The mission of the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences is to provide the highest level of education, research, and service in communication sciences and disorders. Our award-winning faculty achieve this through:
- Research innovation
- Clinical Services
- Community outreach
- Training the next generation of clinicians and researchers
And through active collaborations across the campus.
New research from Dr. Yi Ting Huang, and co-authors Kathryn Leech and Meredith Rowe, tests a new theory about how a child’s socioeconomic status (SES) can impact children's language learning and comprehension early on in life. "Our research tests the hypothesis that all children—regardless of socioeconomic status—learn grammatical structure with minimal input, but hearing more language allows children to retrieve their knowledge from memory more efficiently during comprehension,” said Yi Ting Huang. “This means the effect of socioeconomic status on development reflects not a failure to learn language but challenges with recalling what has already been learned."
Are you a HESP undergraduate looking for ways to get involved with the department? HESP undergraduates at UMD have opportunities to gain research experience in labs run by HESP faculty, develop clinical skills, join student organizations, and volunteer for various organizations and events. Visit our new webpage to learn more about ways you can get involved: https://hesp.umd.edu/undergraduate/how-get-involved!
Due to changes in the demographic make-up of the US, SLP caseloads include more culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) clients than ever before. Often, CLD clients' unique needs are underserved and SLP's feel unprepared to provide culturally competent services to CLD clients. To address these challenges, HESP developed the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Emphasis Program (CLD-EP). The goal of the CLD-EP is to broaden students' understanding of culture and language in order to minimize disparities in service delivery to CLD populations.
For more than a decade, 22-year-old Robyn Bell had waded through what she describes as “communication hell” -- asking people to face her while talking so she could read their lips, sitting as close to the front of the classroom as possible and relying heavily on context clues, and, eventually, struggling to express herself to others when her own words came out as mumbles. After seeking help from six different audiologists, a discouraged Bell made the appointment that would change her life: with the University of Maryland’s Hearing and Speech Clinic.