Julianne Pearson, Clinical Faculty, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Faculty Fellow in Community Based Learning, CU Engage • SLHS 5898: Intervention
Clinical Faculty • Speech • Language • and Hearing Sciences

We propose a collaborative community-based partnership between the Speech Language Hearing Sciences Department and Golden West , which is a non-profit organization that serves to meet housing, social and community needs for the geriatric population in both independent and assisted living. The aim of this proposal is to develop a pilot community outreach program that engages graduate students in community service learning with the geriatric population 1x/ week for 2 hours at a time at Golden West. Contingent upon the success of the program, the development of a more permanent expansion of the outreach program is anticipated, such that implementation occurs every semester with any SLHS Adult Neuro Clinical Faculty. The course, SLHS Intervention 5898, is part of the graduate curriculum taught to graduate students on campus in the SLHS clinic, and we hope to expand this course into the community as we feel the functional implications and critical thinking opportunities will greatly enrich learning.  This mutually beneficial partnership will create positive social change by supporting the cognitive communication wellness and needs of an aging community with a range of abilities and disabilities, while allowing for innovative education for graduate students to have the opportunity to be directly involved with the clients in their own living environments.