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Better Hearing and Speech Month


Meet Kara Gibson, MA, CCC-SLP

 How long have you been employed at UMMC; what is your sub-specialty and why did you choose this area to focus on?
"I started at UMMC in November of 1996 as a clinical fellow. I planned to return to Memphis after completing my fellowship, but I'm still here! I see primarily pediatric patients, but have seen the occasional adult with vpi. My area of interest is craniofacial/cleft palate, including resonance disorders and velopharyngeal insufficiency. I was asked to help start a craniofacial team with Dr. Angel (plastic surgery) in the 1996-1997 academic year. I had little experience in that area and began to research best practice and go to seminars on cleft palate speech. The patients and their families got my attention, my interest, and my heart. Working on the interdisciplinary team and seeing it change and grow has kept me interested in and fascinated by this work.

What is one thing you wish your patients knew about speech?
"I wish more of my patients understood the value of consistent home practice. The patients who practice at home progress through their goals much faster than those whose familes rely on the once a week therapy sessions for practice."

 What is the one thing you wish your patients knew about the relationship of ENT health/early testing as it pertains to speech?
"I hope they know how important it is to take care of the ears and make sure the hearing is adequate in order to develop good speech-language skills".

Where did you get you education/degree from?
"University of Memphis"

Is there anything you would like for your patients to know about yourself?
"I think my patients and their families know me pretty well. I hope they know that I don't always know the answers, but I am always going to do whatever I can to figure it out".