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Special Education Listserv

Subject: Cochlear Implants/Free Consultation Services to School Districts

Source: Leone Herring, Supervisor, Effective Practices

Intended: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors, Speech Language Pathologists

Date: September 1, 2010

We have again contracted with Missouri State University (MSU), Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, through the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic for limited free consultation services to help school districts throughout Missouri as they meet the needs of students who have cochlear implants.

MSU will provide five (5) hours of consultation services on Tuesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters to teachers and/or therapists working in school districts in Missouri educating students using cochlear implants.  A clinical faculty member with Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Cochlear Implant specialization will be available for consultation which may take the form of e-mail correspondence, phone conferences (individual and conference), and/or Skype.  A limited number of on-site visits to the MSU clinic may be arranged for school personnel and students based upon factors determined at the time of the request.  Actual information shared with school district personnel is case-specific.  Some topic areas include: device functioning, speech and auditory development, educational development, modes of communication, etc.  Due to the unknown factors of numbers involved, distances of districts, and specific needs, the consultant will not travel to schools. 

For more information about services or to start your consultation process, email Missouri State University's CSD Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic Director Jill Oswalt at JillOswalt@missouristate.edu.