Mary Andrianopoulos, Communication Disorders, and Mary Lynn Boscardin, chair of the College of Education’s Department of Student Development, were awarded a five-year, $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) for training speech language pathologists in the public schools to effectively deliver reliable, evidence-based models of technology. Theirs was one of only nine winning proposals in the national competition.
The grant will fund more than 40 master's students in speech language pathology (SLP) with a specialization in the area of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and using technologies to facilitate learning. Their Research-to-Practice activities will include studying the efficacy of various intervention approaches that are typically delivered to children on the autism spectrum, say Andrianopoulos and Boscardin.
The students will also use evidence-based practices to improve and maintain achievement among students with ASD using telepractice to deliver services, which will include active consultation and e-supervision of the graduate students.