Experiential Instruction in Graduate-Level Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology Students in Outer and Middle Ear Screening Purpose This study presents a piloted training model of experiential instruction in outer and middle ear (OE-ME) screening for graduate speech-language pathology students with peer teaching by doctor of audiology (AuD) students. Method Six individual experiential training sessions in screening otoscopy and tympanometry were conducted for 36 graduate-level ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 01, 2015
Experiential Instruction in Graduate-Level Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology Students in Outer and Middle Ear Screening
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Yula C. Serpanos
    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
    Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium (Adelphi University, Hofstra University, and St. John's University)
  • Deborah Senzer
    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
    Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium (Adelphi University, Hofstra University, and St. John's University)
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Yula C. Serpanos: Serpanos@adelphi.edu
  • Editor: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Associate Editor: Rebecca McCauley
    Associate Editor: Rebecca McCauley×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   May 01, 2015
Experiential Instruction in Graduate-Level Preparation of Speech-Language Pathology Students in Outer and Middle Ear Screening
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2015, Vol. 24, 81-87. doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0074
History: Received May 27, 2014 , Revised August 27, 2014 , Accepted January 12, 2015
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2015, Vol. 24, 81-87. doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0074
History: Received May 27, 2014; Revised August 27, 2014; Accepted January 12, 2015
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Purpose This study presents a piloted training model of experiential instruction in outer and middle ear (OE-ME) screening for graduate speech-language pathology students with peer teaching by doctor of audiology (AuD) students.

Method Six individual experiential training sessions in screening otoscopy and tympanometry were conducted for 36 graduate-level speech-language pathology students led by a supervised AuD student.

Results Postexperiential training, survey outcomes from 24 speech-language pathology students revealed a significant improvement (p = .01) in perceptions of attaining adequate knowledge and comfort in performing screening otoscopy (handheld and video otoscopy) and tympanometry. In a group of matched controls who did not receive experiential training in OE-ME screening (n = 24), ratings on the same learning outcomes survey in otoscopy and tympanometry were significantly poorer (p = .01) compared with students who did receive experiential training.

Conclusion A training model of experiential instruction for speech-language pathology students by AuD students improved learning outcomes, illustrating its promise in affecting clinical practices. The instructional model also meets the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2008) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2014)  Certificate of Clinical Competence (ASHA CCC) standards for speech-language pathology in OE-ME screening and CAA (2008)  and ASHA (2012)  CCC standards in the supervisory process for audiology.

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