University Student Clinical Training


Independent study and volunteer opportunities: These training positions are available in the Fall and Spring semesters as well as during Summer Session I. They include opportunities for students to facilitate the development of speech, language, and literacy of children with and without language impairment in the context of their daily preschool program. In this setting, students are involved in planning and implementing individual, small-group, and classroom activities with children at Wings on Words. Within this experience, students also observe speech/language therapy sessions and help extend therapy gains into the classroom. Students who complete this mentored service learning experience may be eligible to undertake further independent study opportunities as a “Clinician Assistant” or “Assessment/Screening Assistant.”


Clinical Training: The Center’s professional training programs provide opportunities for university students to receive hands-on experience in evaluating and treating language disorders in young children. Students are supervised by certified speech-language pathologists as they provide therapy in individual, small-group, and large group settings. Students also collaborate with professionals from other disciplines as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and form an integral part of the Center’s community outreach programs.


Research Training: Graduate and undergraduate students are trained to conduct research with the children who participate in the various programs described above. The Center’s research goal is to a) assess the strengths and needs that children with impaired language skills bring to language-learning tasks, b) identify the treatment conditions under which learning is facilitated, and c) apply the results in intervention and therapy. As the children learn new aspects of language in interactive, child-friendly play sessions, researchers document how successful learning is achieved. The conditions that facilitate successful learning are then tested in larger group and therapy settings for subsequent application.