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New mural hopes to inspire speech at Hunter Hall Clinic

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A new mural in the Hunter Hall Clinic will give patients something to talk about — at least that’s the goal of the art work in one of the treatment rooms in the speech and language disorders clinic in downtown Mount Vernon.

The mural depicts a farm scene including a farmer and his family, and of course animals including cows, chickens, a pig, a dog, a cat, ducks and a sheep. It is the familiarity between young children and the animals that brings hope for success in therapy sessions.

“It is often hard to elicit verbal utterances from young children with language delay,” said Florence Lim-Hardjono, M.A., Ph.D. (ABD), CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor and Program Director for the CSD program. “However, they usually love farm animals. I am hoping that they would be excited when they see the mural. Their excitement might lead to spontaneous verbal utterances, such a pointing and saying, ‘cow.’”

The mural is a collaborative effort between the Communication Science and Disorders program and the Art program. Hardjono suggested the farm theme and junior fine arts major Liberty Lutes brought rural life to children in speech therapy. The project was directed by Professor John Donnelly with the support of Professor Margaret Allotey-Pappoe.

“It brightens up the room and makes the room less intimidating to young pediatric patients,” said Hardjono. “It helps young pediatric patients transition from waiting room to therapy room without hesitation and separation anxiety with their caregivers.”

Hardjono is grateful for the mural and is hopeful future partnerships will result in murals in the three remaining treatment rooms.

CSD majors in the second semester junior year, and seniors, serve as student clinicians in the clinic as they progress through their education to become speech language pathologists. In the clinic, they cater to pediatric and adult patients with disorders such as language, speech sound, voice and fluency. In addition, they treat those with communication disorders following a stroke, concussions or traumatic brain injuries.

“The opportunity for undergraduate students to practice under the supervision of a licensed speech language pathologist is very rare. Not many programs have this opportunity,” said Hardjono. “Having a clinic in Hunter Hall allows our students to be well prepared and ready for graduate school; strengthens our program as we strive to excel and graduate students who achieve excellence in academic and evidence-based practices; and serves the Mount Vernon community.”

Click here to learn more about MVNU’s Communication Science and Disorders major.

To read more on MVNU’s Art program, click here.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 31 states and 22 countries/U.S. territories.