Impactful Practice

We seek to advance knowledge of evidence-based strategies for excellence in service provision by providing training and resources to educators, health-related service providers, and school- and non-school-based professionals.

Training

The Clinic offers customized trainings on a variety of topics, provided via professional development, workshops, and presentations. Clinicians, as individuals or in teams, can be hired to conduct training for school-based teams or school-wide audiences,  medical professionals, or other organizations. Training can be arranged face-to-face or virtually.

Several sample training topics are listed below. Please contact The Clinic to discuss your school or organization’s specific needs.

  • Promoting accessibility for deaf students in mainstream settings
  • Considerations of working with students using a trauma-sensitive lens
  • Empowering communication through echolalia
  • The role of assessment in understanding medically complex children
  • Integrating “academic” and “functional” learning for adolescent learners with special needs

 

Common questions that might lead to training:

  1. My school staff wants to better understand how to positively reinforce behaviors in classrooms with complex learners. Can The Clinic provide professional development for our school?
  2. A school in my district has just created a cohort class of students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Can The Clinic provide training to the teachers and teaching assistants to ensure we are following best practices?
  3. In our pediatrician’s office, we serve a large number of patients who have complex medical challenges. We are often asked by families for referrals for psychological/neuropsychological testing. Can you assist our staff to better determine if/when a referral for this testing is appropriate?
  4. Our organization has read a recently published article written by clinicians working with The Clinic. Could we hire you to present your findings and conduct a workshop for us?

Mentoring and Supervising Professionals

The Clinic is eager to support professionals through formal mentorship or supervisory opportunities. The Clinic is currently staffed by experts in psychology, speech and language, deaf and special education, literacy/reading, behavior, and assistive technology; our clinicians have extensive experience in working with specialized populations. We desire to raise the bar in service provision through mentoring and supervising pre-service educators and early career clinicians. This strengthens the knowledge base for supporting deaf and hearing individuals with complex communication needs.

Common questions that might lead to a mentoring or supervising relationship:

  1. I am a professor in a Communication Sciences department. I have a graduate student who is particularly interested in working with children who use AAC in a school setting. Might The Clinic arrange an opportunity for this student to meet with one of your clinicians?
  2. As a coordinator of preservice special education teachers, I am always looking for more opportunities for my college students to engage with practitioners in the field. Would it be possible for staff from The Clinic to work with these preservice teachers to discuss topics like assessment of students with special needs, and how to design a literacy program based on assessment results?
  3. I am in a doctoral program in clinical psychology and am interested in working with children with disabilities, specifically those with complex communication needs. Might it be possible to learn more about conducting assessments with this population from The Clinic?