JEDDAH - A number of senior students of Dar Al-Hekma University's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) participated in the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention held in Boston, USA, between 15th and 17th November 2018.
The ASHA Convention is an annual educational event that provides the latest research and resources in form of seminars, workshops or poster presentations which are done by speech-language pathologists (SLP), audiologists (AuD), and speech, language and hearing scientists. In addition, students from the same field are given the opportunity to share their research findings at the convention. The estimated number of attendees every year is 15,000 from all over the world.
Dr. Sana Askool, Dean of Student Affairs at Dar Al-Hekma University, accompanied the students who presented their research projects.
The accepted posters for presentation included a study entitled "The Impact of Knowledge of Tajweed on Arabic Speaking Students Performance in Phonetics", aiming to explore if there was a correlation between knowledge of Tajweed and performance on an assessment of phonetic knowledge and transcription skills. Students from Dar Al-Hekma SLHS Department participated in the study, authored by Forat Sindi, Gadeer Al-Ghalib, Yusra Mandurah, Zainab Sakouti, Aamna Ali, Ahad Alabdulatif, Farah Hamoud and supervised by Dr. Areej Asseri, Acting Dean, Hekma School of Education and Health Science.
Another study was presented entitled "Stuttering and Marriage: The Perspective of Saudi Youth", which investigates the perceptions of Saudi male and female youth about marrying a person who stutters. The study looked at survey responses of 195 males and 195 females to study the Saudi youth's exposure, awareness, attitudes and acceptance towards stuttering. It was conducted by Aamna Ali, Forat Sindi, Sarah Bahbeshi, Yusra Mandurah and supervised by Dr. Sameera Dehaithem, Doctor of Clinical Science (CScD), Speech-Language Pathologist.
The topics included a study entitled "Arab Association of Speech Language Pathology", which is a pilot project aimed at creating a unifying platform for all the Arab SLPs and students to access resources, information, and services regarding speech and language pathology. It also aims to empower and support professionals while establishing a society that represents this field in the Arab world. It was authored by Aamna Ali, Gadeer Al-Ghalib, Forat Sindi, Hanaa Suleman, Hind AlAhmadi and Supervised by Dr Yasser Al-Sa'bi, Director of Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology Program.
Dr. Suhair Al-Qurashi, President of Dar Al-Hekma University, said the university has adopted from the start a holistic approach to education across all its academic programs. As an innovative institution, Dar Al-Hekma presents students with unique opportunities to take part in global conventions to showcase their skills and exchange knowledge and benefit from international practices and expertise so that they can contribute positively to the development of their society in the future.
Also, three SLHS alumna were accepted to present their research poster at ASHA convention including a study entitled "The effect of counseling on reducing stress and anxiety for SLP students", which was conducted by Rawan Al-Daqas, Maram Madah, Rawan Abdullaal and Supervised by Dr. Nada Faquih, assistant professor in Speech-Language Pathology.