The Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC) has been awarded a $78,632 grant from the Marion I. and Henry J. Knott Foundation to purchase state-of-the-art technology to enhance and supplement its treatment services and graduate training programs in speech-language pathology/audiology, education, and psychology. The funding will allow the LCC to procure numerous multimedia devices, including 52 iPads, 10 laptops, and video streaming and monitoring equipment to benefit clients and graduate student training alike. With this innovative technology, 196 supervised graduate students will serve more than 1,757 clients per year at three clinical center locations in and around the Baltimore/Washington area, improving clients’ communication, literacy, and social skills, and introducing caregivers to the latest therapeutic applications.
“I am incredibly grateful for the Knott Foundation’s generous support of the Clinical Centers and our commitment to social change through graduate student education and service to the community, the nation, and the world,” said Janet Simon Schreck, M.S., CCC-SLP, executive director of the LCC. “Once in place, these new technological resources will prove to be an important and effective enhancement to therapy, hopefully increasing therapeutic effectiveness and decreasing the time required to achieve client goals.”
Within one year, those resources will be concentrated in three divisions within the LCC: speech-language pathology/audiology, psychology, and the Literacy Scholars program. Speech-language pathology/audiology, which focuses on communications skills, is slated to receive new equipment to create innovative opportunities for language stimulation. For example, therapists will use an iPad like a mirror for clients who need to imitate an exercise and have that exercise recorded for review. They will also use various “apps” to facilitate communication in children with autism and adults who have suffered strokes. The LCC staff will also aggregate, analyze, and interpret data gathered from technology implementation over the course of the grant period.
About the Knott Foundation:
Based in Baltimore, Md., the Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation is a Catholic family foundation committed to honoring its founders’ legacy of generosity to strengthen the community.
About the Loyola Clinical Centers:
The Loyola Clinical Centers provides quality facilities and treatment for people experiencing difficulties in the areas of psychology, pastoral counseling, literacy, hearing, speech, and language. It is one of the only interdisciplinary graduate training clinics in the United States, and through its partnership with Loyola University Maryland’s graduate programs, it provides a unique approach to clinical training that emphasizes comprehensive care and commitment to community. The LCC operates in three locations: Loyola Clinical Centers Belvedere Square and Loyola/Notre Dame Library in Baltimore, and Loyola’s Columbia Graduate Center in Columbia, Md. and at various on-site facilities.
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