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Jenna Didier

Jenna Didier

Major:  Communication Sciences and Disorders
Minor:  Psychology

Lizard Centre

The Lizard Centre is recognized as one of Australia's leading providers of effective evidence based intervention for young children with autism and related disorders.  The Centre opened its pediatric clinic in January 2003 and expanded to new premises in Chatswood in 2007.  Lizard opened its adult services program in 2008.  Lizard is the largest ABA clinic in Australia and is the largest private autism specific early intervention centre in NSW.  Lizard enjoys a solid reputation as Australia's pre-eminent provider of applied behavioural services.

Jenna's pre-trip thoughts

Internship:  Lizard Centre-The Lizard Centre provides a range of services for the treatment of children with autism.  They also have a speech pathology clinic, provide diagnostic services, educational solutions, behavior management clinic, positive parenting program and training workshops.  I will be working in the Autism Clinic.

Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program?  I am participating in this program because I know it will be a great experience and is the chance of a lifetime.  I am also participating in this program to grow as an individual-I feel fortunate to be able to take part in such an amazing experience before I graduate from Augustana.

What value do you hope to add back to the internship site?  I have had my own clients and have had the opportunity to have a great amount of clinical experience here at Augustana.  With this internship I will learn more about the profession and will be better prepared for graduate school and the workforce.

What do you hope to learn on your internship?  I hope to learn how the American speech-pathology field differs from that of the Australian speech-pathology field.

Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"?  My top three places to travel while "down under" are Fiji, Fraser Island, and Melbourne.

What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"?  I anticipate EVERYTHING to be the highlight of my experience.  I think my internship experience will be amazing.  I think traveling will be amazing!  I am so excited to try surfing.  Lastly, I cannot wait to make memories with my best friends.