Speech and Language Training

Speech and Language Premasters Training:

Opportunities exist for graduate students pursuing a degree in speech-language pathology (communication disorders). Typically, these placements occur in the student’s final year of a Masters degree program, as an external practicum experiences to obtain direct clinical hours and additional experience.

Graduate placements can occur at any of our physical sites and programs, where sufficient supervision is available. The placements include hospital settings (inpatient, outpatient, Center for Autism), school (lower, middle or high school or private-public partnership programs), and community (Parents and Children Together [PACT], Child Family Support Program [CFSP]) programs. Across these settings, speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat children from infants to teenagers, and some adults with developmental disabilities. In addition to communication disorders, patients may have been diagnosed with a wide range of related disorders including developmental delay, autism, genetic disorders, motor difficulties, emotional and behavioral problems, and neurological disorders (both developmental and acquired). Learn more.

Speech and Language Postmasters Training:

Support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program has helped to create and maintain a model of interdisciplinary training at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Key disciplines include speech-language pathology, audiology, pediatrics, social work, occupational and physical therapy, neuropsychology, nutrition, neurology, and psychiatry. Clinical Fellows in Speech Language Pathology are active participants in a structured sequence of seminars, rounds and clinics. Clinical Fellows who receive funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau grant complete an Individualized Training Plan (ITP), specifying goals for the training year and progress in achieving them. One component of the training program is attending weekly Core Course seminars, held at the Broadway location. CF’s from all sites and programs attend the bi-monthly Clinical Fellows Seminar, sponsored and taught by senior speech-language pathologists at KKI. At this seminar, topics include practical issues related to evaluating and treating patients with communication disorders and related developmental disabilities. Learn more.