Communication Sciences and DisordersWestern Health Sciences

Clinical Placements

Placement

As part of their degree requirements, students in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders participate in a wide range of clinical placements. Clinical settings include the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic, hospitals, schools, treatment centres, private practice locations and specialized clinics. Many of these settings offer students the opportunity to interact and collaborate with students and professionals from other disciplines.

Audiology Placements

Year 1

Students in Year 1 are assigned to a winter term clinical practicum placement at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic consisting of two hours of clinical audiology per week. Supervisory conferences with clinical faculty will require another half- to one-hour session.
Students are assigned to an eight-week full-time placement in the summer term. This placement can occur in the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic or at an outside facility.

Year 2

Students in Year 2 are assigned to a fall term clinical practicum placement at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic consisting of two hours of clinical audiology per week. An additional winter practicum may be assigned, if needed or requested by students with the agreement of the student’s academic supervisor or research supervisor and the clinical coordinator.

Students are assigned to an eight-week full-time placement in the summer term. This placement can occur in the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic or at an outside facility.

Students in the combined MClSc/PhD program will have a modified schedule of placements.

Speech-Language Pathology Placements

Year 1

Students in Year 1 are assigned to clinical practica at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic during winter and spring terms. The placement normally consist of two to four hours of direct client contact per week. Supervisory conferences with clinical faculty and teaching clinics are included in the placement and can account for an additional one to two hours per week.

Students participate in the summer term in a variety of clinical areas either within or outside of the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic. These intensive placements can be up to 12 weeks in duration (12 week placements include the spring term).

Year 2

Students in Year 2 are assigned to clinical placements at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic during the fall term. The placements normally consist of two to four hours of direct client contact per week. Supervisory conferences with clinical faculty and teaching clinics are included in the placement and can account for an additional ont to two hours per week.

Students are assigned to a winter term clinical practicum at an outside facility which is the equivalent of one full day per week over a 10- to 12-week period (i.e., 10 to 12 full days).

Students are assigned to an eight- to 12-week full-time summer externship placement. The length of this placement varies according to student need, facility need, and community placement availability.

Students in the combined MClSc/PhD program will have a modified schedule of placements.

Placement Requirements

Program Requirements

Proof of meeting Program Requirements must be demonstrated to Student Health Services by October 31st of each academic year. Students should retain original copies of all documents as they will be required for participation in clinical placements. Students will receive instruction regarding completion of these medical (immunizations and vaccinations) and non-medical (Vulnerable Sector Screening, mask-fit testing, WHMIS testing, OHSA testing) following their acceptance into the program and prior to entry of each subsequent year.

Travel

The Coordinators of Clinical Education for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology are responsible for providing students with clinical placements that meet the professional requirements for licensing/registration in provincial regulatory Colleges and membership/registration with provincial and national professional associations. Coordinators will work with students to arrange placements that satisfy students’ degree requirements and professional licensing/registration/membership needs. Students must be prepared to accept clinical placements that are outside of both the city of London and their home communities. Any costs incurred in securing housing or travelling to clinical placements are the sole responsibility of the student. The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders sometimes is able to provide travel and accommodation funding to off-set some of the additional costs related to completing clinical placements outside the City of London/Middlesex County or students’ home community. Students will be informed of their eligibility for this funding by their Coordinator of Clinical Education. Student funding will be dependent on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the total funding available and the number of eligible students applying for such funding.

Interprofessional Health Education (IPHE) Series

As a way to facilitate skills to work in interprofessional teams, all clinical students in audiology and speech-language pathology are required to participate in the Elborn IPHE series as part of their clinical training. These IPHE sessions are approximately 90 – 120 minutes in length and involve working through case studies under the guidance of clinicians from the health disciplines (including audiology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology).

The IPHE Series provides students with an opportunity to meet students from the other disciplines and to work with them on real issues faced by interprofessional teams in the community.