Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS)
Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences
The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences challenges and inspires students to become competent professionals by developing a foundation of knowledge and effective clinical skills. Students will demonstrate a positive attitude for learning, connect in cooperative relationships with faculty, supervisors, and fellow students, and develop responsibility for ethical and professional behavior in the academic and clinical environments.
News and Events
Youngerman Center Hosts 10th Annual Stroke Awareness Walk
The Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders held its tenth annual Stroke Awareness Walk on September 7, 2019. The event was well received, with 100 individuals participating. The goal of the Stroke Awareness Walk was to promote community awareness of stroke, stroke prevention, and the possible deficits from a stroke. Additionally, the walk was intended to make the public and medical professionals aware of the various services available at the Youngerman Center, an outpatient speech, language, and hearing clinic operated by the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences (CDS) at Fredonia. The center offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults in the surrounding communities, as well as to college students, faculty, and staff. The assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, stuttering, swallowing, auditory processing, hearing loss, accent, and neurological disorders such as head injury and stroke are services available at the center.
Free hearing screenings, educational handouts, and informational brochures from the Youngerman Center were offered to participants and members of the community. Julie Williams, Clinic Director, has coordinated the walk since its debut in 2010. CDS Professional staff members and students, along with other State University of New York at Fredonia students, also participated in the event.
2019 New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) scholarship awardee is a Fredonia graduate student!
New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA), Albany, NY. Alessandra A. Peters (Class of 2019) was awarded the graduate NYSSLHA scholarship in April 2019. Applicants submitted an essay, and the award criteria included a student’s research involvement, academic performance, clinical performance, pre-professional involvement/leadership, and community involvement. Alessandra later presented her research project, The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on Word Retrieval in Individuals with High Cognitive Reserve versus Low Cognitive Reserve, May 2-4, 2019 at the NYSSLHA Annual Convention in Albany, NY. Her mentors are McLoddy R. Kadyamusuma, Ph.D., & Bridget A. Russell, Ph.D.
- Peters, A., Kadyamusuma, M., Russell, B. (May 2019) The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on Word Retrieval in Individuals with High Cognitive Reserve versus Low Cognitive Reserve. Poster presentation at NYSSLHA Convention.
SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC), Niagara Community College (April 27, 2019):
Franci Bonaforte and Sarah Morgan presented a poster entitled “Face south!”- Examining Spatial Language Use in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Branciforte, F., Morgan, S., Grossman, R.B., and Zane, E. (April 2019) “Face south!”- Examining spatial language use in children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster presentation at SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC). Buffalo, NY
Katie Cronin and Samantha Edinger presented a poster entitled How Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Use Referential Language in Conversation.
- Cronin, K.R., Edinger, S., Grossman, R.B., and Zane, E. (April 2019) How Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Use Referential Language in Conversation. Poster presentation at SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC). Buffalo, NY
International Society of Autism Research (INSAR), Montreal, QC. (May 1-4, 2019):
Abby Krzyzanowicz attended and assisted Dr. Emily Zane in presenting a poster entitled Deficits in Understanding Perspective-Dependent Spatial Language By Older Children with ASD.
- Zane, E., Ramakrishna, A., Narayanan, S., Krzyzanowicz, A., Grossman, R.B. (May 2019). Deficits in Understanding Perspective-Dependent Spatial Language By Older Children with ASD. Poster presentation at the INSAR Annual Meeting
Dr. Szu-Han Kay Chen and Michael O'Leary published an article, Eye Gaze 101: What Speech-Language Pathologists Should Know About Selecting Eye Gaze Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems, in Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.
Dr. McLoddy Kadyamusuma presented three papers at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference at Monroe Community College in April 2018.
The Fredonia NSSLHA group prepared notes welcoming newly accepted undergraduate Communication Disorders and Sciences students to Fredonia.
Dr. Kadyamusuma presented a paper, Standardization of the Shona-Enlgish Bilingual Aphasia Assessment Test, at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in Los Angeles, California.