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ERIC Number: EJ930689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Fontbonne University: Collaboration in Speech-Language Pathology and Early Intervention in Deaf Education
Rice, Gale; Lenihan, Susan
Volta Review, v110 n2 p293-296 Sum 2010
Children with hearing loss are best served through the collaborative efforts of their parents and a team of professionals. For communication development and educational achievement, speech-language pathologists and teachers of the deaf working together can have a profound impact. A collaborative approach to assessment, direct instruction, and consultation with parents, general education teachers, and other professionals provides the best support for a child with a hearing loss in all stages including early intervention and mainstream services. A collaborative approach involves more than multiple professionals providing services to a child; it is a way of problem solving and interacting that optimizes outcomes for a child's development and educational achievement. While many professionals learn how to collaborate on the job, the Center for Teacher and Therapist Education at Fontbonne University was intentionally designed to encourage the development of collaborative skills in future speech-language pathologists, teachers of the deaf, and general and special education teachers. Fontbonne University began offering undergraduate programs in speech-language pathology and deaf education in the 1960s and the graduate program in speech-language pathology was established in 1975. In 2001, the university established a graduate program in early intervention in deaf education in response to universal newborn hearing screening programs that were identifying children with hearing loss at younger ages and to meet the need for professionals to provide services to these infants, toddlers, and their families. Also in 2002, the speech-language pathology program began offering an emphasis on education in deafness to increase the depth of coursework and practicum in that field. Both the early intervention in deaf education and speech-language pathology graduate program with an emphasis on education in deafness were designed through the collaborative efforts of advisory groups of speech-language pathologists and deaf educators who were experienced leaders in auditory-based education. The best measure of the effectiveness of Fontbonne's collaborative model is in the professional behavior of the graduates. Currently, a number of program graduates are working together in OPTION Schools and public school programs.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. 3417 Volta Place NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 202-337-5220; Fax: 202-337-8314; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Missouri