South Dakota LEND at Special Olympics Summer Games

June 28, 2023

Figure 1. Volunteers at Healthy Hearing Screening stations, SD Special Olympics Summer Games in Spearfish, SD.
Figure 1. Volunteers at Healthy Hearing Screening stations, SD Special Olympics Summer Games in Spearfish, SD.

South Dakota LEND faculty and alums volunteered for Healthy Hearing Screenings at the South Dakota Special Olympics 2023 Summer Games in Spearfish, SD.  Marni Johnson Martin (Interdisciplinary Training and Clinic Director – USD Center for Disabilities),  Elizabeth (Liz) K. Hanson (SD LEND Discipline Head for SLP and Research) were joined by former discipline head, Paul Brueggeman (Audiology) and graduated trainees: Carly Johnson (Audiology) and Maya Gogoi (Medicine), along with other volunteers, to screen 90 individuals.

The team provides visual comprehension supports to help athletes navigate to the screening stations and video models at each station help them understand the procedures.  This is the 11th year that LEND faculty, trainees, and/or alums have volunteered for Healthy Hearing at South Dakota Special Olympics events!
Figure 2. Visual Comprehension Support used to help athletes navigate through hearing screening stations at SD Special Olympics Summer Games - Healthy Hearing

Figure 2. Visual Comprehension Support used to help athletes navigate through hearing screening stations at SD Special Olympics Summer Games - Healthy Hearing

Figure 3.  Example of a video model used at each hearing screening stations to help athletes understand screening procedures.

Figure 3.  Example of a video model used at each hearing screening stations to help athletes understand screening procedures.