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Aural Habilitation Concentration

Graduate students in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology may apply to pursue a concentration in the area of Aural Habilitation. Application materials may be obtained from CHS faculty. The AHC Application form should be submitted after your first or second semester in CHS. Please note that not all applicants will necessarily be admitted into the concentration.

Students in the Aural Habilitation Concentration must complete of 5-6 hours of graduate level courses in audiology, language and/or aural habilitation. Courses taken for the concentration will count as elective credits toward their degree. Students may select courses from the following options:

For Speech-Language Pathology (MS) students:

ASP 573 Pediatric Audiology for Educational Professionals
ASP 574 Pediatric Audiology
ASP 585 Cochlear Implants                                                                                                                    ASP 507 Anatomy and Physiology of Hearing
ASP 593 Independent Study in Aural Habilitation **
ASP 594 Advanced Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired ASP 590 Professional Seminar: Language and Literacy
ASP 590 Professional Seminar: Literacy and Deafness
ASP 661 Advance Study in Child Language
ASP 652 Classroom acoustics
An approved course in Deaf Education

For Audiology (AuD) students:

ASP 561 Child Language Disorders
ASP 563
Language Disorders: Birth to Five
ASP 593
Independent Study in Aural Habilitation **
ASP 594
Advanced Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation for the Hearing Impaired
ASP 558 Augmented Alternative Communication
An approved course in Deaf Education

Selection and scheduling of academic courses will be approved and monitored by the student’s academic advisor. Completion of all requirements for the AHC will be approved by the faculty in Child Hearing Services (CHS) and documented in the student’s Program of Study by their faculty advisor. Completion of all AHC requirements must be verified by approval signatures from the academic advisor and CHS faculty on the student’s Completion of Concentration form which will be placed in the student’s department file.

The Aural Habilitation Concentration also requires at least three (3) semesters of clinical practicum in treatment with children who are deaf and hard of hearing, totaling a minimum of 130 clock hours. These clock hours must be completed with a variety* of treatment experiences. At least 100 of the clock hours must be supervised by the clinical faculty in CHS.  

* Approved experiences include, but are not limited to:

  1. Group and individual treatment
  2. Children with cochlear implants
  3. Children with varying degrees of hearing loss
  4. Children varying in age (0-3, 3-5, & school age)
  5. Speech, language, & auditory skill assessment
  6. Norm referenced and criterion referenced assessment of hearing aids, language, and cochlear implant functioning
  7. Participation in an Individual Family Service Plan or IEP meeting or Professional Collaboration/Consulting Session
  8. Adult auditory training
  9. Auditory Processing Disorder
  10. Augmentative/Alternative Communication
  11. Patients with multiple diagnoses

In addition to the clinical experiences available within CHS, arrangements have been made with some outside facilities in which practicum experience can be gained.

In the event that a Concentration student receives a grade of a “C” or lower in ASP 515 (CHS Practicum), the student will be unable to complete further requirements for the Concentration or enrollment in ASP 515.

**Independent Study is utilized in extreme circumstances.

Oct 27, 2023