In Fall of 2011, the AAC community at Penn State was pleased to announce that they were awarded a federally funded personnel preparation grant (U.S. Department of Education grant H325K110315). This grant, the Penn State Children’s Communicative Competence Project, addresses the urgent need for fully credentialed speech language pathologists (SLPs) who are prepared to provide evidence-based services to improve results for high need children who have complex communication needs (e.g., children of all ages with autism, CP, TBI, multiple disabilities, etc., who live in poverty or are English language learners). The 5-year grant (2011-2016) provides funding support for highly qualified Masters-level students.
These students will complete a comprehensive research-based curriculum that integrates:
(a) all of the standard requirements for ASHA certification;
(b) additional specialized courses on evidence-based practices for high need children with complex communication needs who require AAC;
(c) research experiences to extend the evidence to improve results for these children; and
(d) extended practicum experiences in evidence based practices.
The grant will also support the development of web-based modules on research-based interventions for children with complex communication needs, to be made freely available for preservice/inservice training across the nation.
The curriculum and preliminary outcome data was presented at a Poster session at ASHA in Atlanta, Georgia on November 15, 2012 — Preservice Training of Speech-Language Pathologists in Evidence-Based AAC Services. [Handout]
On January 23, 2012, the Children’s Communicative Competence Project was also profiled in Penn State Live .