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Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders

Telepractice

The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders is an integral part of the graduate training program in speech and language pathology at Teachers College. The Clinic offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals of all ages with communication disorders. Services are provided by program faculty and clinical instructors who hold national and state certification in their respective areas. Qualified graduate students provide or assist in the provision of these services under the direct supervision of the faculty and staff.

The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders was completely renovated during the summer of 2010.  The renovation allowed us to upgrade all the functions of the clinic by providing a spacious waiting room, clinical laboratory, student work room, additional staff offices, and two additional therapy rooms.  The renovation also facilitated our ability to provide speech and language services through telepractice within our clinic and to incorporate education in telepractice within our curriculum. Telepractice, as a component of the established area of Telemedicine, is a still a relatively new clinical approach in speech and language pathology. The use of videoconferencing via a secure internet connection allows clinicians to evaluate and treat individuals who may otherwise not be able to physically come into the clinic.

The new advances in technology require updating the equipment as more efficient technologies emerge.

Currently the Telepractice Suite consists of three therapy rooms that will be used for teleconferencing. The largest of the three adjacent rooms has a large flat screen monitor with associated computer connections to the internet and to the internal computer systems. All the Clinical Instructors have access to a laptop computer dedicated exclusively for telepractice services. These are laptop computers with touch screen and high resolution video cameras. The laptops function as a tablet and computer, to allow a model of services where the clinician has the ability to move and demonstrate any therapeutic technique or exercise instead of just sitting in front of the screen.

The addition of a Telepractice Suite to the Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders provides TC's students with a unique opportunity to gain experience with this new evidence-based method of providing services to various populations. It will also allow for clients in more rural areas, where services are limited, to have access to the expertise and knowledge of our Clinical Instructors.

With the addition of the new equipment, projects in the areas of cleft palate, early intervention, feeding, and adult language and neurogenic disorders are being developed.