Speech and Language Pathology Student Rotation

The Lee Specialty Clinic offers three clinical practicum rotations during a calendar year, extending from eight weeks to 16 weeks. At this time, we accept one student per rotation. The practicum is affiliated with the University of Louisville, and designed for students at the Masters or Doctorate level who are pursuing a career in Speech & Language Pathology.  The importance of patient care, teaching and research is a core tenet of the program, and we accept both first and second year students.

Students will gain clinical confidence in dealing with a variety of disorders including genetic conditions, head injuries, and metabolic disorders. As a member of the Lee Specialty Clinic Team, the student will develop understanding of interdisciplinary care.

At the end of the rotation, the student should be able to effectively interact with physical therapists, occupational therapists, dentists, audiologists, behavior analysts, ophthalmologists, gastroenterologists, internists, family physicians, neurologists, podiatrists, nurses, otolaryngologists, dieticians, psychiatrists, and psychologists.

The practicum will be completed onsite utilizing evidence-based techniques including Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES) studies, myofascial / manual therapy, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT), and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. Students will be able to obtain evaluation and treatment hours in the areas of articulation, fluency, voice, swallowing, hearing, social pragmatics, cognition, and augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) for adults.

Upon completion of the practicum, the student will have experience in Medicare / Medicaid documentation, utilizing standardized assessments, chart reviews, case studies, analyzing evaluations, creating / implementing plans of care, and patient-caregiver education. Students will also be encouraged to complete a presentation on a topic of their choice prior to completing the practicum. (Research opportunities are available.)

The course is open to full-time students at the University of Louisville Speech and Language Pathology Program and other accredited educational institutions. A stipend is not included.