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Speech and Language Hearing Clinic

Clinical Practicum

Welcome to the Iona College Speech & Language Hearing Clinic.  The clinic provides professional speech and language services including assessment and treatment within a teaching clinic environment.  Services are provided to individuals with a wide range of communication disorders and delays to both children and adults. 
 
Students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program provide diagnostic and treatment services to our clients. These services support our local community and neighboring residents as well as provide a clinical education opportunity for our students.  Certified Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists who are members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed to work in New York State conduct supervision of all sessions.

Practicum Requirements

In accordance with the 2014 Standards from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, prospective students are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of supervised clinical experience.  Of those, 25 hours of clinical observation are required within the ASHA Scope of Practice of Speech-Language Pathology and 325 hours must be completed at the graduate level.

On-Campus Practicum

Graduate students will participate in a clinical practicum experience during each semester of their graduate curriculum.  Initial practicum assignments will begin on-site for 3 semesters (including summer) at the Iona College Speech & Language Hearing Clinic. The initial clinical experience will provide each student with intensive supervision, individualized practicum development, relevant professional issues, and best evidence-based practices. 
 
Clinical programming includes but is not limited to

  • Play-based therapy

  • Memory, language and attention associated with traumatic brain injury

  • Articulation

  • Speech and language problems associated with stroke and neurogenic disorders

  • Feeding, oral motor and swallowing disorders

  • Social language groups

  • Accent reduction

  • Bilingual evaluations and treatment

  • AAC diagnostic with follow-ups

  • Fluency

  • Voice disorders

Activities will include treatment of individual clients, group therapy, and diagnostic assignments, written documentation and family team meetings.  Students may engage in 2 to 4 different clinical experiences including treatment and a diagnostic rotation.

Students participating in clinical training at the Iona College Speech & Language Hearing Clinic will receive more than the minimum clinical experiences. 
 
The Speech and Language Hearing Clinic is committed to:

  • Offering and providing the highest quality of services

  • Advocate for the individuals we serve

  • Provide effective clinical instruction to our future professionals

  • Developing ideas for an individual’s personal and professional growth

Our students are provided with clinical instruction and professional mentoring from our certified speech-language pathologists. Students will develop knowledge and skills for the roles and functions of a speech-language pathologist.  Each student will participate in HIPAA training, follow the ASHA Code of Ethics and represent themselves as members of their future profession.  Students are supervised by a staff of
speech-language pathologists that are trained or certified  in the following: PROMPT training, fluent in basic sign, Neuro-Develoment Treatment Certified and LSVT Loud certification.
 
Our team approach provides a professional environment to support our students, clients and the client families we serve.

Off-Campus Practicum

Graduate students in their second year of the program will participate in a professional setting off-campus.  Students must complete a minimum of two off-campus placements: a pediatric and an adult site.  These placements may include schools, hospitals, private practices, pre-school programs, and nursing homes. The clinic director will review the student’s academic and clinical experience to determine the appropriate placement. The placement will be based on one’s clinical experience, knowledge and skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of settings, populations, and backgrounds.  Professional activities may include but not limited to formal evaluations, medical rounds, interdisciplinary meetings, parent education, screenings, report writing, and in-services.  Some students may consider electing a third off-campus placement to pursue a specific clinic interest.

Undergraduate Practicum

Undergraduate students majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology will have the opportunity to apply for a clinical practicum placement.  Upon approval, this placement will be completed on-site during their final semesters of study.   Clinical activities include but not limited to observations, collecting baseline and progress data, written documentation, researching evidence based practices, and clinical treatment rotation.
 
Additionally, undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in the active chapter of The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association at Iona College.  The Speech and Hearing club is an active organization for charities and fundraisers.

Services

While our clinic serves as a training opportunity for our students, every case is closely supervised by our clinical instructors who are certified members of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, current state licensure, and each who have a specific focus within the field of speech-language pathology.

Treatment Services

Services offered include one to one therapy and/or group therapy.  Programs are individualized to meet the needs of the client.  Typically sessions can range from 45 to 60 minute and usually scheduled for twice a week.  Family members may observe or participate in sessions to support carryover of skills when clients are not in session.

Diagnostic Services

Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations are provided for adults and children.  The evaluation typically takes about two hours and involves an interview, formal testing, clinical observation, and consultation.

Hours of Operation

The clinic is open Monday-Friday by appointment only. The clinic operates in accordance with the Iona College Academic Calendar.

Fees

The clinic currently charges a flat fee per semester for treatment services and a reduced rate for evaluations.  Fees are subject to change. Iona College does not participant in medical plans nor a Medicare or Medicaid provider.  A sliding fee scale is available for those that apply. 

Location

The Iona College Speech & Language Hearing Clinic is located on the main campus in Spellman Hall, 1st floor.  Parking passes are available for those to choose to park on campus.

Contact Information

Please feel free to request additional information about our clinic
Maria Armiento-DeMaria, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Clinic Director
By Phone:                   914-633-2149
By Email:                    marmientodemaria@iona.edu
By Fax:                        914-633-2393
By Address:                Iona College 715 North Ave New Rochelle, NY 10801-1095
                                    Attn:  SCS Department, Maria Armiento-DeMaria
 
The Speech and Language Hearing Clinic at Iona College does not discriminate in the delivery of clinical services on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability