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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 11:00am

Mercy College’s Communication Disorders Department has been traveling around the world providing speech therapy for children who otherwise might not receive those service, many of the children have cleft lips and palates, other craniofacial anomalies and assorted developmental disabilities. 


Communication Disorders Professors Dr. Helen Buhler and Dr. Shari Berkowitz traveled to Santa Marta, Colombia with graduate students Bruna Carbelim and Jeanette Torres. The speech team traveled with Healing the Children, Northeast, a group that provides surgery to children with orofacial clefts around the world.  Previously the professors have provided services around the globe in Thailand, Peru and India. In fact, their next trip will be to a new area in India in January 2017 and two graduate students will be accompanying them.


Our alums are also getting into the action abroad, Communication Disorders alumna Lindsay Naylor recently traveled to Lima, Peru to provide speech therapy. While there, Naylor mentored and supervised current Communication Disorders graduate student Shannon Hall. The trip was under the auspices of Healing the Children, Rocky Mountain chapter.


To read more about the work the Communication Disorders Department is doing in the field, Berkowitz keeps a blog about the departments worldwide adventures which features guest posts from students. The blog can be accessed here.


Below are some photos from the trips.