Specialized Training

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

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The purpose of Project Building Bridges is to prepare fully credentialed Speech Language Pathologists to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse children with significant disabilities and augmentative communicationneeds, ages birth to 21. Project scholars will complete a Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders in a two-year time frame, with a concentration in AAC and a focus on cultural and linguistic diversity. Scholar competencies to be acquired include: (a) culturally responsive AAC assessment; (b) culturally responsive AAC intervention; (c) collaborative teaming; and (d) development of AAC applications to support the language and literacy skills of culturally and linguistically diverse children and youth.

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Autism Specialization

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Students who have been accepted into the Master's Program in the Communicative Disorders (CD) program can apply to gain a specialization in autism. The purpose of Project Common Ground is to prepare speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to work effectively with diverse children on the autism spectrum from birth to 21 years across home, school and community settings. The program is committed to promoting neurodiversity and supporting increased engagement, social integration, and quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.