This award is selected via membership vote to a member of HACD who has given unique service to this professional organization over an extended period of time.
This year we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Tina E. Bangs Service Award!
Tina Bangs and her husband Jack Bangs were recruited in the 1950s by a group of influential local investors to form a speech and hearing clinic in Houston. Tina and Jack secured the land and the funding in the Texas Medical Center for what became the Houston Speech and Hearing Center. Five years later, they added 4 additional floors to their original 2-story building.
Jack, one of the founders of the Texas Speech Language Hearing Associaton, passed away in the 1970s whlle he was in office as president of ASHA. Following Jack’s death, Tina became director of the Houston Speech and Hearing Center which, for 40 years, was one of the largest and premier speech and hearing clinics in the United States.
Tina was one of the founders of Pre Kindergarten education in this country. First published in1968, her book entitled Language and Learning Disorders of the Pre-academic Child: with Curriculum Guide was very well received and was used as evidence in the US congress to begin federal funding of Preschool education for children. Pre-K education, with a planned curriculum, was unheard of at that time. It had been widely accepted that toddlers had no need for prior preparation before entering school. Tina firmly believed that if a child could walk, he or she was eligible to enter the classroom.
Tina’s curriculum for Pre-K children with communication challenges included a staff of over a dozen SLPs and several Audiologists and Diagnosticians, as well as the participation of parents in daily classes—something we now take for granted as absolutely integral to a child’s education had never been done before Babies in the Houston Speech and Hearing Center were fitted with hearing aids, which was also revolutionary (this was before cochlear implants).
The Houston Speech and Hearing Center became one of the components of the University of Texas Health Center in the Medical Center.
Tina eventually retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Texas, but continued to carry a heavy national, and international, speaking load in her retirement until her health eventually failed.
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