Alumni Alert: Louisiana LEND scholars present capstone at ASHA 2021

LEND Alumni Alert graphic with screenshot of ASHA presentation

2020-2021 Louisiana LEND alumni Sloane Henry, B.S., Lillian Patton , MCD, CF-SLP , and Alix Moody, B.S. present capstone that supports interdisciplinary training at the 2021 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention. Titled “An Interdisciplinary Peer-led Educational Intervention to Improve Physician Assistant Student Knowledge of Speech-Language-Hearing Developmental Milestones,” the LEND scholars’ presentation is supported by LSUHSC Assistant Professors and Louisiana LEND faculty Leslie C. Lopez, Ph.D., CCC/SLP and Megan R. Guidry, Au.D., CCC-A.

The session reports preliminary evidence to support the implementation of a peer-led interdisciplinary (speech-language and audiology) educational training on a health sciences center campus to improve physician assistant students’ knowledge of speech-language-hearing developmental milestones and routine, standardized developmental screening. Implications of the study findings and feasibility of implementation on other health sciences campuses will also be discussed.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the importance of completing routine, standardized developmental screening for timely referrals to speech-language pathologists and audiologists
  • Summarize how interdisciplinary peer teaching can improve the knowledge of graduate student clinicians in other disciplines on speech-language-hearing developmental milestones
  • Assess the feasibility of implementing interdisciplinary peer teaching in the university setting

About the Authors

Leslie C. Lopez, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, section of Speech Pathology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

Megan R. Guidry, Au.D., CCC-A is an Assistant Professor of Audiology at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Faculty Mentor. Dr. Guidry’s career as an Audiologist and professor has focused on assisting individuals throughout their life course overcome physical, social, and emotional barriers posed by the presence of hearing loss.

Sloane Henry, B.S. is a third year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She will graduate with a Doctor of Audiology Degree in May 2022, upon completing her fourth year externship in Tampa, Florida. Sloane participated in the Louisiana LEND program in 2020-2021.

Lilli Patton, MCD, CF-SLP received a Master of Communication Disorders degree in May 2021 from the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Lilli participated in the Louisiana LEND program in 2020-2021.

Alix Moody, B.S. is a third-year graduate student in the Doctor of Audiology Program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. She will graduate with a Doctor of Audiology degree in May 2022. Alix participated in the Louisiana LEND program in 2020-2021.

About Louisiana LEND

The Louisiana Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) is a nine-month interdisciplinary training program that incorporates both didactic and experiential learning in clinical and community-based settings. LEND prepares graduate students, family members, self-advocates, and practicing professionals to become future leaders in designing and implementing services, policies, advocacy, and consuming/conducting research and evaluation addressing the needs and priorities of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), other neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) and developmental disabilities (DD) and their families.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.