am a speech-language pathologist of 13 years and a newly-tenured professor at
GSU. My primary areas of expertise are
the prevention of communication disorders and child language disorders.
most exciting part of my position at GSU is the opportunity to provide students
with service learning experiences that emphasize the prevention of
communication disorders in young children.
Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities in the
U.S. (ASHA, 2008) Thus, it is imperative that we teach parents, educators and
other professionals how to identify characteristics, as well as strategies to
enrich the child’s speech, language and literacy skills. I look forward to developing future service
learning projects for graduate and undergraduate students.
my research examines the role of the early childhood educator as it concerns
the ability to facilitate language and literacy strategies with their students.
far, my most valuable community service experience has been teaching reading and
communication skills to “returning citizens.”
Many of these individuals have not been a part of the academic
environment for some time. Hence a large
part of their learning is related to life experiences rather than book
knowledge. While I can only hope that
the student’s reading and communication skills improve from their participation
in the course, I am certain that I have learned invaluable lessons of
compassion, generosity, humility, and kindness through my experiences with
Altosino, A. & Armstrong, J. (2014).
The effects of a service learning workshop on theintellectual life of graduate
students in communication disorders. Submitted
to Journal of Perceptions in Higher Educations.
Armstrong, J. (2011). Serving
children with emotional/behavioral disorders: A collaborative approach. ASHA
Leader, June 24.
Cheatham, G.A., Armstrong,J., & Santos, R. M. (2009). “Y’all Listenin?”: Accessing children’s dialects in
preschool. Young Exceptional Children, 12, 2-14.
Lybolt, J., Armstrong, J., Techmanski, K., & Gottfred, C. (2007). Building
language throughout the year: The preschool early literacy curriculum. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.