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Local Valdosta students present research at state convention
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Valdosta State University students from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders were invited to present research at the 2017 Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention in Athens, Georgia. The theme was "Joining Together for Success."

April Ward of Richmond Hill presented original research titled "A Comparison of Healthcare Professionals and Non-Healthcare Professionals' Performance on the Short Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults."

Hollee Eastwood of Richmond Hill presented original research titled "The Effects of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Dysphagia Secondary to Head and Neck Cancer."

During the three-day conference, the VSU students were able to expand their knowledge base by listening to nationally, state and locally recognized experts from the speech-language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy and assistive technology fields. They were also able to network with educators and professionals in their chosen career field and learn about the latest research being conducted by students at colleges and universities around the state.

The Georgia Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a professional association of individuals specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of communication, swallowing and hearing disorders. It advocates for the professional interests of its members and the individuals they serve and provides a forum for the exchange of professional information and ideas.

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