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College Students Help Non-Verbal Children Communicate Many For The First Time - featured November 23, 2010

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[Source: Medical News]

Students majoring in communication disorders at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, are ahead of their peers nationwide who are working toward careers in speech pathology because of a one-of-a-kind program that gives the undergraduates more hands-on experience than most graduate students in the field.

The student-clinicians work at the Baldwin-Wallace Speech Clinic in one of two programs: a summer camp that runs two days a week; and a ten-month program that meets once a week during the academic year. The students interact with children who have diagnoses (sometimes multiple diagnoses) such as Autism, Rett syndrome, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, and are considered functionally non-verbal.

Through their work, the students are achieving unparalleled successes in helping non-verbal children communicate, many for the first time. "There is nothing like this program anywhere else in the country," said Colleen F. Visconti, chair of the communication program and director of the Speech Clinic. "We have an advantage with the energy and focus of our undergrads--students who really want to learn--being able to engage and help the children."

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