Nemours Children's Specialty Clinic

Nemours Children’s Specialty Clinic Hearing Program: Jacksonville University, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders academic program for the Masters in Speech Language Pathology degree enrolled its first graduate students in the fall of 2014. Nemours was an integral part of the establishment of our program as one of the first and largest affiliations training our students within their speech and hearing assessment and treatment programs. The physicians, speech language pathologists, and audiologists of Nemours provide unparalleled opportunities for our students. From teaching in our classrooms, providing clinical observations and fellowships, Nemours is committed to training the next generation of providers in treating pediatric hearing loss.

No other university in the Southeastern United States is able to offer graduate student opportunities to observe complex surgeries, engage in hearing assessment and intervention with medically complex patients, and provide intensive speech therapy at both the individual level and at the classroom level. Our students begin with newborn hearing screenings and travel through identification, rehabilitation, surgeries, and education with the families of children identified with hearing loss. This is only available to our students because of the partnership and commitment we have with Nemours.

In addition, Nemours provides a valuable and overwhelming opportunity for our students to serves as counselors and speech therapists over weeklong summer camp for children with hearing loss. This provides an incredible opportunity to interact with the children and families and to see the impact of technology and intervention for these children outside of the home and school environment.

Recently, Nemours established an annual gift of $10,000 to our speech language department to provide for two scholarships to Jacksonville University students who demonstrate a passion and a commitment to providing services to children and their families identified with hearing loss.

Finally, Nemours has made the commitment to establish an auditory processing lab on the Jacksonville University campus in the fall of 2019 in the effort to establish innovative technology, research, and intervention for school age children with the diagnosis of auditory processing disorder.