Students/Fellows/Assistants


Our facility offers training to students and new graduates in the following manners:


Practicums:

Practicums are typically offered on a part-time basis, and provide initial training for diagnostics and intervention of children ages birth to 21. Preference is given to students who have a primary interest in pediatrics. We accept students from all university programs, but require that a contract exist with that university before final acceptance of a student.


To apply for a practicum, please call our office (352-368-7728), and ask to speak with Elon Bruner.


Intern/Externships:

Internships and externships are offered on a full-time basis. The purpose of this type of program is to ready graduate students for their entrance into the "real world" of speech-language pathology. This type of experience is offered only to those students who will be pursuing a career in the pediatric category of speech-language pathology. The following avenues of supervision are offered, so that upon completion of an intern/externship at this facility, students can feel confident in their primary clinical skills:

  • Diagnostics - Exposure to and training in the use of a variety of tests for preschool and school-aged children. Types of testing materials will include, but are not limited to, tests for preschool-aged speech and language; school-aged language; language processing; phonological processing; reading; and written language. Students will also be required to score testing obtained in evaluations, interpret results, and decide appropriate recommendations. Feedback will be given to students verbally and after review of their written evaluation for each patient
  • Intervention - Exposure to and training in therapy techniques for children with varying needs. Students will initially observe treatment sessions for patients and record significant clinical findings which will be discussed with them daily. They will then begin writing plans for each patient they are assigned. When they can sufficiently write a plan detailing goals and activities for achieving goals, they will progress to providing services to the child. Feedback will be given after each session so that students can measure their progress in service provision. The eventual goal is for the student to be confident with 80-90% of supervising therapist's caseload so that they are able to provide services with only minimal supervision.

We accept students from all university programs but require that a contract exist with that university before final acceptance of a student. To apply for an intern/externship, please call our office (352-368-7728), and ask to speak to Elon Bruner.


Clinical Fellowships:
Clinical Fellowships are offered by a certified, Master's level clinician. This type of fellowship is available to those who have received a Master's degree from an accredited university and wish to receive further training in this field in the area of pediatrics. It is a paid clinical position. Fellows are supervised during numerous treatment sessions and diagnostics. Their daily notes and evaluations are reviewed by their supervising therapist to ensure understanding of general and advanced knowledge for treatment and diagnostic techniques.

To apply for a fellowship, please call our office (352-368-7728) and ask to speak with Elon Bruner.


Assistantships:
We offer assistantships for individuals who hold a Bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited university. This type of program is designed for those who would like to practice hands-on therapy techniques in pediatrics as prescribed by a Master's level certified Speech-Language Pathologist.

We abide by all the laws and rules set forth by ASHA and the State of Florida Department of Health Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Therefore, the initial component of an assistantship focuses on familiarizing the clinician with therapy techiniques for all preschool and school-aged children, review of state and ASHA rules and laws, and review of pre-determined goals that will be achieved in the first 6 months of the assistant's clinical experience.

To apply for an assistantship, please call our office (352-368-7728), and ask to speak with Elon Bruner.