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Management of Pediatric Dysphagia

Gain valuable hands-on experience through this service initiative in Antigua, Guatemala!

Designed for graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders, this program offers practical firsthand experience in working with swallowing disorders in infants and young children, as well as with the assessment, treatment, management and models of delivery, comparing US health practice with a developing country such as Guatemala.  Students will study the anatomy and neurophysiology of normal swallowing as well as pathophysiology in infants and children while performing volunteer work at a local orphanage & hospital in Antigua, the former colonial capital of Guatemala.

Program Dates: May 22 – May 31, 2018

Program Itinerary: Explore the 2017 Program!

Course: CSD 341: Management of Pediatric Dysphagia in a Developing Country (1 credit).  All confirmed students will be registered for their summer course by the Office of Global Studies.

Faculty Director: Dr. Nancy Colodny - email

Dr. Colodny is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.  She has been a full-time professor since 1997 and is a member of the Dysphagia Research Society.  Her research and clinical interests are in the areas of dysphagia, adult neurogenics, geriatrics and medical speech-language pathology.  She has been the faculty director of this graduate-level AS-L/Global Studies course in Guatemala since 2008.  

Program Fee: The summer 2018 program fee is $1000, which does not include round-trip airfare to Guatemala or summer tuition (1 credit).  To see what's included in the program fee, see below.

Status: The applications for the Summer 2018 Guatemala program are now open!  Interested students must submit a Course Optiion Form to Dr. Colodny for approval.

Site-specific pre-departure orientation: TBD

Cultural Mentoring Program: Spring 2018 dates will be available shortly.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018  Click here for detailed instructions on how to submit your application.

Confirmation Deadline: March 22, 2018.  For instructions on how to confirm, please visit our Accepted Students page and follow the steps in #2.