Extraordinary Moments: Kate Danker

Speech and Hearing Sciences student Kate Danker is changing the world one child at a time

Andrew Lee and Ryan Newman

The College of Arts and Sciences is a place where career preparation meets personal passion.

Just ask Kate Danker, a graduate student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences who works in the department’s preschool program for language development. This program brings campus and community together, offering students a place to employ the skills they’ve learned in the classroom and change the world one child at a time.

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[Ambient music begins playing]

00:06 --> 00:09 Annette Champion: "This program was established in the mid-1970s."

00:09 --> 00:14 "One of the clinical faculty members thought it would be a nice idea for students

00:15 --> 00:18 to be able to observe speech-language pathology happening in a natural setting."

00:18 --> 00:25 "I’ve known Kate since she first arrived at IU, and what’s been really fun this semester

00:25 --> 00:31 is to see how much confidence she’s gotten and how she can think on her own

00:31 --> 00:33 and be creative on her own."

00:35 --> 00:38 Kate Danker to Joseph: "Hi, Joseph! Hi! You ready to go sign in?"

00:39 --> 00:40 Kate Danker: "Joseph is so much fun."

00:40 --> 00:44 "I love when he comes in the door every single time for preschool."

00:44 --> 00:46 "It’s like he’s coming here for the first time."

00:46 --> 00:48 Kate: "Hickory, dickory, dock."

00:49 --> 00:51 "The mouse ran up the clock."

00:51 --> 00:53 Kate: "Can you draw a mouse?"

00:54 --> 00:58 Annette: "The children that come to our program receive speech-language services."

00:58 --> 01:00 "We focus on speech sounds and on language development."

01:00 --> 01:02 All: "Razzle, dazzle."

01:03 --> 01:08 Annette: "We’re using multiple modalities to teach them to be better communicators

01:08 --> 01:11 and prep them for school."

01:11 --> 01:14 Haruko Murphy: "We’ve always just felt great about the fact

01:14 --> 01:21 that our little ones are contributing to these young people’s higher education."

01:24 --> 01:25 All: "Warm."

01:25 --> 01:27 All: "Sunny."

01:27 --> 01:28 Child: "We're going outside!"

01:28 --> 01:31 Teacher: "And we can go outside!"

01:32 --> 01:37 Kate: "You use communication in every part of everyday of your life."

01:38 --> 01:45 "Language really plays a part in these kids creating friendships and learning how to play together."

01:48 --> 01:49 Kate: "Ready?"

01:49 --> 01:54 Annette: "I get the pleasure of actually observing Kate and Joseph

01:54 --> 01:56 when they do individual one-on-one sessions."

01:56 --> 01:59 "In those sessions, they have so much fun."

01:59 --> 02:01 "He doesn’t even realize he’s working."

02:01 --> 02:02 Kate: "Slope."

02:02 --> 02:04 Joseph: "Slope."

02:04 --> 02:07 Kate: "Both parts of your sound! That is awesome! Here you go!"

02:07 --> 02:09 Annette: "He just thinks he’s having a good time with Kate."

02:10 --> 02:11 "To me, that’s what it’s all about."

02:11 --> 02:14 "We want to help them, but we want it to be a pleasant experience."

02:14 --> 02:15 Kate: "Where does your tongue go? Show me."

02:15 --> 02:16 Both: "La."

02:16 --> 02:18 Kate: "Just like that."

02:18 --> 02:23 Kate: "I think kids in general just have a different worldview than we do."

02:23 --> 02:27 "And when you spend time with them, you do learn from them because

02:27 --> 02:30 they’re coming at everything from a different point of view."

02:30 --> 02:35 "I feel like I’ve learned from them and, hopefully, they’ve learned from me." [Kate laughs.]

[Ambient music plays, and fades away.]

Venture Production Group

This film was produced by Venture Production Group. Andrew Lee (B.A. ’06, Telecommunications) serves as executive producer for the company, and Ryan Newman  (B.A. ’07, Telecommunications) serves as creative director.