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ERIC Number: EJ930691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0042-8639
Nazareth College: Specialty Preparation for Speech-Language Pathologists to Work with Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Brown, Paula M.; Quenin, Cathy
Volta Review, v110 n2 p297-304 Sum 2010
The specialty preparation program within the speech-language pathology master's degree program at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, was designed to train speech-language pathologists to work with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, ages 0 to 21. The program is offered in collaboration with the Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID). The specialization has been offered since 2002 and has received federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs since its inception. As conceived, the program aims to train speech-language pathologists to meet the diverse needs of infants and children in early intervention programs, mainstream settings, and schools for the deaf. This program is grounded in the philosophy that access to spoken language and meaningful interaction using spoken language is essential for developing speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills associated with academic and career success. The program prepares speech-language pathologists to work with a linguistically and culturally diverse group of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, specifically with individuals who use cochlear implants, ranging in age from infants to young adults. Students pursue a sequence of courses in which they develop the necessary knowledge and skills to partner with families and other professionals in early intervention and school settings to foster spoken language competence, literacy, and social-cognitive skills, which lead to academic success. In addition to course requirements, students choosing this specialty complete 75 of the ASHA-required 400 hours of clinical practicum at sites that enable them to gain experience with children and adolescents who are deaf or hard of hearing. Program graduates work with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of settings across the country. While the program has been successful, a desired change would be to reach more individuals and have a greater impact. This could be accomplished through increased funding for graduate study, bringing more students to campus or increasing enrollment through distance learning.
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: New York