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.


Professionals affiliated with The Clinic share their expertise with other professionals by offering a variety of types of training, including professional development, workshops, and presentations. Topics can include providing academic or therapeutic support to specialized populations, conducting assessments with children who communicate using American Sign Language (ASL) or augmentative or alternative communication (AAC), promoting accessibility for deaf students in mainstream settings, and supporting children with specific medical conditions. Training is available to educators and school-based professionals, as well as to medical and non-school-based professionals. In addition, training can be arranged face-to-face or virtually, based on the needs and preferences of the contracting professionals or organization and The Clinic.

Several sample training topics are listed below. Please contact The Clinic to discuss your school or organization’s specific needs.
Social-emotional functioning among students with special needs
Considerations of working with students using a trauma-sensitive lens
The role of assessment in understanding medically complex children
Integrating media technology for diverse populations
The benefits of STEAM-based learning for students with special needs

Common questions that might lead to training:

  1. I am a district superintendent. My staff at one school has requested professional development (PD) training to better understand how to positively reinforce behaviors in the classroom. At another school, the staff has requested PD focused on supporting students’ social-emotional learning. Is it possible to hire The Clinic to provide PD?
  2. 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. Would it be possible for The Clinic to provide training to our medical staff about what kinds of questions assessment can address? Can you assist our staff to better determine if/when a referral for this testing is appropriate?
  3. A school in my district has just created a cohort class of students who use AAC. Can The Clinic provide training to the teachers and teaching assistants to ensure we are following best practices?
  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 training 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 a variety of experts, including a psychologist, speech/language pathologists, educators, a literacy/reading specialist, and a behavior analyst. These clinicians are unified by their extensive experience in working with specialized populations. Providing mentoring and supervising to newer clinicians and educators can serve to strengthen the knowledge base across all these fields and raise the bar regarding service provision.

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 help me to 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?