Clinical Experience

The mission of the Master of Science in communication disorders program is to provide each student with clinical training across the lifespan and across nine disorder areas. Most students complete three rotations in a practicum setting with ASU clinical supervisors and an additional two off-campus internship placements. Advanced five-week clinical rotations are also available to increase student exposure to a wide range of settings, assessment methods and intervention programs. Some students in specialized programs may vary slightly in the order of their rotations but all students will complete a minimum of five semesters of clinical practicum.

Practicum Rotations options for Year 1

  • ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic
    Students will gain experiences in treating adults who have acquired neurogenic communication disorders (e.g., aphasia, dysarthria, cognitive-linguistic disorders). Students may work with children who have severe communication challenges due to developmental disabilities, as well as with adults and/or children with fluency, voice and/or speech disorders. Some students in this rotation will provide accent modification services to individuals enrolled in an accent modification class on Friday mornings.
  • Pediatric Communication Clinics (PCC)
    The PCC offers early childhood intervention services within the context of phonology groups, toddler groups, preschool groups and individual therapy sessions. While in this rotation you will be part-time at our off-campus clinic location and part-time at Educare. 
  • Educare
    This off-site center serves a large number of toddler and preschool children as well as their families. Students in the PCC rotation will be assigned to a classroom but will also participate in diagnostic testing for a range of children on site. Some students who are in other rotations (e.g. Public schools) will also provide diagnostic services at Educare.
  • Public School Setting
    Students will spend 2 days/week at either an elementary school or high school working with children who have communication goals.  An ASU faculty supervisor, as well as the on-site supervisor, will provide mentoring within this site. Focus areas include bilingual/multilingual intervention, autism and severe-profound disabilities.
  • Banner Baywood Medical Center
    Students participate in a one day a week rotation for 5 consecutive weeks during the year.  This rotation is typically concurrent with a placement in the ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic.  Students are supervised by the Banner Baywood SLP while he evaluates and treats clients in an acute medical setting.
  • Specialized summer camps
    Our program offers a range of opportunities at our ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic that are only available in the summer semester. These include a Summer Program for Elementary Language and Literacy ( SPELL)ASU Peer Program for Socialization (APPS) and Child Hearing Connections Camp (CHCC).

Practicum Rotations for Year 2

  • Public School Internship
    All students complete an internship in the public school setting. Depending on interest, students may choose to work in an elementary, a high school or a combined caseload district. Students may also choose an internship in the schools with an emphasis on specific populations (e.g., preschoolers, children with autism, hearing impaired, bilingual learners etc).
  • Elective Internship
    Students choose their elective internship to suit their clinical training emphases. The program maintains affiliation agreements for internships with a wide range of private agencies serving children and adults including adult and pediatric hospitals and rehabilitation centers, private practice settings, special private schools.
  • 5 Week Clinical Rotations
    This is a one-semester rotation taken concurrently with the public school internship.  Most 5 week opportunities will be on Tuesday and Thursday.  Students enrolled in the clinical rotations will pick from an array of choices including  Valley ENT, Neuromuscular clinic, Mayo Voice, Acute Care Rotations, Pediatric Medical rotations and Diagnostic evaluations in the campus clinic. This rotation is optional depending on your program of study and needs but it is highly recommended for increasing your exposure to a range of settings and disorders.

Our Practicum Partners