School of Communication
The School of Communication, through the College of Liberal Arts, offers undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies and Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology, an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.).
The department also serves the community through its Speech and Hearing Center and it administers Louisiana Tech University's award-winning debate program.
The School of Communication, housed in Robinson Hall, Davison, and Keeny has the largest and most competitive graduate enrollment of any masters program in the College of Liberal Arts and has the only doctoral program in the College of Liberal Arts, the Doctor of Audiology. The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology programs are major academic components of the Department of Communication Disorders. The master's program in Speech-Language Pathology and the doctoral program in Audiology are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
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School of Communication Strategic Plan 2012-2017
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Jacob Sommers and Michael Arnold, both 2nd-year Audiology students, attended the 2017 American Academy of Audiology (AAA) Conference in Indianapolis this year. They had the opportunity to interact and network with other Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) members as well as AAA members and potential employers. Jacob, who is a graduate of the 2016 Future Leaders of Audiology Student Conference (FLASC), was selected to attend the first ever Student Leaders of Audiology Conference (SLAC) in Indianapolis this year. Both students represented Louisiana Tech Audiology in a great way and are already planning to attend next year’s conference which will be in Nashville.
Students Present Research Projects at the 2016 LAA Professional Conference
Hayden Holtzclaw, Melissa De La O, Brooke Carsey, and Rachel McGee represented the Au.D. program of Louisiana Tech University in outstanding fashion at the 2016 Louisiana Academy of Audiology Professional Conference. Each student presented their research projects to a full audience of audiologists and fellow students. The presentations were the highlight of the student research forum where Au.D. students were invited to present their research ideas and findings. Each student was given ten minutes to share their research ideas to the audience, and at the conclusion answer questions. Their presentations stimulated much discussion and highlighted the ongoing student research that our department supports.
2016 Louisiana Academy of Audiology Student Scholarship Recipient
We would like to congratulate Hayden Holtzclaw for his recognition and awarding of the 2016 Louisiana Academy of Audiology Student Scholarship. The $500.00 scholarship is awarded to one outstanding full-time graduate student enrolled at Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University Health and Sciences Center. The scholarship application process is selective and based on academic and clinical achievement.
The Louisiana Tech University Speech and Hearing Center (LTSHC) announces the addition
of a satellite space for use in additional assessment and treatment of speech-language
and hearing interventions. The space is housed in the Robert H. Rawle Enterprise Center,
509 W. Alabama Ave. Ruston, LA 71270. The LTSHC offers speech and hearing assessments,
therapeutic intervention, hearing aid dispensing, and tinnitus management.
The LTSHC has also begun two new assessment programs on the Tech campus in our Robinson Hall clinic. The Department of Communication Disorders now offers vestibular testing/rehabilitation and augmentative communication evaluations. These two components add to the wide array of speech and hearing assessment and therapy already offered at both sites.
For further information regarding the LTSHC, please contact either clinic site. The Robinson Hall clinic can be reached at 318-257-4766 and the Rawle Enterprise Center clinic at 318-257-2438.
The Spirit Reins Equine Center and Hippotherapy
The Louisiana Tech University Speech-Language Pathology graduate students and faculty visited Spirit Reins Equine Center in Harrisonburg, Louisiana. Anna Costanza Borne, M.A., CCC-SLP, Louisiana Tech graduate and one of the founders of the non-profit organization, is a Speech-Language Pathologist who conducts speech and language therapy with clients incorporating equine movement otherwise known as hippotherapy. "Hippo" is the ancient Greek word for horse. Anna is trained to use hippotherapy as a treatment strategy to address her clients’ speech and language deficits. The beautiful farm is owned by her parents who care for the horses and property. Two 12-week sessions are held twice a year for approximately 20 clients with multiple disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Apraxia, developmental delays, and Joubert's syndrome. Anna explained the impact equine movement has while treating clients' speech and language disorders. Clients are motivated using multiple sensory inputs during therapy. During therapy sessions, a trained handler for each horse is present leading the horse while Anna focuses on the needs of the client. Her therapy setting includes an arena with a variety of therapy materials and sensory reinforcements as well as a trail ride with intermittent mailboxes housing additional therapy stimuli. Anna's passion for her clients and the progress she has witnessed in this setting was inspiring.
306 Robinson Hall
P.O. Box 3165
Ruston, LA 71272
Phone: (318) 257-4764
Fax: (318) 257-4492
The School of Communication Strategic Plan can be obtained by submitting a written request to Dr. Brenda Heiman at P.O. Box 3165, Ruston, LA 71272.
Note: Individuals are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner-that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran. The institution and program comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto.