Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-03-02

Samford University education students Kathryn Hern and Lauren Wasby were chosen to present papers at a recent meeting of the Alabama Federation-Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The annual conference was held in Birmingham.

Hern's paper on "Recipes for Successful Independent Living" tied for first place in the student competition. The presentation highlighted a cooking guide designed to give adults with disabilities increased independence. Hern is a senior early childhood special education major from Eagen, Minn.

Wasby's paper, "Second Language Acquisition: Benefits for Young Children with Special Needs," examined the neurology behind second language acquisition. She is a senior early childhood special education major from Roswell, Ga.

In addition, educators Sara Marat and Diane Baker, who teach at Samford's Children's Learning Center, presented a paper "Using Sign Language with Very Young Children." The paper reviewed the use of sign language with children who are developing typically as well as those who have disabilities.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.