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Summary: The purpose of this research study is to examine the potential benefit of completing a training program along with the use of a small hearing device over a 12-week period. Participants that have been diagnosed with autism will be asked to complete three, two-day test sessions (approximately 3 hours each day) that are 12 weeks apart as well as 12 weeks of training and daily use of the small hearing device.


 

Location: The study will be conducted at the UNT Speech and Hearing Center, 907 West Sycamore, Denton, TX 76201. It is located at the corner of Bernard St. and West Sycamore St.  You may park in visitor parking adjacent to the building and will need to get a parking pass from Kathy Shelby at the front desk when you arrive. Research assistants will pick your child up from the waiting room upon arrival to begin testing and/or training.


 

Test Sessions: Participants will be asked to complete three, two-day test sessions that are approximately 3 hours each day. Test sessions are scheduled 12 weeks apart. On one day of testing, participants are asked to complete tests of listening ability that include a hearing test where they raise their hand when they hear a beep, speech testing where they will repeat what they hear or answer questions, and loudness testing where we ask them to tell us where speech is comfortable in background noise. Some of these tests are done with headphones on. On the other day of testing, participants will sit in a comfortable chair and watch a video with no sound. Sticky electrodes will be placed on their head, and soft insert earphones will be put in their ears that present sounds. This test measures their brain’s response to sound. Parents or guardians will be asked to complete a hearing history form, hearing questionnaires, and records release form (~20 minutes), or older participants will complete these forms. At the completion of the study, we will provide the parent/guardian/participant with a summary of the participant’s performance across the three test sessions. 


 


Training Program:
Participants will be assigned randomly to Group A or Group B. Group A begins training after the first test sessions, and Group B begins training after the second test session. The auditory training program is done three times a week for 12 weeks. Each day of training is approximately one hour.  For 30 minutes of the training, participants will wear headphones and repeat words and sentences that they hear. For the second 30 minutes of training, participants will work one-on-one with a clinician to complete listening training (repeating words and sentences and answering questions) while some background noise is coming through a small speaker. The purpose of this training is to practice listening in noisy environments.


 

Hearing Device: During the 12-week training period participants will be asked to use a small hearing device at home and at school. This device is designed to send speech from the primary talker (i.e., a parent, friend, or the teacher) directly to the listener’s ear. The primary talker uses a transmitter (Roger Pen) while the student wears two small receivers (Roger Focus), one in each ear. This device is designed for individuals with normal hearing, so it will not be too loud, and it will not block natural sound from entering the ear. It can be used at home and at school, and in our past research studies, many teachers and parents report that it really helps in the classroom, particularly in noisy situations. Please let us know if you want a copy of these previous studies: Below is a link where you can see a picture of the device and read more about it:
https://www.phonak.com/us/en/hearing-aids/accessories/roger-focus.html


 

Payment: Participants are paid $20 after each of the three, two-day test sessions as well as $20 for each week of the study for a total of $300.  We will have the participant or parent/guardian sign a form each time the participant receives $20. The training and testing that the participant will receive has a monetary value of at least $2000.


 

Scheduling & Questions: We will do our best to schedule the participant for training and testing at your earliest convenience, but we are limited in our hours due to our department teaching/class schedules, as all research assistants are full-time graduate and doctoral students. We are able to schedule some participants on weekends if needed. If you have to cancel one or more dates of your training, we will need to reschedule those training sessions. You may contact our schedulers at untschaferlab@gmail.com. You may also send any questions you have to untschaferlab@gmail.com, or contact Dr. Erin Schafer directly at (940) 369-7433 or Erin.Schafer@unt.edu.


 

Foreseeable Risks: The tests and training used in this study are performed routinely, and the risks are minimal and uncommon. The foam insert earphones used for hearing tests could cause minor irritation in you or your child’s ear canal. Additionally, when conducting the testing with the electrodes, the scalp is cleaned prior to placing the sticky electrodes on the head. The mild cleaner or the sticky electrodes could cause some minor skin irritation. 


 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can my child do other therapies during the study or during the waiting period?
    • Yes.  Please notify us of these additional therapies, so we may document this information on your case history form.
    • The hearing device is also encouraged to be used during other therapies.
  2. What if my/my child’s school/teacher(s) will not allow the hearing device to be used?
    • Please contact Dr. Erin Schafer for helpful tips and additional resources to help you or your child be provided the appropriate education environment.
  3. What if the participant loses/breaks the Roger Focus or Roger Pen?
    • We ask that these expensive devices be handled with excellent care, but understand that mistakes happen. Please contact us as soon as possible.
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We’re excited you are interested in taking online courses here at UNT!

 

What we currently offer:

Courses:

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

ASLP 1040

American Sign Language 1

 

X

 

ASLP 1050

American Sign Language 2

 

 

X

ASLP 4035

Speech Sound Disorder*

 

X

X

ASLP 4040

Introduction to Language Disorders**

X

X

X

ASLP 4045

Basic Rehabilitative Audiology***

 

X

 

Prerequisite(s) for course enrollment (with the exception of if you are taking courses as a post-bac student):

*Requires ASLP 2020 and ASLP 3035 or equivalent. **Requires ASLP 3035 or equivalent. ***Requires ASLP 3040 or equivalent.

View all ASLP courses descriptions here.

 


 

Course Enrollment Cost:

Texas (in-state) Residents:

If you live in the state of Texas, online courses typically cost the same amount as an on-campus courses; the regular resident or non-resident tuition applies. View UNT’s Tuition and Fee Rates at http://studentaccounting.unt.edu/tuition-and-fees

Non-Texas (out-of-state) Residents:

If you currently reside out of state and do not have Texas residency, then an out-of-state teaching fee is assigned in lieu of tuition. (This fee is $384 per credit hour)

 

*If you are taking only online courses during the semester, several fees such as the student recreation center fee and student union fee are waived.

**Financial aid is not available to non-degree seeking students.

 


 

Get Started Now!

It's easy to apply.

Step 1: Fill out our online transient student application at applytexas.org and pay the application fee.

Step 2: Send an official transcript from your last college attended

 

What does it take to get in?

A minimum 2.00 GPA (4.0 system)

You are in good standing (eligible to return) to the last institution you attended

You are not on academic probation or suspension from that institution

You have taken the prerequisites needed for the course you wish to complete.

 

Steps to enroll in your ASLP online course(s):

Email us at aslp-online@unt.edu with

1) The course number of the class you are wishing to enroll in.

2) The semester you are wanting to take the class.

3) If applicable, a copy of your transcript (unofficial or official) from the     college where you took the prerequisite course for verification.

*Coursework advising is done via email since these courses are online. 

 


 

Important Dates to Note:

 

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Registration begins:

Varies depending upon the status of the student, check Registrar’s office.

First day of class:

July 9, 2018

August 27, 2018

Spring 2018 dates have not yet been released from the Registrar’s office. Check back later for important dates.

Last day of class:

August 9, 2018

December 6, 2018

Finals:

August 10, 2018

December 8-14, 2018

Last day to add a class:

July 9, 2018

August 31, 2018

Last day to drop a class:

July 12, 2018

September 10, 2018

 


 

We’re here to help.

Visit https://aslp.hps.unt.edu/aslp-online for additional information on enrolling in UNT's Audiology and Speech Language Pathology online courses or email aslp-online@unt.edu with specific questions or concerns.

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The Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology in the College of Health and Public Service is home to students who are dedicated to addressing the needs of our communities. When you invest in ASLP scholarships, you make a lasting impact on the community and help our students reach their goals.
 
The Department offers several different scholarships to current students:
  • Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Student Scholarship

    Open to graduate students enrolled full time in the Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology program in the College of Health and Public Service, with a 3.0 GPA or above.

    Typical scholarship awards range from $250-$1000. The number of competitive awards given each year is dependent on the number of applicants and funding available.

  • Speech and Hearing Sciences Scholarship

    Open to graduate students in the College of Health and Public Service, with a 3.4 GPA or above who have been admitted to a graduate degree program in the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology.

    Typical scholarship awards range from $500-$1,000. The number of competitive awards given each year is dependent on the number of applicants and funding available.

  • Pat A. Summers Leadership Award

    Established to provide travel support to attend scholarly conferences and present posters or give presentations, this scholarship is open to graduate students enrolled full-time in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology programs within the College of Health and Public Service, with a 3.0 GPA or above.

    Typical scholarship awards range from $500-$1,000. The number of awards given each year is dependent on the number of applicants, the cost of the trip, and funding available.

  • Dr. Sandra L. Terrell Scholarship

    Open to graduate student’s enrolled full time in the College of Health and Public Service, who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree within the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology with a 3.0 GPA or above.

    Typical scholarship awards range from $250-$1,000. The number of competitive awards given each year is dependent on the number of applicants and funding available.

  • Brenda L. Petersen Scholarship

    Open to undergraduate students enrolled full time in the College of Health and Public Service, who are interested in pursuing a degree in Audiology within the Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, with a 3.0 GPA or above.

    Typical scholarship awards range from $250-$1,000. The number of competitive awards given each year is dependent on the number of applicants and funding available.

 

You can also choose to support the mission of the Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology programs in other ways.
  • Joanne Moore Fund for Children
    The UNT Speech & Hearing Center, through its mission of clinical teaching, serves not only the UNT campus community but also the general public. The Joanne Moore Fund for Children was created to financially assist families whose children could not otherwise receive services at UNT Speech & Hearing Center.
  • ASLP Department Development Fund
    A way to give without designating a specific recipient. The ASLP Development Fund provides funds for a wide variety of projects, including but not limited to:research seed funding, purchase of cutting-edge clinical equipment, support for fundraising activities and alumni gatherings, or bringing nationally- and internationally-known researchers to speak on the UNT campus.
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Bachelor's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology

The bachelor's degree is a pre-professional degree for persons wishing to pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology and audiology. The master's degree is required to be licensed in Texas and for clinical certification by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Beginning in the year 2007, the Doctor of Audiology will be the entry level degree needed to practice audiology.

The pre-professional program provides basic preparation in the normal development and functioning of speech, language, and hearing, and introductory courses concerned with communication disorders and appropriate remedial procedures. Clinical activities are scheduled concurrently with academic progress and involve diagnostic and therapeutic interaction with speech, language and hearing handicapped individuals under closely supervised conditions. Satisfactory completion of the master's programs or the professional doctorate program enables individuals to meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence and the state of Texas license in speech-language pathology and/or audiology.

Obtaining a Second Bachelor's Degree

Getting a 2nd Bachelors degree is equated to being a double major, the only difference is that the 2nd major is obtained at a later date. Classes taken while obtaining the first Bachelor’s (mainly core classes) will be applied to the 2nd Bachelor’s, eliminating the need to retake these classes. The student would then be required to only take new classes that have not already been taken for the new major. The 2nd bachelor’s degree seeking student will take all of the SPHS courses (39 hours).

Career Information

For more information about careers in speech-language pathology, please visit our Careers page. It contains links to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association career information web pages.

Additional Steps for a 2nd Bachelors degree seeking student:

1. After acceptance into the UNT Toulouse Graduate School, set an appointment with a College of Health and Public Service advisor by calling (940)565-4115, located in Chilton Hall Room 290.

The HPS advisor will review your transcripts from your 1st bachelor’s degree and determine which Core and HPS class requirements you still need.  Because of ASLP UG class requirements, the most common classes a student still needs is Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or level III and level IV of a foreign language.  The 1st bachelor’s counts as the minor for the 2nd bachelor’s degree.

2. Once the HPS advisor has reviewed your 1st bachelor’s degree, set an appointment with an advisor from the ASLP Department.

ASLP advisors can be reached by clicking here. At this appointment, you will fill out the paperwork to officially declare ASLP as a 2nd Bachelors degree.

Designation as a 2nd Bachelor’s degree student with the UNT Toulouse School of Graduate Studies AND the 2nd Bachelors Degree plan paperwork is REQUIRED to be an official 2nd bachelor degree seeking student.

3. Take all of the required classes for a bachelor’s degree in ASLP.

Minor in Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology

A minor in ASLP requires a total of 18 semester hours. For more information, visit our Minor in ASLP page.

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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology (MS-SLP)

The Master’s Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students who earn the Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology will meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and will also satisfy the requirements for Texas state licensure in speech-language pathology.

Individuals from any undergraduate field of study may apply to the Master of Science Degree Program in Speech-Language Pathology. However, applicants whose Bachelor's Degree is in a field outside Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology must complete prerequisite coursework. See Leveling / Out-of-Field Information for details.

Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.)

The Doctor of Audiology Program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Students who earn the professional doctorate will meet the academic and clinical practicum requirements for ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) and will also satisfy the requirements for Texas state licensure in Audiology.

Ph.D. in Health Services Research

The College of Health and Public Service at the University of North Texas is pleased to offer a new Ph.D. program in Health Services Research. This program provides the necessary foundation in health services for future leaders, while providing different choices for specialization based on areas of expertise.

Health care systems are ever-changing and under constant pressure to improve quality of care and outcomes its consumers. Leaders in the current health care delivery environment seek a broad based graduate education that offers the opportunity to assume a leadership role in diverse health care delivery settings that serves a broader spectrum of the population.

This program provides a broad foundation in public health concerns, research and evaluation methods, and health and social policy analysis to meet the demands of a dynamic health services delivery environment. The Ph.D. program in Health Services Research (HSR) provides opportunities for specialized expertise across several Concentration areas: Applied Gerontology, Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology, and Rehabilitation Science.

We have a core faculty that has a vast array of experience in a variety of health care delivery environments, and broad expertise in health care and health-related research and policy. The focus will be on developing academic research scientists who are interested in contributing to the health services discipline through research, education and policy analysis.

Graduates of the PhD Program in Health Services Research will be prepared to function as educators, researchers and leaders in health services. You may find future graduates working as university faculty; health research policy analysts with government and non-profit agencies; or as health systems administrators in the public or private industry. The degree program graduates will be prepared to address research, education, service delivery, and policy challenges requiring an interdisciplinary perspective across various service settings.

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Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology

The Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology provides the finest graduate professional education in both speech-language pathology and audiology while maintaining an excellent pre-professional undergraduate degree. The program stresses excellence in teaching, research, service by its faculty and students. As a component of the educational program, the department operates the UNT Speech and Hearing Center. The Center offers professional services to members of our campus community and the general public for the purpose of providing clinical training for students. The Center offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders.

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