon Speech-Language pathology Clinic. This expansion would include enhanced training and services related to dysphagia and hearing screenings provided in the Western Kansas service area of Fort Hays State University.
KMF believes that several specific outcomes would be seen through this funding priority:
- 100% of SLP graduate students will be exposed to FEES Training in the classroom setting
- 75% of SLP graduates will gain FEES experience in the clinical setting prior to their externship
- 3 external partnerships for FEES services will be established in the first year
- 100% of SLP graduate students will participate in clinical hearing screenings for older adults
- Hearing screenings will be conducted at 6 unique off-campus sites per year
In addition to the possible growth of business in Kansas through this program, students will also benefit from:
- Improved academic performance, school attendance; and educational attainment
- Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities
- Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
- Enhanced social psychological development (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy)