BOONE, N.C. — Students in the speech-language pathology, reading education and special education programs at Appalachian State University will continue to receive specialized training in “high intensity” needs as part of their graduate program thanks to a five-year Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education (iSHINE) grant awarded to Appalachian faculty.
Dr. Emily Lakey, assistant professor in Appalachian’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, was awarded $242,599 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). This funding, provided for the duration of Oct. 1, 2018–Sept. 30, 2019, is in addition to the initial funding she received for the project in 2017.
In early February, Lakey received an additional $121,299 in funding for the project. According to Appalachian’s Office of Research, she expects to receive over $1 million when the project is fully funded.
Throughout the five-year duration of the project (2017–22), Lakey said 28 Appalachian iSHINE scholars will receive the specialized training needed to serve children with high intensity needs as members of interdisciplinary teams in school settings.
Examples of high intensity needs include multiple disabilities, significant cognitive disabilities, significant physical disabilities, significant sensory disabilities, significant autism, significant emotional disabilities or significant learning disabilities.
“Four cohorts of seven scholars will participate in interdisciplinary graduate coursework and 20 hours of additional coordinated field experience with children with high intensity needs,” Lakey explained.
“Scholars will gain competencies in focused instruction and intensive individualized interventions in the areas of language and communication, assistive technology, literacy and behavior management.”
Appalachian’s iSHINE grant is administered through the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Institute for Health and Human Services (IHHS) within the university’s Beaver College of Health Sciences.
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About the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences is devoted to the study of human communication and associated disorders. The department offers the Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. The undergraduate program provides students with the academic preparation and clinical exposure needed to enter professional graduate programs in speech pathology or audiology, or to pursue entry-level work in related areas. The master’s program prepares students to work as licensed speech therapists in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics. Learn more at https://comdis.appstate.edu.
About the Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry — Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers 10 undergraduate degree programs and six graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work. Learn more at https://healthsciences.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Reading Education and Special Education
The Department of Reading Education and Special Education offers innovative programs focusing on all facets of reading, writing, language arts and specific areas of special education. The Anderson Reading Clinic provides direct services to children with reading disabilities. Learn more at https://rese.appstate.edu.
About the Reich College of Education
Appalachian offers one of the largest undergraduate teacher preparation programs in North Carolina, graduating about 500 teachers a year. The Reich College of Education enrolls approximately 2,400 students in its bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctoral degree programs. With so many teacher education graduates working in the state, there is at least one RCOE graduate teaching in every county in North Carolina. Learn more at https://rcoe.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System, Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.