This fall, 37 students in NYU Steinhardt’s new online MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders program Speech@NYU spent their first weekend on campus to experience the sights and sounds of New York city. The students had the chance to immerse themselves in local clinical settings, mock diagnostic evaluations, and clinical workshops within the department. Practicum I and Practicum II students in this program of study will spend two long weekends on campus cultivating their skill set to meet clinical competencies during their time in the online MS program.
The three-day event began with an orientation breakfast and getting-to-know-you gathering led by Erin Embry, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Online Education, and Christina Reuterskiold, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. Ted Magder, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU Steinhardt, also spoke to the students about the important role online learning has in the school’s goals of innovation, impact, and inclusion. This is the first time the online cohort of students were able to meet each other in person and share their experiences about being part of this groundbreaking new program at NYU. That same evening, students, faculty, and staff of the CSD department enjoyed an “Escape the Room” adventure and shared in some food and drink at a local restaurant.
The main reason for the students to be present on campus was to participate in clinical experiences in schools and sites that often work with the CSD department’s on-campus MS program. Immersion sites included: Dream Charter School, Democracy Prep Charter School, Children’s Aid Society, and East Calvary. The locations were arranged in partnership with City Sounds, a pediatric based speech-language pathology center serving the New York metropolitan area. NYU CSD faculty and City Sounds supervisors accompanied the online students as they gained valuable hands-on experiences and observation hours at the various locations.
To round out the weekend, students participated in workshops in which they gained hands-on experience with standardized speech and language assessments, as well as learned to use various tools such as portable audiometers, audiology booths and others that they will encounter in their clinical experiences during the program and as professional clinicians. They also participated in mock diagnostics to evaluate what they had learned in the program thus far.
The department was thrilled to welcome the Speech@NYU students to campus, and look forward to hosting future cohorts each semester.