The Early Intervention Related Services Training Program, sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, jointly trains students in the Master’s program in Speech Language Pathology and in the Master’s program in Social Work to provide high quality services to infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children with disabilities. Training emphasizes evidenced based practice, multidiscipline collaborative teams, and family-centered practices. Students complete their own disciplinary specific coursework as well as a carefully planned series of interdisciplinary course work and field experiences. Eight students are enrolled in the program annually. Students receive partial tuition, stipends and books.

At the 2015 ASHA convention poster session

At the 2015 ASHA convention poster session


Early Intervention Related Services Training Program Courses

COSI 431 – Early Intervention Related Services Training Program (2) The practicum provides structured training activities to help the student become proficient in birth to three assessment and intervention and infant and toddler development. This intensive training experience will provide skills that students need when working in early intervention settings. Guided observation of children and developmental domains, parent-child interaction, and family based assessment will be included. Acceptance into the Early Intervention training Program is required to enroll in this practicum. PSCL 453 – Seminars in Psychology: Child Development (3) A special problem or topic. Content varies with student and faculty interest. Recent offerings: creative thinking in research, community psychological, evaluation of community processes, experimental and computer methods, consultation, and psychoanalytic ego psychology.
SASS 539 – Early Intervention: Theories and Practice This course both describes the characteristics of young children with disabilities and examines the intervention models and practices that are used to address the developmental and social-emotional needs of these children. The course describes the legislative and philosophical foundations for contemporary early intervention practice. It discusses the meaning of evidence based practice and examines contemporary early intervention practices from this perspective. The readings and assignments for this course have been designed to reflect the course objectives. COSI 600 – Special Problems and Topics: Medical Aspects of Disability (1) Topics and instructors by arrangement of the department chair.

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 The master’s (M.A.) education program in speech-language pathology at Case Western Reserve University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.