Specialized Training Opportunities

Project Building Bridges:

Preparing Highly Qualified Speech-Language Pathologists to Serve Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children with AAC Needs

Project Building Bridges is co-directed by Drs. Gloria Soto and Patti Solomon-Rice and funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide specialization in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for graduate students in SLHS.

The purpose of Project Building Bridges is to prepare 60 fully credentialed Speech Language Pathologists to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse children with significant disabilities and augmentative communication needs, ages birth to 21. Project scholars will complete a Master’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences in a two-year time frame, with a concentration in AAC and a focus on cultural and linguistic diversity. Scholar competencies to be acquired include: (a) culturally responsive AAC assessment; (b) culturally responsive AAC intervention; (c) collaborative teaming; and (d) development of AAC applications to support the language and literacy skills of culturally and linguistically diverse children and youth.

The project will use evidence-based curricula and pedagogy carefully coordinated with substantial, mentored field experiences. The M.S. concentration in AAC will include: 1) two graduate seminars in AAC assessment and intervention; 2) an on campus clinic with a focus on diversity; 3) a one-week summer camp for children who use AAC; and 4) a school internship in a high need community agency or school serving children with AAC needs. Project evaluation will include formative and summative measures of scholar competency and monitoring of project implementation and outcomes. Outcome measures will include quantitative indices of scholars' mastery and employment, and qualitative improvements in educational services

For information on how to become a grant recipient and participant in Project Building Bridges, please contact co-directors Dr. Gloria Soto (gsoto@sfsu.edu) or Dr. Patti Solomon-Rice (psolomon@sfsu.edu).