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Thailand: Immersive Workshop on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity for slp

Join us July 16-23, 2022, to earn all of the ASHA CEUs you need for your 3-year period and a certificate in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 

This program is a collaboration between the internationally recognized innovators at Bilinguistics and the award-winning study abroad program facilitators at Therapy Abroad. Speech-language pathologists will have an opportunity to travel to beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand and explore new places, cuisines, cultures, religions, ways of living, and approaches to supporting individuals with disabilities. This weeklong program offers 30 hours of continuing education and addresses all of the competencies in cultural and linguistic diversity outlined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and many more competencies that will advance your cultural humility.

Join us in Chiang Mai, Thailand – July 16-23, 2022

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Per ASHA (2020), developing cultural competence is a dynamic and complex process requiring ongoing self-assessment and continuous expansion of one’s cultural knowledge. It evolves over time, beginning with an understanding of one’s own culture, continuing through interactions with individuals from various cultures, and extending through one’s own lifelong learning. Cultural competence is increasingly important to eliminate long-standing disparities in the health status of people based on racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds

Cultural humility goes beyond cultural competence. It is a dynamic and lifelong process focusing on self-reflection and personal critique, acknowledging one’s own biases. This program seeks to help professionals grow through an immersive, relevant, and impactful experience.

Coursework is designed to bridge theory and practice, providing evidence-based practical tools that you can immediately put to use in your practice as a speech-language pathologist while broadening your cultural perspectives and experiences. 

Our workshops are packed with video case studies, discussion points, and opportunities for active learning. Below is an outline of the courses. Part of the day will be spent in the classroom focusing on coursework in cultural and linguistic diversity. The rest of the day we will apply information from our coursework with culturally relevant and enriching activities, including the Rajanagarindra Institute for Childhood Development, learning mindfulness techniques used in Thailand to promote mental and emotional health, and learning about Thai culture, religion, and customs.

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Attendees will receive a Certificate in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity that covers the information you need to confidently diagnose and treat diverse populations, and provides all the CEUs you need for your 3-year earning period. Enjoy all that Chiang Mai has to offer -food, culture, and amazing activities. Here is a snapshot of what we will be doing.

Immersion in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

MONDAY

  • Evaluating Students Who Speak a Language You Don’t
  • Visit markets, temples, and cultural sites with with local liaisons and interpreters

TUESDAY

  • Difference or Disorder: Speech & Language
  • Explore Thai culture, customs, and cuisine

WEDNESDAY

  • Practical Dynamic Assessment + Using AAC Devices with Bilingual People
  • Learn about ancient healing, massage, and wellness practices used in Thailand

THURSDAY

  • Intervention Strategies for Diverse Learners
  • Explore therapy approaches for youth with disabilities at the Institute for Childhood Development 

FRIDAY

  • Ethics: Understanding different religion’s views about disabilities
  • Excursion: Explore religion’s and the religious history of the area

Program Pricing and What's Included

The Total Cost of this workshop is $2,500 USD. Space is very limited and will be on a first-come basis. To register you need to fill out some basic information and submit a $500 deposit to hold your space. Final payments will be due no later than 90 days prior to the trip.

Important Note:

Safety is a systematic and comprehensive process and we understand that safety concerns are a part of planning for any overseas travel. As such, we have made safety our highest priority. We have organized this program from beginning to end so that we can account for all of the details. Our goal is to provide you with a smooth and worry-free educational travel experience and portal for professional development.

 

Program price includes:

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • 24/7 In-country Support
  • Boutique 4 Star Accommodation (2 Bed Shared)
  • Most Meals
  • All domestic Transport
  • Private Guides
  • All coursework
  • Professional Facilitators
  • All Activities listed in the Schedule
  • 30 Hours of ASHA CEUs
  • Certificate in Cultural & Linguistic Diversity

What’s Not Included:

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement (Private) Room + $300

Thailand Speech Pathology -Full Workshop 2022 Schedule

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Morning Coursework: Evaluating Students Who Speak a Language You Don’t

Afternoon Activity: Learning to Interact with Cultural Liaisons and Interpreters

Objectives:
  • Describe two important steps to take prior to the evaluation.
  • List the three different steps of working with interpreters.
  • Describe the process of selecting assessment tools for students who speak a language you do not.
  • Describe how to differentiate language influence patterns from language errors indicative of a disorder.
  • Describe how to use dynamic assessment to improve diagnostic accuracy.
  • Practice interacting with interpreters in the community
Time-Ordered Agenda: 60 minutes Understanding different cultural parameters and ways they vary 60 minutes Working with interpreters to conduct assessments 60 minutes Formal and Informal Assessment Measures and Case Studies (120 minute break for lunch) 90 minutes: Small groups with interpreters in the community (participants will be given a list of things they need to find in the community and then come back together for a shared cultural experience) 90 minutes: shared cultural experience and reflection on working with interpreters

Morning Coursework: Difference or Disorder? – Speech & Language

Afternoon Activity: Excursion to FAE Elephant Hospital

Objectives:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how languages interact and the resulting language patterns in English Language Learners.
  • Analyze and interpret results from language samples of English language learners from different language backgrounds (including Thai, Lao, Karen, Khmer, and Malay)
  • Describe expected versus unexpected errors.
  • Describe benefits of using standardized tools and informal measures
  • Explain how to use Dynamic Assessment to increase confidence in diagnostic decisions
  • Learn 3 important cultural symbols in Thailand and surrounding areas.
  • Describe the importance of animals to the Thai people.
Time-Ordered Agenda: 60 minutes: Introduction, understanding why students from diverse backgrounds are referred for services inappropriately at time, and why we need to hone our skills for working with students from diverse backgrounds. 60 minutes: Difference or Disorder Framework: Emphasis on Speech with Case Studies 60 minutes Difference or Disorder Framework: Emphasis on Language with Case Studies (120 minute break for lunch) Excursion to FAE Elephant Hospital 60 minutes: Describe work and therapeutic opportunities elephant hospitals provide for individuals with disabilities in Thailand 60 minutes: List three reasons for the importance of elephants in Thailand and surrounding areas 60 minutes: Describe the dangers elephants face and how the Thai people are addressing them

Morning Coursework: Practical Dynamic Assessment, AAC

Afternoon Activity: Mindfulness

Objectives: ● Design quick teaching sessions based on assessment results. ● Implement 3-5-minute teaching sessions within an assessment to observe learning potential. ● Use the results of a dynamic assessment to make confident diagnostic decisions. ● Write on-point goals based on the results of a dynamic assessment ● Describe ways to support students who are bilingual and use AAC devices ● Describe 3 different mindfulness approaches. ● Describe how mindfulness can be incorporated into practice as a SLP Time-ordered agenda: 30 minutes Dynamic assessment – history, research, what and how 60 minutes Case Studies—Speech, Language, Narratives 90 minutes Using AAC with Students who are bilingual (120 minute break for lunch) 90 minutes Learning about and practicing mindfulness techniques 90 minutes Understanding the benefits of meditation and learning meditation techniques Day

Morning Coursework: Intervention Strategies with Diverse Learners

Afternoon Activity: Visit to Child Development Center

Objectives:
  • Identify benefits of using storybooks in intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Implement strategies to reduce therapy planning using storybooks, classroom resources, and academic topics
  • Describe the use of literacy-based interventions to support access to the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment.
  • Develop a plan to implement curriculum-based intervention to align with the specific teacher goals.
  • Describe similarities and differences between speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy practices in Thailand and your home country.
  • Describe how music and drama therapy are used to support communication development in Thailand.
Time-Ordered Agenda: 60 minutes Collaboration between SLPs and Teachers 60 minutes Literacy-Based Intervention 60 minutes Curriculum-Based Intervention (120 minute break for lunch) 90 minutes Visit Rajanagarindra Institute for Childhood Development – Overview of Services 90 minutes Small group observations of different departments

Full Day Event: Ethics, Religion, and Views About Disabilities with excursion exploring history, culture, and religions in Thailand

Objectives:
  • List the most prominent religions of Thailand
  • Describe similarities and differences in these religions and others
  • Describe different views about the occurrence of disabilities and the treatment of disabilities
Agenda: 120 minutes Ethics: Read and discuss views about disabilities in Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, as well as the article, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Spirituality and Religion: A Systematic Review 1990–2015 240 minutes Visit different places of worship and have the opportunity to ask questions of those with different religious beliefs.
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Therapy Abroad works with universities around the world to build custom international programs. Programs will be built from the ground up and will be driven by your goals, values, and intended learning outcomes. We will work directly with you and your study abroad office to create the perfect program or simply modify one of our existing programs to meet the needs of your department. Learn more here.

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Chiang Mai is the cultural hub of Thailand. We have included boutique 4-star accommodations in the heart of the old city, steps way from temples, markets, shops, and restaurants.
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Questions About Covid-19

Therapy Abroad has developed a comprehensive risk management plan for Thailand and specifically for this program. In 2021 we were able to successfully run our student programs without incident by following these safety guidelines and with cooperation from our local partners. We know that Covid isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but we are not letting that stop us from managing safe, responsible travel programs

Covid-19 Vaccines Will be Required

All staff and participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by one of the CDC-approved vaccines.

At Therapy Abroad, we also believe that we are all part of a global community and that we have some shared responsibilities as part of that community. Our programs are all about people –working with people, helping people, sharing ideas with people, and learning from people. Vaccines will help us continue our work. Thank You

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Ellen Kester, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Ellen Kester is the owner of Bilinguistics and receives a salary. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Special Topics: Applied Behavioral Sciences

Special Topics: Applied Behavioral Sciences
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This is a specialized program designed to provide students an opportunity to apply behavior-analytic principles and procedures to produce socially important behavior change in children with autism or other developmental disabilities across cultures. Students will assist in data collection, assessment procedures, graphing, behavior plan development, skill acquisition, program development, and other activities to decrease problem behavior and increase appropriate behavior.

Custom program Opportunities Available

All of our Applied Behavior Science Programs are custom faculty-led programs. If you are interested in working with us to create a program for your department please contact us at [email protected] for more information. Programs can be desinged by faculty or graduate student leaders. We look forward to working with you to develop a comprehensice hands-on program. 

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International Workshops & CEU Opportunities for SLPs

International Workshops & CEU Opportunities for SLPs
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International Workshops & CEU Opportunities for SLPs

Designed for professionals to take a short break from the usual, earn CEUs, and develop new skills that matter. Individuals of any nationality may apply.  Family members of therapists are welcome to join any of our trips or workshops.

Whether you are new to your field, mid-career, or retired, our programs are designed for life-long learners and adventurers to gain valuable cross-cultural competencies, develop cultural humility, cross-cultural communication skills, and professional development facilitation skills. Bring back unique perspectives and practices from abroad that can be incorporated into your practice, as well as skills and knowledge on relevant topics. Meet new people, earn certificates on important topics areas, grow your network, and experience a new country and culture!

We understand that planning for international travel can be a challenge. Our goal is to take the hassle out of international travel. We make each opportunity as easy to join, accessible, and in many cases less expensive than domestic conferences and workshops.  We design our award-winning programs for professionals designed to bridge the information gap, provide professionals with some exciting new opportunities, and create a safe, easy, and valuable way to travel.

We do our absolute best to design workshops that meet the diverse needs of our clients and community partners across the globe. 

Current International Workshop Offerings

Chiang Mai, Thailand: July 16 -July 23, 2022

Cabarete, Dominican Republic: February 4-11, 2023

If you are interested in more information on other programs and future opportunities please contact [email protected]

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Custom University Study Abroad & Faculty-Led Programs

University Faculty-Led Programs

University Faculty-Led Programs

Therapy Abroad works with universities around the world to build custom international programs. Programs will be built from the ground up and will be driven by your goal, values, and learning outcomes. Our programs are designed for students to gain observation and clinical hours and foster creativity, team building, international exchange, cultural awareness, service, and professional competencies. From flights, insurance, transportation and logistics on the back end, to safety and risk management, curriculum, and leadership on the front end, our goal is to set you up for success. We work with diverse university partners including small liberal arts colleges and community colleges as well as large state universities, private universties, and HBCUs.

Leadership + Capacity Building: This is your most valued asset. Our goal is to make sure that faculty and students feel prepared to be part of a global partnership that contributes to learning on all sides. We will cover best practices in facilitation, safety and risk management, cross-cultural communication and learning methodologies and will set you and your team up for success. We work within the frameworks set forth by professional organizations in the USA such as The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and design our programs with rigor and evidenced based practice. This is a fluid, collaborative and open-sourced process and we are committed to helping you feel prepared for your time abroad. We will work directly with your study abroad office or global affairs office to facilitate every aspect of your program.

Safety + Risk Management: With over two decades of experience managing international travel programs on four continents, we have you covered when it comes to safety and risk management. From our research and vetting process during the initial consultation to training and capacity building to our dedication to local emergency response procedures, safety is our number one priority. Our goal is to allow you to focus your attention on your program goals, outcomes, and facilitating an outstanding study abroad and cross-cultural experience for your students.

Educational Programming: We will analyze what learning and service opportunities are available and we will spotlight them in a way that will resonate. These learning opportunities might range from cultural and social in nature, to direct hands-on service-learning requiring expertise in specific areas of speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and applied behavior analysis. Our goal is always to create programs that fit the learning outcomes of the university program and elevate the student learning experience. Next, we will work directly with your faculty and team to collectively determine the methodology that is most appropriate for your program. Lastly, we’ll help you develop tools that can deepen and sustain the learning through projects and experiential practices that have a lasting impact on all involved.


University Partnerships

If you are interested in working with Therapy Abroad to develop a university partnership inlcuding faculty-led programs, academic credit options for students, or other collaborations, please email us at [email protected] for more information. We are happy to provide professional references from universities, departments, and study abroad offices from around the USA who have worked directly with our team to develop and run programs. Our focus is always on sustainability and ethical travel.

"Simple exchanges can break down walls between us, for when people come together and speak to one another and share a common experience, then their common humanity is revealed."

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Sports, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences Program

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Thailand: Sports, Exercise & Nutritional Sciences Program

This two-week program is based in Thailand and is intended for undergraduate college students ages 18 and up who are studying kinesiology, sports management, athletic training, biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, nutrition, physical education, and fitness and health promotion, and other related fields. This program is ideal for students looking for a short-term study abroad experience that introduces basic concepts of sports, exercise, and nutritional sciences within a global public health context.

Why: More than ever, the Sports Science field is in need of well-rounded professionals who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Sports, Exercise, & Nutrition is designed for undergraduate students who want to gain a broad interdisciplinary perspective of sports, exercise, and nutrition through a global public health lens.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only build awareness of the various careers and workplace options, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom. Focusing specifically on the body, wellness, fitness, mindfulness, sports management, rehabilitation and traditional healing –students will learn from public health, fitness experts and sports managers in formal and informal settings, and will gain a behind-the-scenes look into why Thailand is leading the way in global public health and how sports and exercise science contributes to this body of knowledge.

How: If it is to bring continued health benefits, physical activity needs to be embedded in the daily lives of many more people. Sports, exercise, and nutritional science is one of the most undervalued interventions to improve public health. Its benefits are great. Physical activity is closely associated with better health and reduced mortality, including reduced mortality from coronary heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, and reduced fatality after a heart attack. It is within this context that sports and exercise science + nutrition provides opportunities for working with people—to make them stronger, faster, more efficient, better able to deal with stress, and less susceptible to injury.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking and rock climbing through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

Participants will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, muay Thai kickboxing, hiking and rock climbing through the jungle, traditional Thai massage and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis.

2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
  • May 28 - June 12

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Program Details

Starting at Chiang Mai University Department of Sports and Rehabilitation Sciences and public health, students will participate in an exchange-based workshop focused around a topic of mutual interest. Topics might include: Sports Management, Rehabilitation Sciences in Practice, Thai Traditional Healing Methods, or Wellness and Exercise Science in a Cultural-Comparative Perspective.

Participants can expect plenty of practical exchanges in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight into applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of participants, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observation and Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our participants in mind. If you are interested in becoming a Sports & Exercise Science or Nutrition professional, plenty of observation is essential, but a first-hand experience and inside look into these fields with an understanding of public health will set you apart from your peers. Understanding how public health and sports and exercise science are related will help you to not only become a better-rounded student but also a more empathetic and compassionate person

Itinerary

Most Therapy Abroad participants choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco, California, joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all participants will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, fitness centers, sports management institutions and private practices. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, participants will learn in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, observe and learn how to shadow professionals and learn from public health professionals.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking, rock climbing, Thai cooking classes, Thai Boxing Class, and a visit to an elephant sanctuary.

Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: this program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, participants will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.


Every day, participants will have access to Wi-Fi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that participants will have plenty of amazing food!


We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

Free Time

Make it yours: participants on Therapy Abroad programs will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure everyone has downtime to relax, write in a journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help everyone make the most of their time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

Tuition

$3,250 USD not including international airfare. Group airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as soon as airfares have been published.

What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

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Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) & Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

Thailand: Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) &
Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
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Thailand: Pre-Physical Therapy (PT) & Occupational Therapy (OT) Program

Why: More than ever, DPT and OT program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Our Thailand PT and OT Service Program is designed for undergraduate and post-bacc students who want to work with (and learn from) a distinguished group of professional Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists in a cross-cultural setting.

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with PTs and OTs and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs.

How: Your cohort will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, universities and charitable organizations to bring services to children in northern Thailand. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals (and other students from Thailand), our APTA licensed PTs and AOTA licensed Occupational Therapists will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your respective field. Through the design and implementation of a play-based “health camp”, hosted locally for families and children with disabilities, you will inevitably benefit from (and contribute to) this unique opportunity and all involved.

Students will also become familiar with international approaches to public health as well as innovative therapy practices that address local healthcare issues. Lastly, students will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking (or rock climbing) through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.

2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
  • May 14 - May 29
  • June 11 - June 26

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Program Details

What: The goals and priorities of this program are co-defined on a needs-basis in partnership with local communities, schools, NGOs, universities, and public and private hospitals. Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screening, direct rehabilitation, referral and/or care to promote fitness, health and wellness and capacity building in the provision of physical therapy to individuals, organizations, and communities. Students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

The program will challenge participants, staff and local partners to design and host a health camp using skill-based stations (learning centers) that assess speaking, listening, learning, sensory, fine and gross motor needs of the attending children and families. Parent and caregiver sessions will also be hosted in conjunction with our local partners, professors and qualified staff as well as home health care where needed and/or necessary.

Each day, students will have group reflections as well as one-on-one time with PTs and OTs and other professionals. As part of our commitment to working at the local level, students will also work directly with Thai PT and OT university students on the design and facilitation of the health camps.

Collaboration with Thai universities is an incredibly important part of the learning experience for all of our students. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history. Students can expect plenty of observational hours in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight on applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our PT and OT staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of students, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

Observation and Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our students in mind and we know that observing and volunteering are both great ways to learn more about Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy while building skills. If you are interested in becoming a future PT or OT, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with a first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for graduate school. Our PT & OT service program in Thailand is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation and volunteer hours.

Itinerary

People-centered: Most Therapy Abroad students choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles or San Francisco, California, joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all students will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, and private practices; interacting with a range of different care providers at each location and in the home setting. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, you will learn from your PT and OT supervisors in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, learn hands-on at local clinics and universities, observe and shadow professionals and volunteer with kids who have special needs.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking (or rock climbing), Thai cooking classes and a visit to an elephant sanctuary.

Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: your program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, you will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.


Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

Free Time

Make it yours: students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure you have downtime to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

Tuition

$3,850 USD not including international airfare. 

Group airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles is estimated at $1,200. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as soon as airfares have been published.

What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

We cannot be alone and still be happy if others around us are suffering. Instead we should share their suffering and ease their troubles according to our ability and capability.

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX

Custom Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program

Custom Graduate Speech-Language
Pathology Program
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Custom Graduate Speech-Language Pathology Program

Our graduate programs vary in lenght from 7-14 days and are  based in the Central American country of Belize. Programs are intended for graduate students ages 20 and up who are interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology (speech therapy), audiology or a related field. This is an ideal program for students who want to take advantage of working alongside professional American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredited speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and Therapy Abroad staff. Students will gain hands-on experience, provide school and medical based screenings and evaluations, develop and implement intervention plans, gain skilled professional observation hours and one-on-one time with SLPs and other professionals. Students will also work in small groups developing and implementing training and education programs for teachers and parents.

Belize is also the only Central American country with English as its official language. It is also one of the most underserved countries in the region in terms of availability of speech & language services. Graduate students on this program will work closely with schools, hospitals, clinics and other community partners, utilizing their skills and experience to provide critical services and training.

In order to be accepted to this program, students must be currently enrolled in a graduate level speech-language pathology or audiology program. Spaces for this program are very limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis.

2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
  • August 6 - August 15 ( Salus University )
  • March 4 - March 13 ( East Carolina University )
  • May 9 - November 19 ( Edinboro University )
  • January 2 - January 12 ( Illinois State University )
  • November 30 - November 30

All Graduate Programs for SLP Students are custom. Programs can range in length from 7 -21 days. Graduate programs can run at any time of year including Spring Break, May Mester, Summer, Fall Break, and Winter Holidays. Graduate students are welcome to work directly with our staff to design a program with other members of their cohort or work with university faculty to design a program with us. If you are a student or faculty member and you would like to organize a program for your university, please email [email protected]

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Program Details

The goals and priorities of this program are determined by working directly with clinics, hospitals, schools and professors. Therapy Abroad was created by SLPs, so we know how intense graduate school is. We designed this experience as a way to give you a break from the classroom, but also to enhance your skills as a clinician, your understanding of working in a multicultural and multilingual environment and give you access to SLPs who have international experiences of their own. We want this experience to compliment your studies, give you some new perspectives & ideas and allow you to have fun while learning and traveling.

Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as speech & language screenings, evaluations and intervention in a clinical setting. As part of our collaborations, students will also take part in home based field visits. This is an incredibly unique, culturally rich and important part of the learning experience for all of our students. You will visit children with special needs in their own homes. These are children who have previously been screened or evaluated and are in need of in home services. As part of a small interdisciplinary team consisting of speech-language pathologist, social workers and medical doctors. Your team will work with children and parents focusing on speech & language, oral motor, and swallowing disorders.

Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice skills and learn about Belizean culture and history. Students will be professionally guided throughout their time in Belize but many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous and based on the individual skills, background and interest of our students, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

Itinerary

Most Therapy Abroad students chose to fly on one of our organized group flights and will be joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member to help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all students will be greeted by additional staff at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) and from there you will be driven by private bus to your accommodation. After checking into your rooms, students will have a home-cooked dinner and then attend a short safety briefing. Day one will include an orientation, discussion, and skills training. The rest of your time in Belize will consist of clinic and school-based visits to provide screenings, evaluations, and Therapy for children & adults, community-based rehabilitation (CBR) home visits, case conferencing, developing intervention plans, and training. We want your experience in Belize to enhance and further develop your skills as a clinician. We draw our staff from a pool of talented SLPs who not only have previous international experience but also from a range of specializations and work-based settings. So, while we have only briefly outlined what your experience in Belize will look like, we encourage you to ask questions, learn about our staff’s experiences and investigate your own skills through inquiry. We have designed this program to be flexible enough that we can spend more or less time with a certain population or diagnoses based on the skills and interests of our students.

Program Life

You will stay in boutique-style hotels and guest houses (small family-run hotels) with communal areas to relax, meeting areas for group discussion, and plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces to explore with fellow students. Rooms are double and triple shared with private baths, western-style toilets and showers, air-conditioning, laundry services, and most importantly, plenty of hammocks to kick back in and soak up the natural beauty all around. Every day students will have access to Wifi and fresh drinking water. Meals will be home-cooked Belizean and Western cuisine consisting of rice and beans, chicken, fish, pasta, and other meats along with fresh vegetables and fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Belize’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make every adventure a pleasure.

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Free Time

With a limited amount of time, Therapy Abroad students can be expected to stay busy, but we will also make sure you have down time to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff and stay current with your graduate studies. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just try something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program Include:

Tuition

$2,300 – $2,900 USD ( Depending on program length & custom activity options) not including international airfare. Airfare from the Continental US is estimated at $650. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from major hubs in the USA.

What’s Included

We know that travel and study abroad is a big investment and our promise to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience, best staff, tastiest meals, an excellent itinerary full meaningful hands-on experiences and unique cultural insights.

With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that are advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want all of our students to arrive and participate fully in every activity and every learning experience without every thinking about how much money they are going to spend.

Kids don't remember what you teach them. They remember who you are.

Jim Henson

Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) and Global Public Health

Thailand: Introduction to Communication Sciences &
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Thailand: Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders and Global Public Health

This two-week program is based in Thailand and is intended for undergraduate college students ages 18 and up who are interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology, health care, education, public health, and other related fields. This program is ideal for students who are new to a communicative disorders, communication sciences & disorders or related major, thinking of switching to one, or attend a university without a CD or CSD undergraduate major.

Why: Speech-Language Pathology is a fast growing and sought after career field and undergraduate degrees into this specialty field have expanded to more than 300 programs in the USA alone. U.S. News and World Report recently rank Speech-Language Pathologists one of the top 10 best Jobs. Our program in Thailand was designed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and global public health professionals as an exciting introduction to the field of communication sciences & disorders and global public health. Whether or not you are still deciding what to major in or if you have already decided on a major or minor in communication sciences, this program will challenge you, prepare you, and give you a competitive advantage by covering a wide range of topics with within the field of communication sciences and disorders and a better understanding of global disability, culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and best practices in the field.


We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain field experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom:  You will work in formal and informal settings, and and gain direct experience related to communications disorders and public health.

How:  Students will learn about many of the uniquely different areas of the field, take part in hands-on field exercises, and gain a better understanding of global issues and public health. Our staff will take you through a comprehensive 14 day program designed to show you the best of Thailand in an interactive and immersive field work environment.

Students will also become familiar with international approaches to public health as well as innovative therapy practices that address local healthcare issues. Lastly, students will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, enjoying a Thai cooking class, hiking through the jungle, visiting temples and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis.

2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
  • May 28 - June 12

Intro to Communication Sciences & Disorders & Global Public Health is one of our newest offerings and will only be offered on this one date in 2022. If the dates for this program do not work with your schedule, please also look into the Belize Communication Sciences & Disorders Program

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What: The goals and priorities of this program are co-defined on a needs-basis in partnership with local communities, schools, NGOs, universities, and public and private hospitals. Therapy Abroad students and staff provide essential services such as screening, therapy, referral and/or care to promote awareness of communication disorders and capacity building in the provision of providing services to individuals, organizations, and communities. Students will learn about diverse approaches to teaching and implement methodologies for designing and evaluating learning experiences used in the education of patients/clients, students, colleagues, and the broader community.

The program will challenge participants, staff and local partners to develop your communicative skills in the area of CSD and Global Health and learn to use the necessary tools and structures of the field. You will develop a critical understanding of the language used in the field, acquiring and using specific vocabulary and understand and specific written and oral texts such as documents, reports, patient histories and presentations.

Each day, students will have group reflections as well as one-on-one time with speech therapists and other professionals. As part of our commitment to working at the local level, students will also work directly with Thai speech therapy university students.

Collaboration with Thai universities is an incredibly important part of the learning experience for all of our students. Time will also be set aside to learn new concepts, practice communication skills and learn about Thai culture and history. Students can expect plenty of observational hours in a variety of settings, develop a broad range of skills as well as gain insight on applying to graduate schools and career opportunities from our staff. Many aspects of the program will be inherently spontaneous or “fluid” and based on the individual skills, background and interests of students, creating what we believe to be the best type of deep learning experience.

Volunteer Hours

Get ahead: We design all of our programs with our students in mind and we know that observing and volunteering are both great ways to learn more about speech-language pathology while building skills. If you are interested in becoming a future SLP, observing and volunteering are essential to providing you with a first-hand experience of the profession and helping you build your case for moving into a CSD program, applying to graduate school, or simply learning more about the field before making any decision. Our program in Thailand is a perfect way to diversify your experience working in different settings and gain needed observation and volunteer hours.

Itinerary

People-centered: Most Therapy Abroad students choose to fly on one of our organized group flights which depart from Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York. You will be joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member who will help you through international check-in and departure process. On arrival day, all students will be greeted by Therapy Abroad staff at Chiang Mai International Airport in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and from there you will be driven by private vans to your accommodation. The program is divided into several different parts that are designed to help you get to know a variety of locations throughout Northern Thailand including local universities, public clinics, and private practices; interacting with a range of different care providers at each location and in the home setting. Scattered through the program are several, fun cultural activities that we think you will really enjoy.

On a daily basis, you will learn from your supervisors in small group discussion-style settings, practice new skills and try new techniques, learn hands-on at local clinics and universities, observe and shadow professionals and volunteer with kids who have special needs.

Evenings and weekends will be set aside to explore all that northern Thailand has to offer. Enjoy the city of Chiang Mai and the countryside of Northern Thailand, visit local markets, try new foods and ride in Thailand’s infamous Tuk Tuks through the windy streets of Chiang Mai’s Old City. You’ll enjoy a variety of weekend activities like hiking (or rock climbing), Thai cooking classes and a visit to an elephant sanctuary

Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: your program will be based in Northern Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. You will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Accommodations have western style amenities.

Every day you will have access to Wi-Fi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

Free Time

Make it yours: students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure you have downtime to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen

Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program:

Tuition

Tuition for this program is $3,250 USD not including international airfare. Group airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles is estimated at $1,100. Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or New York (JFK) as soon as airfares have been published. 

What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go.

Theodore Roethke

Speech-Language Pathology & Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Program

Thailand: Speech-Language Pathology & Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Program
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Thailand: Speech-Language Pathology & Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Program

This specialized two-week program is available in Thailand and is intended for undergraduate or graduate students ages 18 and up who are interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology (speech therapy). This is an ideal program for students who want to take advantage of learning from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs) specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment and intervention. AAC is remarkable, yet often portrayed as an intimidating field of study because students, and even some professionals, may have limited to no experience with children with complex communication needs such as cerebral palsy.

Why: More than ever, SLP program selection committees are looking for well-rounded students who have a thorough understanding of their respective fields of interest and the ability to work collaboratively across cultures. Our Speech-Language Pathology & Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) Program is designed for undergraduate, post-bacc, and graduate students who want to work with (and learn from) a distinguished group of professional SLPs in a cross-cultural setting.

 

 

We created this program specifically to help participants not only grow in the above areas, but also gain hands-on experience that’s hard to duplicate in the classroom: professional observation hours, one-on-one time with SLPs, PTs, and OTs and other professionals in formal and informal settings, direct experience in public and allied health, and a chance to support local children and families with special needs.

How: Your cohort will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, universities, and charitable organizations to bring services to children in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With an intentional focus on cooperative learning and capacity building for both visiting and hosting professionals (and other students from Thailand), professionals will take you through a cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and cross-cultural program that will change the way you develop within your respective field.

Students will also become familiar with international approaches to public health as well as innovative therapy practices that address local healthcare issues. Lastly, students will also have the opportunity to explore northern Thailand; participating in fun evening and weekend activities such as visiting an elephant sanctuary, hiking (or rock climbing) through the jungle, and learning about indigenous communities in the North of Thailand.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are no prerequisites for this program, and students from any relevant department or major may apply. Spaces for this program are limited and fill up quickly. All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.

2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
2022 Program Dates (Now Accepting Applications)
  • July 8 - July 23

This advanced topic in AAC program is only offered once per year and is taught by Dr. Kris Brock, P.hD. CCC-SLP. Spaces are very limited and fill up fast.

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The focus of this two-week program is to provide an opportunity for students to implement sustainable and culturally relevant AAC interventions that will significantly impact the functional communication of local school-age children with little to no functional speech. First, Therapy Abroad students will participate in a series of pre-departure AAC video lectures and readings as well as in-country AAC training/discussions designed to prepare them for the unique needs of the local population. Second, students will be mentored through the AAC evaluation and report-writing process. Third, students will have opportunities to purchase locally sourced materials to construct AAC systems that are sustainably designed and consider the needs of the local population. These systems will be implemented using the most current evidence-based practice considerations (Allen, Schlosser, Brock & Shane, 2017) and intervention protocols (e.g., Binger & Light, 2008) within a play-based AAC Summer Camp atmosphere. Specifically, students will help design a series of stations targeting both AAC skills (e.g., navigating to symbols) and language skills (e.g., syntax and literacy). Finally, students and professionals will develop and provide communication partner training to ensure sustainability of the AAC systems (e.g., system development) and generalization of communication skills (e.g., expressive syntax) targeted at camp.

In addition to working with SLPs, your group will interact with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, and charitable organizations to bring services to children throughout the country. Students will also engage in interprofessional practice with allied health professionals such as physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), social workers (SWs), and medical doctors (MDs) in small groups. This interprofessional opportunity will allow us to learn about the AAC considerations for children with motoric and physical impairments from PTs and OTs. It will also allow students to provide training to allied health professionals with respect to AAC, speech & language disorders, behavior modification, and variables related to English as a second language.

The focus of this two-week program is to provide an opportunity for students to implement sustainable and culturally relevant AAC interventions that will significantly impact the functional communication of local school-age children with little to no functional speech. First, Therapy Abroad students will participate in a series of pre-departure AAC video lectures and readings as well as in-country AAC training/discussions designed to prepare them for the unique needs of the local population. Second, students will be mentored through the AAC evaluation and report-writing process. Third, students will have opportunities to purchase locally sourced materials to construct AAC systems that are sustainably designed and consider the needs of the local population. These systems will be implemented using the most current evidence-based practice considerations (Allen, Schlosser, Brock & Shane, 2017) and intervention protocols (e.g., Binger & Light, 2008) within a play-based AAC Summer Camp atmosphere. Specifically, students will help design a series of stations targeting both AAC skills (e.g., navigating to symbols) and language skills (e.g., syntax and literacy). Finally, students and professionals will develop and provide communication partner training to ensure sustainability of the AAC systems (e.g., system development) and generalization of communication skills (e.g., expressive syntax) targeted at camp.

In addition to working with SLPs, your group will interact with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics, and charitable organizations to bring services to children throughout the country. Students will also engage in interprofessional practice with allied health professionals such as physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), social workers (SWs), and medical doctors (MDs) in small groups. This interprofessional opportunity will allow us to learn about the AAC considerations for children with motoric and physical impairments from PTs and OTs. It will also allow students to provide training to allied health professionals with respect to AAC, speech & language disorders, behavior modification, and variables related to English as a second language.

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Itinerary

Most Therapy Abroad students chose to fly on one of our organized group flights and will be joined by at least one Therapy Abroad staff member to help you through international check-in and departure process. After checking into your rooms, students will have a home cooked dinner and then attend a short orientation and safety briefing.

Monday through Friday will consist of time spent at local clinics preparing and implementing our AAC camp. In the afternoons, students will have training and discussions as well as spend time in local markets and stores purchasing locally sourced materials to construct AAC systems. In the evenings students will be mentored through the AAC evaluation and report-writing process.

Over the weekends, the group will experience local activities with included trips to temples, cooking schools, visits to local markets, waterfalls, and other activities.

Program Life

Our Baan is your Baan: your program will be based in Chiang Mai, Thailand – an amazing place filled with rich history, excellent food and the friendliest people on the planet. Laid out in a “hub-and-spoke” model, you will set-up home in boutique accommodations with communal areas to relax and hang out, meeting rooms for group discussions or presentations, and comfortable rooms for getting shut-eye. Most accommodations have western style amenities.

Every day you will have access to Wifi, fresh drinking water, western style toilets and showers, and laundry services (laundry will be on site or nearby). Meals will be a combination of Thai and Western cuisine consisting of rice, curries, noodles, spicy salads, some fried foods along with fresh vegetables and exotic fruits. We have a 100% guarantee that you will have plenty of amazing food! We can cater to specific dietary needs as long as you let us know ahead of time. In addition to Thailand’s many scenic charms, the warmth and hospitality of the people and culture will make you feel at home (or at baan) in no time!

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Free Time

Make it yours: students with Therapy Abroad will find out that we pack a lot of activities into a two-week program, but we will also make sure you have downtime to relax, write in your journal, use the internet, talk to our staff or just explore on your own. Our Staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. If you have any questions about any opportunities not listed in our program, want to try some new food a friend has told you about or just explore something different, then let us know any time before or during your program and we will do our best to make it happen.

Benefits for Students Who Participate in this Program Include:

Tuition

$3,950 (2-Week Program) USD not including international airfare. Group airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles is estimated at $1,200. 


Therapy Abroad will organize group flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) as soon as airfares have been published.

What’s Included

We got you covered: Travel and study abroad is a big investment and our commitment to you is that we will work hard every day to make sure you are going to have the most amazing experience: professional staff, tasty meals and comfortable accommodations, and overall, a well-crafted itinerary full of diverse activities and good people. With the exception of international airfare, our trips are all-inclusive. We won’t try to upsell you on any “additional activities” or “additional optional activities” that aren’t advertised as part of the program. Your tuition covers: All activities. All materials. All meals. All housing. Everything. We want you to arrive and participate fully in the program and take advantage of each learning experience without ever thinking about how much money you are going to spend. More specifically, your program includes:

I will not assume that your thoughts are simple and predictable, instead I will try to make sure that you have everything you need to say whatever thought you may have.

Dana Nieder

Communication Sciences & Disorders Program with Spanish Language Immersion

Dominican Republic: Communication Sciences & Disorders Program with Spanish Language Immersion
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Dominican Republic: Communication Sciences & Disorders Program with Spanish Language Immersion

This program is located in the Dominican Republic! The DR has it all! It is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country and is well known for its amazing hospitality, warm people, diverse cuisine, adventure activities, and some of the world’s most well-known beaches.

This two-week, Communication Science & Disorders program is based in the Caribbean nation of Dominican Republic (DR) on the island of Hispaniola. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students ages 18 and up, this program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced Spanish speakers interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology (speech therapy), audiology or a related field. This is an optimal program for students who want to take advantage of learning from professional Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredited speech-language pathologists (SLPs), improve their Spanish and/or gain advanced Spanish language communication skills through an immersive program.

More specifically, students will be afforded the opportunity to participate in a custom language program designed for SLPs in an active and immersive environment, lead by bilingual practitioners. Participating students will receive focused instruction on Spanish vocabulary and linguistic constructions designed to prepare practitioners for the workplace. Additionally, students will gain hands-on experience seldom found in the classroom including professional observation hours and one-on-one time with SLPs and other professionals.
The Dominican Republic is a tropical paradise steeped in history and beauty. Participating students will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of what the DR has to offer, including a visit to a National Park and some of the most pristine beaches on the island, a city tour of the old town of Puerto Plata and several cultural activities including a boat ride up the River Yassica and, of course, plenty of dancing and delicious Caribbean meals. In addition, participating students will work with schools and other community partners to help the DR meet a huge demand for speech and language services.
Participating students will collaborate with government organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private clinics and charitable organizations to bring services to families throughout the country. Focusing on grassroots community based outreach, students will work directly with ASHA licensed SLPs and other professionals including physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), social workers (SWs) and medical doctors (MDs) in small groups, learning about speech & language disorders, feeding, swallowing disorders, behavior modification, disabilities, and special needs in multicultural environments. Participating students will gain invaluable hands-on experience through fun play-based activities and will also conduct field-based speech & language screens, observe evaluations, develop and implement intervention plans and learn through focused discussions on a variety of topics.
Students applying to this program must have some have a basic level of conversational Spanish. This program will be conducted in English and Spanish with advanced instruction in Spanish for SLPS. If you are not sure about your level of Spanish, you can reach out to Therapy Abroad for further information and we can help you determine if this program is the right choice for you.
Spaces for this program are very limited and fill up quickly! All applications will be individually evaluated on a rolling basis. Students on this program will primarily be working with children, so all applicants should be comfortable working with children and be creative and flexible to get the most out of their experience.