Born without a Tongue: A life of triumphs | Betty McMicken & Kelly Rogers | TEDxCSULB

Born without a Tongue: A life of triumphs | Betty McMicken & Kelly Rogers | TEDxCSULB

Kelly Rogers was born without a tongue and never been helped to speak or swallow. She taught herself. How does she do the impossible, speaks without a tongue? Dr.McMicken and Kelly are both exploring her remarkable  ability, literally one sound at a time. Here is their story.

This year Dr.  McMicken celebrates her 50th year in continuous clinical practice of Speech-Language Pathology. A three time graduate of the University of Southern California, she is most grateful for her education toward the career path that has given her enduring purpose and endless curiosity. Dr. McMicken served as professor and chair of the Department of Communication Disorders at CSULA, and is currently an associate professor emeritus at CSULB, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCIMC, and adjunct professor at Chapman University, has published Over 70 research studies, presented nationally and internationally including investigations into rehabilitation post treatment of head and neck cancer, neurological swallowing disorders, stuttering and congenital aglossia (the condition of being born without a tongue). Most recently she was selected as the 2015 recipient of CSULB’s Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award and ASHA’s Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award.

Kelly Rogers is a nationally and internationally known co-author, presenter of research articles and person with congenital aglossia. She is a research assistant to Dr. Betty McMicken and has been a volunteer in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at CSU Long Beach. Her co-authorship includes investigations into speech and swallowing, taste, and electro-palato patterns found in congenital aglossia.

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