Posted: May 14, 2019

Tennessee Together: Interprofessional Collaboration For SLP Training, Service and Research


The poster is a summary of a collaboration between the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) and the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology of the College of Health Professions, University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Knoxville Campus. There was concern that graduate students needed a specific orientation to working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to remediate their feeding/swallowing and communication needs. Nola Radford and Kandace Turner, with departmental support, were able to develop specific orientation experiences for graduate students in speech-language pathology that included case simulations typical of persons with IDD, a review of person-centered approaches to service and introduction to the multidisciplinary team that cares for persons with IDD in East Tennessee. The basic premise for developing curriculum for a practicum offering was a concern that students majoring in SLP need specific preparation to work with people with IDD. Moreover, exposure to a public health service with focus on advocacy, education, and counseling would better prepare students for collaborative service. This was deemed consistent with the initiatives of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) to promote interprofessional collaboration in educational and healthcare settings.


Curriculum, Interprofessional Education, Multidisciplinary Team, Case Simulation, Disability, Practicum, Interprofessional Healthcare, Person-centered Care, Project-based Learning, Developmental


Nola T. Radford, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Health Professions

Kandace Turner, MS, CCC-SLP, East Therapeutic Services