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 A pediatric aural habilitation specialist is a speech pathologist or audiologist who is competent in training children with hearing loss and their families to maximize their auditory communication.

Training Objectives:

The objectives of the training are to increase students' knowledge of:

  1. pediatric populations in their respective majors,
  2. how to effectively serve families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss,
  3. the unique needs of these children in mainstream educational environments,
  4. auditory management and the development of auditory-oral skills,
  5. interdisciplinary service models,
  6. consultation skills through experiences with regular education and special education teachers,
  7. technological advances in sensory aids including cochlear implants and assistive listening devices, and
  8. how multicultural factors influence assessment and intervention.


Graduate Students in Speech Pathology and Audiology who have an interest in gaining expertise with children who are hearing impaired. Those who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for funding:

Admitted to the Graduate Program

Enrolled for 12 or more academic credit hours

GPA of 3.0 or higher

Satisfactory Clinical Performance

Completed a minimum of 9 undergraduate hours of courses in communication disorders

Financial Support:

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and are selected will be considered for funding opportunities as they arise. These may range from research experiences to assistants in the school settings.

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Linda Thibodeau
University of Texas at Dallas
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
1966 Inwood Rd.
Dallas, TX 75035
[email protected]

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