New program targets pre-K kids
The Occupational Therapy Clinic introduced a program for children ages 4-5. KG Bound Kids is a kindergarten readiness program that runs for 12 weeks meeting once per week.
Behavioral Health Services clinician receives Global Engagement Award
Dr. Jennifer Harrison, assistant professor in the School of Social Work and Behavioral Health Services clinician has received a 2018 Global Engagement Award.
WMU OT clinic coordinator, alumni revise essential OT text
Developmental and Functional Hand Grasps is a popular text for occupational therapists and OT students, published in 2002 by Sandra Edwards, WMU OT professor emerita, along with WMU OT alumni, Donna Gallen and Jenna McCoy-Powlen. Dr. Michelle Suarez, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Unified Clinics OT coordinator, joined the authors in working on the book's second edition.
Audiologist takes graduate students to Project Connect
Dr. Alyssa Eminhizer, audiologist for the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Unified Clinics recently accompanied her Au.D. students to Project Connect 2017.
State approves two contracts with CTAC for continued training
The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) at Western Michigan University was recently awarded two separate contracts from the state.
Audiology clinic partners with foundation to get patients hearing aids
Faculty and students in the Audiology Clinic, part of the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University, work diligently to assist low-income individuals to help them get hearing aids at no charge from the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
WMed students observe Unified ClinicsOver the next seven months, more than 100 level I and level II students in the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine will observe both the vision and audiology clinics in the WMU Unified Clinics.
Changes to CTAC referrals announced
Beginning June 1, CTAC will be under contract with the State of Michigan for comprehensive transdisciplinary neurodevelopmental trauma assessments, as well as clinical assessments performed by CTAC mental health clinicians only.
Connie Black-Pond gives keynote at conference
The Western Regional Area Health Education Center hosted the Building Trauma Informed Organizations Across Disciplines conference in May. CTAC's Connie Black-Pond delivered the keynote at the event.
SLP students present at conference
Anna Poggensee and Brittany Barnes, both graduate students in speech-language pathology, presented their work at the Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual conference in March.
Pair present at Aphasia conference
Two speech-language pathology clinicians from Western Michigan University’s Aphasia Communication Enhancement program (ACE) presented at the Aphasia Access' 2017 Leadership Summit in March.
Autism Evaluation Center sees 100th patient
The Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders saw its 100th patient in January. Located in Western Michigan University’s Unified Clinics on the Oakland Drive Campus, the center is part of WMU's multifaceted Autism Center of Excellence.
WMU’s Behavioral Health Services has been given a glowing review as part of a three-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Johnson, WMU Vision Clinic optometrist, for receiving the Michigan Optometrist Association's Optometrist of the Year award.
Dr. Jim Henry, professor in the School of Social Work and program director at WMU's Children's Trauma and Assessment Center, was the 2016 recipient of the Sue Smith Outstanding Social Worker Award at the 35th Annual University of Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Conference.
In late October, faculty supervisors from Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Occupational Therapy collaborated on a trick or treating experience for children in the Preschool Language Intervention Program (PLIP). The event brought together staff and clients from three Western Michigan University Unified Clinics.
Phil Charlton has been named optician for the Western Michigan University Vision Clinic.
The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) at Western Michigan University was recently awarded over $22,000 in supportive grant funds from the United Way of the Greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Region.
The Western Michigan University Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic recently welcomed Dr. Alyssa Eminhizer to join their audiological team.
The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, in partnership with ISAAC's Early Education Task Force and the Raising Kalamazoo County collaborative has received commitment from eight of the 10 Kalamazoo county school districts to engage in an introductory session with CTAC to help make the school district more trauma-informed.
A significant offering from Western Michigan University’s Children’s Trauma Assessment Center in the Unified Clinics is trauma informed training. Not only do staff train whole organizations nationwide, CTAC is now offering training for anyone in the community who wants to learn about the impacts of childhood trauma. Training sessions are offered on campus, and topics vary.
In collaboration with the Kalamazoo County Ready 4s program, the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic and its graduate students from the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences have made a significant impact on children in Kalamazoo county.
The 2016 Interprofessional Education Expo highlighted interprofessional collaboration and teamwork at CHHS.
Applications for fall 2016 speech and language services and/or therapy at the Western Michigan University Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic are now being accepted for adults and children. The deadline for all applications is Aug. 19.
The Southwest Michigan Children’s Trauma Assessment Center at Western Michigan University’s Unified Clinics is offering two workshops for parents of children who have experienced trauma.
Berit G. Miller, master faculty specialist-professional specialist of occupational therapy, was granted sabbatical during the fall 2015 academic semester to engage in research regarding the Beckman Oral Motor Intervention techniques.
The Finicky Feeders Food Selectivity Clinic at the Western Michigan University Pediatric Occupational Therapy Clinic serves children ages one to 15 who have food aversions, food refusal, difficulty with texture transition, self-limited diets, oral incoordination and/or disruptive mealtime behaviors.
Jim Henry, PhD, CTAC Project Director, and Amy Perricone, LMSW and Project Coordinator, have been collaborating with the Larimer County Department of Human Services in Colorado over the last 17 months.
Behavioral Health Services in the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University (BHS) has been collaborating with WMU’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine clinics since 2013.
During the fall 2015 semester, the Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (WECAN) at the Western Michigan University Unified Clinics provided rich educational opportunities for three undergraduate clinical assistants.
A professional with over 35 years of experience with low vision rehabilitation and services is the new director of the Vision Clinic, part of the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University.
Western Michigan University's Southwest Michigan Children's Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) has recently been partnering with area school districts in an effort to create trauma-informed schools.
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The Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program in the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic at Western Michigan University received a gift from Sole2Soul on behalf of Trevor Rhoda and treatment of aphasia.
Located in WMU's Unified Clinics on the University's Oakland Drive Campus, the new center is part of WMU's multifaceted Autism Center of Excellence.
The Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program—ACE—in the WMU Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is observing National Aphasia Awareness Month in June by hosting the open house from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, on the fourth floor of the Unified Clinics located at 1000 Oakland Drive.
A longtime criminal justice/mental health/substance abuse treatment professional with over 36 years of experience has been named the new director of Western Michigan University’s Behavioral Health Services in the Unified Clinics. Joseph Kuchenbuch, MA, LLP, CAADC, CCS-M assumed his post as Faculty Specialist I Clinical Specialist on June 15.