Oral Communication Skills in Senior Citizens: A Community Service Model In this article, we describe a community service model developed by the Communication Disorders Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York. The model provides an additional clinical community experience for students in the program and is specifically designed to promote senior citizens’ oral discussion skills in group settings. Under ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2013
Oral Communication Skills in Senior Citizens: A Community Service Model
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Christine Kosky
    Department of Communication Disorders, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • Gloria Schlisselberg
    Department of Communication Disorders, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York
  • Disclosure: Christine Kosky has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
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  • Disclosure: Gloria Schlisselberg has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Gloria Schlisselberg has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Professional Issues & Training / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2013
Oral Communication Skills in Senior Citizens: A Community Service Model
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2013, Vol. 16, 28-38. doi:10.1044/ihe16.1.28
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2013, Vol. 16, 28-38. doi:10.1044/ihe16.1.28

In this article, we describe a community service model developed by the Communication Disorders Program at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York. The model provides an additional clinical community experience for students in the program and is specifically designed to promote senior citizens’ oral discussion skills in group settings. Under this model, students plan and apply different techniques and strategies to promote successful interactions and facilitate discussion groups in community-based and private residential facilities. Students have an opportunity to interact with other health care professionals and develop collaborative skills. We discuss specific procedures in the implementation of the model, as well as its benefits.

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