Specialty Track in Speech-Language Pathology
Autism Spectrum Disorder
This program is funded by a U.S. Department of Education training grant entitled “Advanced Training for Speech-Language Pathologists to Address the Needs of Infants and Children with Autism.” Participation in the DHSS Autism Specialty track offers students the following program opportunities, among others:
- A minimum of 75% tuition support available
- Travel award: Trainees will receive funding to attend the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) annual meeting or the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Autism annual conference.
- Multidisciplinary training cohort: Trainees on this track will be selected from both the SLP program at VUMC and the Early Childhood Special Education program at VU.
- Enhanced coursework: Trainees from both programs will take classes together in the DHSS and Special Education.
- Advanced clinical skills training: Trainees from both programs will complete training and certification in autism screening (STAT) and autism assessment and diagnosis (ADOS).
- Extended clinical practicums: Trainees will receive extended placements in the Vanderbilt Preschool for Children with Autism (PCA) and the VBWC Autism Early Assessment & Diagnostic Clinic. Placements at these sites will include hands-on experience in delivering autism-specific therapeutic services and accumulation of required supervision hours from both a licensed SLP supervisor (supervised hours for CCC-SLP) and a licensed BCBA supervisor (supervised hours for BCaBA Certification).
- Autism Journal Club: Trainees will participate in a monthly journal club devoted to research-to-practice guided readings and discussions in the area of autism.
- Autism clinical research opportunities: SLP trainees who choose to do a research project will be linked to existing autism clinical research projects for support and mentoring of supervised research experiences. This will support one or more of the following products: Master’s Thesis project, conference presentations, authorship on journal article.
- Maymester: An immersive 3 week clinical placement working with children with ASD.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Jim Bodfish, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Identification and Management of Children with Hearing Loss
This program is funded by a U.S. Department of Education Training grant entitled “Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation to Serve Infants and Young Children with Hearing Loss”. Students enrolled in this Specialty Track will have additional coursework and practicum experience that will prepare them to work with infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This interdisciplinary approach to training – by combining core courses with speech-language pathology, audiology, and deaf education students, while continuing separate courses that are specific to their disciplines – is unique to our Vanderbilt program. For additional information, please contact Dr. Dana Kan (email@example.com).
School Specialty Track
The Vanderbilt Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers specialty track training in school speech-language pathology for those students who plan to pursue a career in schools working with students’ ages 3 through 21. The pediatric coursework in the required SLP curriculum provides a foundation for students to build additional skills for school speech-language pathology specialization. In particular, the language disorders course sequence and the speech sound disorders course are taught from the perspective of school-based practice, providing students a strong foundation in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Additionally, students on the School SLP Track participate in a one-credit seminar each semester (total of 5 semesters) and complete two school practicum experiences in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and a practicum in the Vanderbilt Reading Clinic. Additional professional development experiences that supplement academic training include Martha Lynch Lecture Series, It’s All About Language Workshops, and the annual School Speech-Language Pathology Conference at Vanderbilt as well as the MNPS SLP one-day conferences. For additional information, contact Dr. Melanie Schuele (firstname.lastname@example.org).
M.S.-SLP students who are interested in research and elect to do a thesis as part of their degree program will make their intention known (by completing the form located in the Vanderbilt Box) and submitting it to their advisor and the DHSS Vice Chair of Graduate Studies between the end of their first, and before the end of their second semesters of graduate studies. The Master’s thesis is optional and will be pursued by M.S.-SLP students pending mutual agreement of student thesis advisor and Vice Chair of Graduate Studies. During their thesis experience, students should register each semester for SLP 7999 Master’s Thesis Research, using the section number of the thesis advisor in order to reflect the work on their transcript.
Candidates shall submit the thesis to their thesis advisors no later than the fourteenth day before the end of the term in which the degree is to be received except for the spring term; a candidate who expects to graduate in May must submit the thesis to the Graduate Studies Office no later than April 1.
Please note that the Medical/Voice Specialty track is not currently available.