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Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders
The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders is an integral part of the graduate clinical training program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College. The Clinic offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals of all ages with communication and feeding/swallowing disorders. Services are provided by 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 clinical instructors.
The Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders includes a spacious waiting room, clinical laboratory, student work room, offices for clinical instructors, and multiple evaluation and therapy rooms. We offer in-person and remote (telepractice) services. Our provision of remote services, videoconferencing via a secure internet connection, has increased significantly due to distancing requirements due to COVID-19. At this time, we use this technology to evaluate and treat individuals who may otherwise not be able to physically come into the clinic. We plan to continue offering this service as programs return to a new normal post-COVID.
The new advances in technology require updating the equipment as more efficient technologies emerge.
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 services 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.