Health students gather to collaborate on autism case study

College of Health and Human Sciences Interprofessional Education eventNIU’s College of Health and Human Sciences sponsored an Interprofessional Education event April 11.

Dietetics students from across the northern Illinois region joined NIU students from multiple degree programs to discuss a single case of a 16-year-old boy with autism.

Two CHHS students from each of six programs – audiology, dietetics, medical laboratory sciences, physical therapy, rehabilitation counseling and speech-language pathology – presented information regarding their scope of practice and recommendations their discipline would have for the child and his family during a panel presentation.

Learning about and collaborating with other disciplines increases the quality of care each professional can provide to their patients and clients. The College of Health and Human Sciences’ degree programs and clinics provide students excellent opportunities to participate in interprofessional education.

In addition to the panel presentation, the 12 students and 12 faculty from the representative programs served as table facilitators for discussion regarding collaboration between the six disciplines for the 250 event participants.

Sherrill Morris, chair of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, and Nancy Prange, director of the Dietetic Internship program, organized the event with the help of students and faculty in their programs.

  • Audiology students: Alyssa Stefl and Jessica Wagner. Faculty mentor: Heidi Kluga
  • Dietetics students: Sarita Aquirre and Alicia Huggler. Faculty mentor: Nancy Prange
  • Medical laboratory science students: Lynn Gorecki and Steven Hooper. Faculty mentor: Jeanne Isabel
  • Physical therapy students: Peter Cook and Ashley Steward. Faculty mentor: Christina Odeh
  • Rehabilitation counseling students: Alexander Fireman and Sara Gibson. Faculty mentor: Deb Gough
  • Speech-language pathology students: Kate Dineen and Marlee Jennings. Faculty mentor: Amy Bereiter
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