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A Day in the Life of a Speech-Language Pathologist

Instructor: Joni Mack

Joni Mack earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Illinois and worked in a variety of clinical settings — including birth-to-three, preschool and elementary-aged programs —  before joining the communication sciences and disorders faculty at Augustana College.

Program dates: June 22-26, 2014

Program cost: $600

Includes lodging, all meals and any field trips. Students arrive on campus Sunday, June 22, and depart Thursday, June 26.

Course description

Discover the importance of communication in this four-day hands-on experience in Augustana's Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. Students will observe children with communication disorders, talk with their parents, and assist professional speech-language pathologists in our fun summer therapy program for children with communication impairments. On the last day the students will introduce their own creative therapeutic activity.

There is a limit of 10 students for this course.

Tentative schedule

Sunday, June 22

  • Check-in

  • Welcome reception

Monday, June 23

  • Program introduction and orientation

  • Introduction to speech sound disorders

  • Introduction to language disorders

  • Observation of clients at the Center for Speech, Language, Hearing

  • Guest speaker — parent of a child with autism

Tuesday, June 24

  • Planning for intervention

  • Case study: Review background information on children with speech sound disorders and language disorders

  • Project: Develop intervention activity for a specific client

  • Observe clinical faculty during an intervention session

  • Search for ideas/information

  • Plan and prepare intervention materials

Wednesday, June 25

  • Finalize intervention materials

  • Observe clinical faculty during individual and group intervention sessions

Thursday, June 26

  • Discussion: Review of speech, language, voice and fluency disorders

  • Discussion: Review of the intervention process

  • Project: Use developed activity during group intervention session