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Communication Sciences & Disorders

In the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

Bolivia 2012

Seven Years in Bolivia
Program in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Teachers College Columbia University

May-June 2012

Dr. Catherine Crowley will not lead a group of TC SLP master’s students to Bolivia in 2013. Instead, she is bringing a second group to Ghana. She is looking to establish another trip to Latin American for 2014, but this is not confirmed. 

Each year, for the past seven years, Catherine (Cate) Crowley and clinical supervisors bring a group of SLP graduate students to La Paz, Bolivia to offer clinical services in Spanish to Bolivians with communication disorders and to offer the TC CSP students the opportunity to deepen their cultural and linguistic competencies. This program supports the bilingual/multicultural program focus in the 
SLP program at Teachers College Columbia University.

Over the seven years, approximately 120 TC CSP students participated in the Bolivia program. This year the students focused their time at Camino de Sordos a school for children who are Deaf, CEREFE a school for students with various disabilities, and Hospital San Miguel with Dr. Rosa, Bolivia’s foremost cleft palate surgeon.While at Camino, the TC student clinicians assess students for aural and speech skills, provide daily aural habilitation therapy, and train parents, staff, and administrators at theschool how to continue the work once they leave. With the Camino faculty, the TC team works to ensure success for Camino students integrated in a general education school in the afternoons. Our work continues throughout the school year through telepracticewhere students continue aural habilitation therapy via Skype.

Our Bolivian Colleagues

Camino de Sordos, La Paz, Bolivia, Paola Mariana Pastor 
Hospital San Gabriel, Dr. Roberto Rossini Rosa Imaa
CEREFE, Dr. Ricardo Quiroga

The Teachers College Columbia University Team
Catherine J. Crowley, J.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Director
Miriam Baigorri, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Director
Melissa Inniss, Au.D., CCC-SLP/A, Director of Audiology
Sylvia Yudice Walters, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor Aural Habilitation
Natalia Martinex, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Superivisor Aural Habilitation Telepractice

Ivonne Jara, Diana Ruiz, Carla Montoya, Noelia Riquelme, Christine Tu, Cate Crowley, Kiera Crowley, Sylvia Walters, Paola Mariana Pastor Imaa, Theresa Donohue, Christie Clarke, Elanna Seid, Melissa Inniss 
(left to right)

Dr. Melissa Inniss and Paula Pastor

Elanna Seid and Sylvia Walters

Christine Tu and Elanna Seid

Cate Crowley,Diana Ruiz
and CEREFE students

Nia Sanchez, Noelia Riquelme,
mom, Sylvia Walters

Theresa Donohue and Carla Montoya


Observing Dr. Roberto Rosa’s cleft palate surgery.

ASHA 2012

Elanna Seid, Christie Clarke, Cate Crowley, Diana Ruiz
Poster session at the 2012 ASHA Convention in Atlanta. 
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