The Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS) unveiled their new audio and video equipment during an open house showcase on Dec. 4th. This new equipment was the result of a $25,000 gift from Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT), to support Fresno State’s Speech and Hearing Clinic. With additional funds from the office of the Dean and departmental funds, the the total amount of funds raised was $80,000.
Some of the new equipment includes four cameras and four microphones that allow parents and supervisors in the viewing room to see and hear the treatment being conducted in the clinic. At the open house, visitors were able to view a pre-school session in progress. This new system improves the way families observe evaluation and treatment of clients with autism.
Dr. Bryan Berrett, chair in the department of CDDS, said the new equipment not only allows parents the opportunity to observe and listen, but also allows for more flexibility on the part of supervisors overseeing the student clinicians, who consist of graduate students in speech pathology.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic serves clients ranging from ages 3 to 83. For more information on the Speech and Hearing Clinic, contact Berrett at firstname.lastname@example.org.