Academia

Teaching Interests

  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • Amplification Systems and Aural (Re)Habilitation for Children who are DHH
  • Speech Perception of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Language Development of Children who are DHH
  • Typical Language Development
  • Literacy Development of Children who are DHH
  • Cognitive Development of Children who are DHH
  • Evaluation Techniques for Children who are DHH
  • Instruction Methods for Children who are DHH
  • Early Intervention for Children who are DHH and their Families
  • Applied Research in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and Deaf Education

Teaching Experience

PACS 551: Research Seminar in Deaf Education. Washington University in St. Louis. Instructor. Spring 2021. This course covers topics related to outcomes research and evidence-based practice as a foundation for students’ research projects. Topics such as how to be a critical thinker skills when reviewing research data from studies, and how to use data from research to drive decision-making will be discussed. Separate sections will be offered for AuD, MSDE, and PhD students, with content and topics targeted to that program.

EHD 4263: Methods of Teaching Listening and Spoken Language to DHH Students, University of North Florida. Fall 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. The purpose of this course is to provide learners with the knowledge base to understand instructional methods of teaching deaf and hard of hearing students who use listening and spoken language. The areas to be covered include the anatomy and physiology of speech mechanisms, practical orthographic representations of speech, introductory phonetics and phonology, functional descriptions of speech sound production, and basic speech acoustics. Learners will also be trained in the assessment of speech, teaching sequence of speech skills, and specific strategies for elicitation, development, transfer, and maintenance of spoken language skills.

PACS 519: Psychosocial and Educational Foundations of Deafness. Washington University in St. Louis. Instructor. Spring 2019. The purpose of this course was to examine psychological, social, educational, legal, historical, and cultural influences related to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Additional topics included IEPs and interprofessional collaboration related to post-high school transitions. 

PACS 555: Early Intervention: Serving Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Birth-Age 5. Washington University in St. Louis. Spring 2018. This course provided an overview of early childhood development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, birth to age 5, with particular focus on early speech and language development, intervention strategies, assessment techniques, instructional strategies, and aural rehabilitation.  Course discussed the philosophical tenets of early intervention practice, which views families as engaged partners in the child’s education, and respects cultural and linguistic diversity. Additional topics included IFSP and IEP development, as well as a variety of resources for families.

PACS 4511: Practicum in Deaf Education. Field and Clinical Supervisor, Fall 2017, Spring 2018. Supervised practicum for student educators of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Field placements (early, mid-level, and culminating levels) included a variety of educational settings with a variety of age ranges, using interventions in areas such as language, speech, auditory training, reading, math, and other content areas. 

PACS 454: Mathematics and Content Area Instruction for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Washington University in St. Louis. Spring 2018. This course provided learners with the principles and methods of teaching mathematics to students who are typically hearing and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Strategies for other content-area instruction (science, social studies), use of instructional technology, and strategies for improving content literacy were discussed, with an emphasis on techniques for working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students practiced developing and implementing lesson plans that are aligned to state and national standards.

PACS 4515: Language Instruction for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Washington University in St. Louis. Fall 2017. This course provided learners with the principles and methods of developing competence in spoken English in children who are deaf or hard of hearing, birth to grade 12. Included presentation of differentiated instructional techniques for teaching a diverse population of children who are deaf or hard of hearing English vocabulary, syntax, and pragmatics, as well as techniques for auditory training. Additional topics included evaluations and data-driven lesson planning/IEP/IFSP development, as well as the role of families as engaged, educational partners in spoken language development.

PACS 234: Introduction to Speech and Hearing Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis. Fall 2016, 2017. This course provided learners with an introduction to the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, education of hearing-impaired children, and speech and hearing sciences.  Normal speech and hearing processes are discussed, as well as communication disorders.  Selected research topics in speech and hearing sciences.