The Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island provides academic and clinical programs that lead to the following degrees:
Undergraduate students majoring in Communicative Disorders learn about the scope of communication disorders that are treated by professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Understanding of the anatomical, physiological, neurological, linguistic, acoustic, cognitive, social and cultural bases of communication disorders is stressed. During their senior year, students have opportunities to participate in clinical observations and learn about the basic principles of evaluating and treating individuals with communication disorders.
The M.S. program is Speech-Language Pathology prepares students for careers as state licensed (by the Rhode Island Department of Health) and nationally-certified (by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) speech-language pathologists in a variety of work settings including schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. Students in the graduate program are provided with intensive clinical training at both the University of Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Center (located in Independence Square II) but also at a variety of off-campus sites.
The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association through 2013.
The first meeting of the University of Rhode Island Student Speech and Hearing Association (URISSLHA) chapter of national NSSLHA will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:15PM in the Galanti Lounge (3rd floor of the library).
Barbara Culatta, Professor and Dean at Brigham Young University will be speaking on Thursday, October 17, from 7-9 pm. The talk will be held in CBLS 010 and the title will be “Playful Practice to Teach Language and Literacy Skills”. Graduate students are required to attend; all others are invited to attend.
Professor Irene Walsh, Trinity College, Dublin will present a talk titled, "Identifying the demographic and communication profiles of children with a primary diagnosis of ADHD" on Tuesday, October 29th from 7-9 p.m. in Swan Auditorium (Swan Hall). All graduate students in CMD are required to attend.
Here are our URISSLHA officers (Left to Right below): Mary Loveley, secretary; Kristen Troy, historian; Jaclyn Schiemer, president; Lexi Caruso, treasurer; and Kristy Wallace, vice-president. We thank our outgoing board members: Shannon Witter, Meredith Fitzgibbon, Heidee Pottker and Jess Lally for all of their hard work. Shannon and Meredith are graduating in May, Heidee will be a second-year graduate student, and Jess is heading off to graduate school! Look for information about our first fall 2014 meeting here on the CMD web site.