Our National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association(NSSLHA) organization sponsors a series of activities to bring faculty and students together in informal gatherings.
Every year, NSSLHA sponsors a conference featuring regional experts in the field of speech and hearing sciences.
NATIVE AMERICAN FOCUS
Washington State University is currently recruiting Native Americans to train as speech-language pathologists.
There is a need for speech-language pathologists to serve Native American communities. In response to this need the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Washington State University offers a special training program. This program assists Native students in obtaining financial aid and provides educational support for Native students as they pursue training in the field of speech-language pathology. Graduates are prepared to work in educational or medical settings with individuals who have difficulty with their speech, language, or hearing.
We value the contribution that Native American students can make to the field of speech-language pathology. Therefore, we provide students with opportunities to explore this profession as it relates to Native culture through course work, observations, clinical experience, and research in Native communities. In addition, we provide professional mentorship.
Some scholarships are available for tribally-enrolled, Native American students. To receive further information, contact:
- Education Northwest (versions to download of the "Indian Reading Series: Stories and Legends of the Northwest.")
- Alaska Native Knowledge Network
- WSU's Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning
- Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008
- Multicultural Constituency Groups
Native American Culturally-Based Resources
The Shadow of the Salmon is a multimedia curriculum developed by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission for use with students in the eighth grade. The 42-minute Shadow of the Salmon video can be viewed online.
The curriculum can be used to facilitate the development of language and literacy skills.
In addition, the following document demonstrates alignment with Washington State standards in the content areas of communication, science, math, reading, writing, social studies, health and fitness, and arts.
History of this Program
The Native American Focus is the remaining legacy that began as the Native American Program. The program was significant in providing speech, language, and hearing services to Native Americans.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Native American Caucus provide services to Native clients.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
The department offers a two-course (8 semester credit hour) sequence of courses in American Sign Language, ASL I (SHS 201) and ASL II (SHS 202). These courses are taught by a certified interpreter and are open to all students, regardless of major.
The first course (ASL I) builds vocabulary skills and knowledge of the language's structure and introduces students to deaf culture. The second course (ASL II) develops advanced expressive and receptive conversation skills and extends the students' perspectives on deaf culture.
SHS 201: American Sign Language I (4 credits)
Instruction and practical training in sign language for communication with persons who are deaf; deaf culture; beginning conversation skills.
SHS 202: American Sign Language II (4 credits)
Prereq SHS 201. Sign language systems; vocabulary and skill development in signing and interpreting signs; intermediate conversation skills.
The American Sign Language courses are also available online through the WSU Global Campus. These courses are available to non-Speech and Hearing Sciences majors.
Speech and Hearing Sciences majors are required to enroll in face-to-face campus sections in their senior year.
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Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Washington State University
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495