Professors bring autism expertise to Bolivia

From the University Gazette:

Linda Watson and Betsy Crais are familiar with the extensive journey many Americans find themselves on when trying to acquire services for children with autism spectrum disorder.

As professors of speech and hearing sciences in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and part of UNC’s Program for Early Autism, Research, Leadership and Service (PEARLS), they have made autism screening, early detection and research the center of their academic lives.

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WE Listen International Funds Educational Mission in Europe

From SPHS Divsion website:  Kathryn Wilson, M.A., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families has been the primary focus of my career as a speech-language pathologist, teacher of the deaf, and auditory verbal therapist for more than 30 years. Over this time, I have witnessed advances in cochlear implant and hearing aid technology, earlier ages of identification and implantation as a result newborn hearing screening, and a shift to “listening to learn” teaching strategies—all of which have contributed to more children developing age-appropriate spoken language. It has been exciting to be a professional in the field of speech-language pathology and deaf education!

By the mid 1990s, it became clear to me that another passion was emerging: to teach, train, and mentor a new generation of professionals. I began offering workshops and conferences across the nation in university classrooms, hospital clinics, early intervention and public school settings, and summer institutes. In addition to my new role as Director of FIRST YEARS (, all of these teaching experiences, prepared me for an amazing opportunity that took me to Copenhagen, Warsaw, and Istanbul this year.

via Division News — Department of Allied Health Sciences – UNC School of Medicine.

Service and Learning on Spring Break in Guatemala

From SPHS Division website:

This spring, seven students in the Speech-Language Pathology Master’s program (and one student from Occupational Science) joined Lisa Domby, Clinical Education Coordinator, in providing service to children with communication disorders in Antigua, Guatemala. Each member of the group participated in one-on-one Spanish lessons geared specifically to their level of ability and knowledge. And since it was Spring Break, they also set out to have some fun. For instance, they picked coffee beans (yes, that was fun), visited a jade artisan, and hiked a volcano. Enjoy the slide show!

via Division News — Department of Allied Health Sciences – UNC School of Medicine.