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Sacred Heart’s College of Health Professions Service Learning Trip to Guatemala

‌January 26, 2015
Six SLP students and two faculty members just returned from a week in Guatemala as part of Sacred Heart’s College of Health Professions service learning trip. This year, for the first time, SLP joined teams from Nursing and Physical Therapy to offer services in various communities. Our mission in Guatemala was to support literacy enrichment by reading and writing with children. Thanks to generous contributions of Spanish language books from Lectorum, Read to Grow, Santillana, and Scholastic, we were able to donate nearly 400 books to children and schools in Guatemala. As the photos illustrate, the experience was rewarding and worthwhile for all participants. 

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SHU Graduate Students Assist in Expanded Preschool Program in Bridgeport

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Rhea Paul Receives Award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, has conferred its highest award, the Honors of the Association, on SLP Department Chair, Rhea Paul. The SHU SLP Department is privileged to have two ASHA Honorees on its faculty, Dr. Paul, and Adjunct Professor Robert Shprintzen.

The Honors of the Association recognizes members for distinguished contributions to the discipline of communication sciences and disorders and is the highest honor the Association bestows.Honor of the Association recognize individuals whose contributions have been of such excellence that they have enhanced or altered the course of the professions. Honorees are individuals who are well-known throughout the nation and the world for a lifetime of innovative clinical practice, insightful and rigorous research, creative administration, effective legislative activity, outstanding teaching or other distinguished professional contributions.

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Prof. Rhea Paul Keynote Speaker at Moscow Autism Conference

Prof. Rhea Paul gave the keynote address at the International Research-to-Practice Conference on Autism, in Moscow, Russia on June 2, 2014. The conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Moscow State University, and the Autism Speaks Foundation. It was aimed at increasing access to rehabilitative services for children with autism and their families.

Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Third Edition

The third edition of Rhea Paul's bestselling core textbook, Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Third Edition, has been released.  The book has been thoroughly revised and based on updated ASHA standards. Click here for more information

SLP Program awarded candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American  Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

The Speech-Language Pathology Program at SHU was awarded Candidacy, the first stage of Accreditation awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American  Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded to new  programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA’s Standards Compliance Continuum, for an initial  period of five years. It allows the program to matriculate and graduate students who, upon successful completion of the program, will meet all requirements for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists. 

Professor Rhea Paul was interviewed on WFSB, Channel 3 in Hartford, talking about the use of iPads in speech therapy.

Rhea Paul Interview on WFSB about use of iPads in speech-language therapy

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Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology

The SLP program at SHU was recently awarded the designation of “Readiness” for candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. This is the first step toward Candidacy and Accreditation of our Master’s Degree Program. We are on target for our anticipated start date of Fall, 2014!

Health Science Advisory Dyan Atkins talks with SHU students about the new program in Speech-Language Pathology
Health Science Advisory Dyan Atkins talks
with SHU students about the new program
in Speech-Language Pathology

Sacred Heart's Speech-Language Pathology Program was licensed by the Connecticut State Office of Higher Education! Undergraduate prerequisite courses will be offered in the Fall of 2013, with the graduate program anticipated to open in Fall of 2014.

Applications are now being accepted for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree and wish to complete undergraduate prerequisites for entry into a Master's Degree Program. Contact Program Director Rhea Paul for more information.

SHU Breaks Ground on Center for Healthcare Education

June 18, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University broke ground today on a new building to house its Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing. Located at 4000 Park Avenue in Bridgeport, the Center for Healthcare Education will be three stories comprising 117,000 square feet on 8.7 acres. “Like the recently completed Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, the new Center for Healthcare Education will provide our students with all the latest technology used in their future professions,” says SHU President John J. Petillo. “The expanded space and updated equipment will offer new opportunities for learning and ensure that they graduate well prepared to make their mark in the booming health-care industry.”

SHU Anticipates Launch of New Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

January 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions plans to inaugurate a new master’s degree program in speech-language pathology. Aiming for a start in fall 2014, the program is designed to require five terms of study to be completed in two years.

Rhea Paul Elected VP of International Association for the Study of Child Language

December 17, 2013

Fairfield, CONN. - Professor Rhea Paul, chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department in the College of Health Professions, was elected vice president of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL). The Association was founded to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of child language and sponsors the triennial International Congress for the Study of Child Language. In addition to the congresses, the IASCL produces the Child Language Bulletin and publishes three leading journals in the field, First Language, the Journal of Child Language and the International Journal of Bilingualism, as well as the series, Trends in Language Acquisition Research. The Association assists colleagues in countries with difficult economic circumstances by providing subsidies for participation at the Congresses.

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