The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders actively reaches out to the community. The department offers two summer camp programs that benefit the community and enrich our graduate student’s experience. The language-literacy summer camp is for school-aged children who have a speech or language delay.
In 2015, Dr. Lundgren and Dr. Ye He (School of Education) received a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program award to support a four-week study abroad experience in Shanghai China. Teachers and speech-language pathologists from North Carolina participated in this program.
Graduate students volunteer their time and energy to organize, fund raise, cook, and walk to support the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina. These efforts help to increase community awareness of brain injury and to raise funds for thousands of individuals in the state who are living with the chronic effects of brain injury.
During the summer of 2008, under the direction of Professor Perry Flynn, Dr. Kristine Lundgren, and Professor Lyn Mankoff, faculty members in CSD, the camp focused on the communication deficits associated with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
This three hour per day experience exposes all participants to activities in three learning centers:
- basic barn management
- a classroom setting that is focused on teaching the participants about the thoroughbred race horse industry
This clinical experience also serves as a field research laboratory for students and faculty interested in collecting data on animal assisted therapies, therapeutic riding, cognitive-linguistic, and social engagement deficits associated with autism.