Speech@NYU Students Visit NYC for On-Campus Clinical Immersion

This semester, 96 students in the Steinhardt online MS program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Speech@NYU, traveled to New York City from across the country to participate in an on-campus immersion alongside faculty and peers. Over the course of four days, Practicum I and Practicum II students had the opportunity to dive into local field work and develop their clinical competencies through hands-on workshops.

Photo of students touching audiometers and wearing headphones.
Speech@NYU students learning procedures for conducting hearing screenings.

Following a welcome breakfast and introduction led by CSD Chair Christina Reuterskiold, students embarked on a dynamic schedule of events with their online cohorts.

“We see each other online on a daily basis, but it’s great to meet in person,” said Carolin Amperse, a Practicum I Speech@NYU student who traveled to the immersion from California.

Through a series of collaborative workshops, program faculty taught students essential clinical techniques, such as best practices for conducting hearing screenings, oral-sensorimotor examinations, and working with early childhood populations.

Photo of Alicia Morrison and two students holding plastic animal toys that can be used in pediatric linguistic screenings.
Online and on-campus CSD students collaborating as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education, Alicia Morrison, demonstrates techniques for conducting pediatric linguistic screenings.

The immersion also included a mock diagnostic simulation that enabled Practicum I students to experience the clinical diagnostic process from start to finish. Practicum II students meanwhile participated in the session to provide mentorship and share feedback with individuals in the first year of the program.

During the latter half of the immersion, students in both cohorts visited local field sites to administer hearing, speech, language, swallowing, and cognitive screenings to members of the community.

A student holding a tongue depressor in her purple-gloved hand.
Speech@NYU students working with their on-campus mentors to practice administering oral-sensorimotor examinations.

Students pursuing on-campus degrees through the department were also present throughout the immersion, participating in events such as National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Night. At this event, online and on-campus students worked together to prepare supplies for Jumpstart, an early education organization that provides language, literacy, and socio-emotional programming to children in under-resourced communities.

The department looks forward to hosting future cohorts of Speech@NYU students at the clinical immersion experience and welcoming Practicum I students back to campus next semester as a part of Practicum II.

About Speech@NYU

Students pursuing NYU Steinhardt’s MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders have the possibility of completing their degrees online through Speech@NYU. The program is designed to provide students located across the country with access to a rigorous SLP curriculum taught by NYU faculty actively working as clinicians and researchers in the field.

This May, the department will celebrate an exciting milestone — the very first graduation of a Speech@NYU cohort. The program’s inaugural class of online students will join together on campus for a third time to enjoy a graduation ceremony and celebration.

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