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Grant for Family Centered Early Intervention with Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Children

Interdisciplinary preparation of Speech-Language Pathologists and Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to improve early language and pre-Literacy outcomes for young children
who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH).

This grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education provides three consecutive semesters of free tuition for four graduate students from the Speech-Language Pathology program in the Department of Audiology & Speech Pathology at UTHSC and four students from the Deaf Education program in the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education at UTK.

The focus of the preparation is on Family Centered Early Intervention designed to improve the early language and pre-literacy skills of young children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH). We recognize the heterogeneous nature of children who are D/HH and will prepare grant trainees to serve as direct service providers or consultants to improve the early language and pre-literacy skills of young children who are D/HH regardless of mode of communication. In other words, grant scholars will learn to provide or direct intervention to children who communicate through either signed or spoken language, or both.

If you participate in the grant to Improve Early Language and Pre-Literacy Outcomes for Young Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HH) no additional time will be added to your educational degree program. The courses and practica required of grant scholars are designed so that they fit into the regular degree schedule and are already required for your degree program or available as elective content.

If you would like more information about this grant funding opportunity, please contact Dr. Ilsa Schwarz in Audiology and Speech Pathology at ischwarz@uthsc.edu or Dr. Kimberly Wolbers in Education of the Deaf at kwolbers@utk.edu

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Grant Advisory Board


Ms. Tressa Farr, Speech-Language Pathologist, Tennessee School for the Deaf
Ms. Olivia Hammons, Speech-Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Putnam County Schools
Ms. Ginger Jones, Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner, Jones Therapy Services
Ms. Marilyn Mays Owens, Speech-Language Pathologist, Jones Therapy Services
Ms. Emily Noss, Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Associate Professor, UTHSC Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
Ms. Kodi Ogle, Parent and Director, Tennessee Hands and Voices
Dr. Susie Robertson, Audiologist and Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Loudon County Schools
Ms. Sarah Scott, Parent and Service Coordinator, Tennessee Early Intervention System
Ms. Alisa Weeks, Educational Consultant and Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Birth to Five Outreach Program

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Affiliated Faculty and Staff 


Ilsa Schwarz, PhD
Professor Emerita
UTHSC Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology

 

Jillian McCarthy, PhD
Assistant Professor
UTHSC Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology

Dave Smith, PhD
Research Professor/Director
UT Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Center on Deafness

Kimberly Wolbers, PhD
Professor
UT Theory and Practice in Teacher Education
Center on Deafness

Julie Beeler, MA
Program Liaison
UTHSC Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology

Last Published: May 19, 2020