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Autism Cognate

Coordinators:

Ms. Renee Wendel

Dr. Amy Louise Schwarz

Ms. Jessica Bowers

The Autism Cognate at Texas State provides students with:

  • Offers a specialized concentration in the treatment and assessment of individuals of the autism spectrum
  • Assessment & intervention experiences serving persons on the autism spectrum
  • High quality, evidence-based academic and clinical training
  • Evidence based research experiences for graduate students

Requirements:

  • At least 100 clock hours with individuals who are on the autism spectrum are required
  • First year:
    • Attend biweekly cognate meetings to learn various issues regarding Autism.
  • Second year:
    • Participate in a cognate-sponsored service project during their seminar (CDIS 5390) course

Bilingual & Multicultural Cognate

Coordinators:
Dr. Maria Resendiz

Dr. Maria Gonzales

Ms. Ceci Perez

Mr. Jason Tipps

The Biligual & Multicultural Cognate provides students with:

  • Multi-faceted exposure to and experiences with clinical bilingual and bicultural issues including populations other than Spanish-English bilinguals
  • Interaction with bilingual speech-language pathologists currently serving diverse populations
  • Community involvement through Bilingual Interest Group student organization providing resources to underserved populations
  • Providing bilingual and bicultural diagnostic services to local School districts for their students with speech and language disorders

Requirements:

  • For Spanish/English bilingual speakers, a minimum of 125 hours must be with bilingual clients
  • Langauges other than Spanish require 25 clinical clock hours.
  • Additional graduate coursework includes:
    • CDIS Bilingual Phonetics
    • CDIS Second Language Acquisitions

Fluency Cognate

Coordinators:

Dr. Farzan Irani

Ms. Jennifer Johnson

The Fluency Cognate provides students with:

  • Assessment and intervention for people who stutter (PWS) across the life-span
  • Advanced clinical and academic training for students in assessment and intervention for PWS
  • Opportunities to utilize telepractice, which is the use of telecommunications technology at a distance by connecting clinicians to clients who may have difficulty to access of services and provide them with assessment, intervention, and/or consultation

Requirements:

  • 50 clinical hours of assessment and invertion in fluency disorders
    • 40 hours of direct clinical contact
  • First year:
    • Meet with the cognate supervisor for two hours at an interval of four weeks
    • Complete advanced readings on the treatents and assessment of fluency disorders 
    • Participate in the 10-day  Comprehensive Stuttering Therapy Progam (CSTP) in the capacity of graduate student clinicians
  • Second year:
    • Additional courses:
      • CDIS Seminar (5390)

Neurogenic, Voice, & Swallowing (NVS) Cognate

Coordinators:

Dr. Valerie Fleming

Ms. Jennifer Johnson

Dr. Rahul Chakraborty

The NVS cognate provides students with:

  • A special concentration in the treatment and assessment of individuals with medical-based communication/swallowing impairments
  • Hands-on experience with instrumentation related to the assessment of individuals with communication/swallowing impairments

Cognate Requirements:

  • Students will complete advanced reading and modules related to the assessment and treatment of individuals with medical-based communication/swallowing impairments
  • First year:
    • Meet with their mentor for two hours at an interval of four weeks beginning their first semester of graduate school. The meetings will expose students to the interdisciplinary nature of medical speech language pathology
  • Second year: 
    • Hands-on experience with instrumentation related to the assessment of individuals with communication/swallowing impairments

Versatility in Practice (VIP) Cognate

Coordinators:

Dr. Maria Diana Gonzales 

Ms. Shara Fredrickson

Ms. Linda Johnson

The VIP Cognates provides students with:

  • A specialized concentration in the treatment and assessment of individuals with varied speech and language disorders throughout the lifespan

Requirements:

  • At least 25 hours must be accrued with clients in each of the following age ranges across the lifespan:
    • birth-to-five
    • school-age
    • adults
  • First year: 2-3 meetings per long semester including 
    • advanced reading and clinical modules applicable to assessment and treatment of disorders across lifespan
    • visit to various clinical settings that speech pathologists may work in
  • Second year: Independent Study or Seminar course with professor whose research addresses general speech and language differences and disorders.