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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 60, Number 13 (May 1959)

McGrath, Hazel
To speak, to hear,   pp. [25]-26

Page [25]

to speak,
to hear
HIS MONTH           of May has been
    labeled "National Hearing Month."
Attention will be focused across the
country on the problems of those who
live in a world of silence, shut off from
easy commerce with their fellow men.
  Since 1914, when Dr. Smiley Blanton
came to Wisconsin to teach speech pa-
thology-and to establish the clinic as
the first of its kind on any college cam-
pus-thousands of men, women, and
children have climbed to the fourth
floor of Bascom Hall for help to over-
come the handicaps which prevent them
from participating freely in the life
around them.
   "Patients ranging in age from 3 to
70 have come to us from every corner
of Wisconsin," Dr. Irwin recently ex-
plained. "They are sent to us by their
family doctors, by speech correctionists,
by health nurses, by teachers."
  If the patient lives in the Madison
       By Hazel McGrath
area he comes to the Clinic for therapy;
otherwise, a clinician or teacher in his
own area is put in charge of his treat-
  Some, particularly the children, first
go for mental testing to the University
Psycho-educational Clinic, directed by
Dr. Gwen Arnold. When their report
is in, the Speech and Hearing Clin-
ic's work begins.
  If the patient has a hearing difficulty,
his case is diagnosed by the new asso-
ciate director of the Clinic, Dr. Claude
S. Hayes, who decides whether the diffi-
culty will respond to any of the various
therapies available. Dr. Arnold Aronson
does the same for the speech patients.
   Among the current patients of the
Clinic in Bascom Hall is a professional
man of middle age who is afflicted with
aphasia (impairment of the power to
use or understand speech) as the result
of a stroke. He has been coming in for
Here, a clinician helps a young patient dis-
tinguish between sounds, with electronic aid.

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