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May 14, 2018
 
Tagged: Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Center for Career and Professional Development, Adelphi University, Bridges to Adelphi, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Adelphi departments team up to provide personalized learning experience for students with autism spectrum disorder

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Young Professional in a Conference Room

Dana Battaglia, a speech language pathologist and assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, had often talked with Mitch Nagler about working together to benefit students in the Bridges to Adelphi program for people on the autism spectrum. They finally did this fall, when Nagler, who is the Bridges director, came to her for help with a problem. He’d organized a group to prepare eight students for internship interviews at the Northwell Health network, but the group was falling apart.

Professor Battaglia, whose area of specialization is autism, immediately identified one of the problems. The name of the group, “Communication Skills,” was one that would alienate students, as it only pointed to an area of deficit; she suggested changing it to “Talking Success.” Then she recommended that the group focus on the specific challenges facing each student, which she helped determine by contacting the human resources director at Northwell to learn about the tasks each would perform and the skills that would be required. Bridges staff put the plan into effect, working with two students from Prof. Battaglia’s department to run the group meetings. Prof. Battaglia spoke with the group’s leaders each week to offer advice, then conducted practice interviews for each student as a final step in their preparation.

The results were remarkable. Five of the Bridges students won internships, working in Northwell’s research, information technology, communications, customer service and physical therapy departments. And two of the students were then hired as Northwell employees.

See more about Bridges at bridges.adelphi.edu.

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University, New York, is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes with world-class faculty, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support academic and career success. Adelphi offers exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training, with particular strength in our Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness.

Recognized as a Best College by U.S. News & World Report, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. It serves more than 8,100 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, as well as online.

More than 115,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, engaged citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

 
Tagged: Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Center for Career and Professional Development, Adelphi University, Bridges to Adelphi, Communication Sciences and Disorders
 
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