Welcome to the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Department website.
This past year was another very exciting and productive year for our department, and collectively and individually, we all have accomplished a great deal!
This past year, several faculty members were trained in digital pedagogy and we were able to offer select graduate and undergraduate summer courses online! In addition, many instructors have infused the use of Simucase into their classes to enhance teaching and learning and also to allow students to gain clinical hours at the graduate level. We also continue to have excellent opportunities in our internship clinical programs including several of our summer programs, "Ready, Set, Read", where our students worked with children in developing language and literacy, and the "ITAP" program, an intensive treatment program for adults with aphasia where graduate students work with adult clients to increase overall communication abilities and life participation.
We are also excited about our Undergraduate Program and the addition of service-learning experiences through a partnership with the Baltimore City Public Schools and the PIEL program, which focuses on Response to Intervention. Last year, our NSSLHA chapter was active in raising $695 and collecting 387 books that were donated to Baltimore City Schools to support language and literacy! Students in the Operation Smile Club raised money to support 8 surgeries for Operation Smile through a World Smile Day Smile Cookie Sale and partnering with Campus Ministry to send the collection from Mass one weekend to the global Operation Smile organization.
This year, we are offering undergraduate internship experiences to students who complete the necessary prerequisites. We are grateful to Baltimore City Public Schools who are partnering with us to provide this experience. We continue to be fortunate to have strong partners who are interested in working with our faculty in training our students both in the Undergraduate and Graduate programs.
Our faculty continue to do awesome things both in and outside of the classroom! Many of our clinical and academic faculty presented at the annual ASHA convention in Los Angeles and at the ASHA Connect Convention in Baltimore. We were very excited to see so many of our current students and outstanding alums attend! See more of our faculty members’ accomplishments in our newsletter.
Related to grants, Dr. Lena Caesar received a two-year research grant from ASHA in support of her research project, "The Ecological Validity of Narrative Sample Analysis for Diagnosing Language Disorders in Guyanese Children." Dr. Caesar made several trips to Guyana to collect data and we look forward to seeing the outcomes from this important work. Dr. Lisa Schoenbrodt (and Dr. Leah Saal from the Education Department) received a grant from the Maryland Department of Disabilities titled "Learning to Lead" with the purpose of training Law Enforcement to communicate and engage with individuals with IDD/DD.
This past year also brought sadness as we lost a good friend and colleague, Ms. Ann Beetz. Ann lost her fight with Huntington’s Disease in January 2018 and, in her honor, her family has established the Ann Lambdin Beetz Huntington’s Disease Memorial Fellowship Fund for Speech Language Pathology. This fellowship will go towards supporting a graduate student who went to Loyola as an undergraduate. We are embarking on a fundraising campaign to add an additional $50,000 to the endowed fund her family created. If you feel you are able to make a gift, please reach out to Samantha Zipp Dowd in the Office of Advancement at Loyola who can help facilitate your generosity. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 617-2797. Thank you so much for your consideration to helping us honor Ann’s memory.
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Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D. CCC-SLP
Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences