Internship Placements in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Variability is the Norm This article reports on the results of an e-mail survey that was summarized and presented at the Annual Conference for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders (CAPCSD) on April 15, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) programs certified by the ASHA ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2004
Internship Placements in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Variability is the Norm
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  • Patti Solomon-Rice
    San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
  • Judith Kuster
    Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
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Article   |   October 01, 2004
Internship Placements in Communication Sciences and Disorders: Variability is the Norm
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2004, Vol. 7, 10-11. doi:10.1044/ihe7.2.10
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2004, Vol. 7, 10-11. doi:10.1044/ihe7.2.10
This article reports on the results of an e-mail survey that was summarized and presented at the Annual Conference for the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Science and Disorders (CAPCSD) on April 15, 2004 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) programs certified by the ASHA are required to provide a variety of clinical practicum experiences to master’s level speech-language pathology students graduating from their programs. These experiences must include clients that demonstrate a variety of communicative disorders. The new ASHA standards, effective January 1, 2005, identify nine key areas of communicative disorders, known as the “Big Nine.” The new ASHA standards also require that students obtain experiences across the lifespan with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Current standards, effective until December 31, 2004, require that students obtain these experiences in three varying settings. Programs often address the current requirements by providing clinical practicum experiences at an on-campus clinic, a school/pediatric based setting, and a medical/adult based setting. The clinic director of the program is most often the person who assigns student clinicians to these three settings.
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