College of Health and Human Services

Not being able to communicate effectively or understand people can be so discouraging and frustrating. It leaves you out – in the dark. Lauren Jones, director of the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic at Missouri State University, says parents usually become concerned around age 2 that their toddler isn’t talking as much as other children they know. Jones says that signs can be evident before that as well. The clarity or intelligibility of speech for a young child is another common concern, she noted. 

In January this year, Dr. Steve Stapleton took over the helm of Missouri State University’s School of Nursing. He replaced longtime director, Dr. Kathryn Hope, who retired.

Stapleton moved to Missouri from Illinois. He has 28 years of experience in the nursing profession in Chicago, working in emergency rooms, operating rooms and intensive care units. He also has experience in academia as a professor and research specialist. 

In the Midtown neighborhood of Springfield, the Ujima literacy program is helping to improve children’s literacy.

Ujima, a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility, is an effort made possible by several organizations. They include Missouri State University, Springfield Public Schools, Springfield NAACP, Springfield-Greene County Library, Parents as Teachers and the Bartley-Decatur Neighborhood Center.

Stress is natural and unavoidable. It is your reaction that you can control. One method of coping with stress is through meditation – and it is easier to introduce into your routine than you may assume. 

 

With the joy of the holidays also comes stress. It hits you from all sides: gift-giving, financial burdens, crowded malls, packed calendars.

 

It all adds up.  

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