The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences provides high-quality academic and clinical instruction in an undergraduate program integrated with an accredited graduate program in speech-language pathology.
The department operates a speech-language-hearing clinic for the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. These services are offered to both EIU students and members of the community.
In conjunction with the academic training program, we operate the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic to provide clinical experiences for students in training. The Clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services for more than 100 clients per semester. Students work with clients from surrounding communities in a 70-80 mile radius of Charleston.
The CDS department faculty offers a dynamic and interactive teaching style with a small student-teacher ratio. We also offer an open-door policy and students are encouraged to stop by and interact on a regular basis. Individual attention and close student/instructor interaction is a key factor in success. When walking the halls, you can be sure to see an “open door” and probably a student sitting with a faculty member discussing class, clinic, or a research project.
Faculty members are actively engaged in practicing their profession through teaching, supervision, service on professional committees, attendance at conferences, and mentoring research. Dedicated faculty have clinical expertise and maintain a caseload in our clinic which ensures that they can provide the latest treatment instruction. All faculty members teach courses, advise, and supervise in the clinic. Their priority is teaching YOU!
The Communication Disorders and Sciences Department continually reviews the undergraduate curriculum to offer a pre-professional bachelor’s degree that leads to dynamic options for the future. The undergraduate curriculum prepares students to meet the demands of the graduate school academically, clinically and in research. Classes offer students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to clinical situations.
When students sign up for thesis hours, they are working closely with an individual faculty mentor to review literature on a topic, plan a small research project in an area of speech pathology that interests the student, collect data for the research project, and write up the research project in the form of a thesis that is typically 30-40 pages in length.
The Autism Center at Eastern Illinois University is housed within the Department of Communication Disorders & Sciences as an extension of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Its mission is to provide support services to individuals and their families who are dealing with the challenges of an autism spectrum disorder. Click here for more information on this service.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at Eastern Illinois University was the first clinic for persons with communication handicaps to be established in east central Illinois. A full range of diagnostic and treatment services for persons of all ages is available at the Clinic. Click here for more information on this service.
Ms. Fahy specializes in the assessment of executive dysfunction, particularly as it is associated with concomitant disorders of language, cognition, or social/pragmatics. Many of her clients typically have multiple comorbid diagnoses and are seeking diagnostic insight and recommendations for home, school, and vocational needs.