Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

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This page was updated on: June 5, 2024 .  Original posting: September 13, 2021 . 

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is accepting applications for 1 AuD Extern in Pittsburgh, PA.

Contact: Donald Mazreku at dmazreku@wpsd.org if interested.

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Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 300 East Swissvale Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218

  • single-location

412-244-4269

https://wpsd.org

Anticipated start date is 05/01/2024. The anticipated ending date is 05/01/2025. This is designated as Full Time. If a stipend is provided, it is reported to be $ 33,000 annually.

  • Experience:
    This externship is recommended for a student interested in providing audiological care to children in a school setting. It offers many experiences, including pediatric hearing evaluations and fittings for hearing assistive technology. While we do not dispense personal hearing aids or CIs, we do program and map loaner devices. We work closely with clinical audiologists to keep our students hearing the best they can while at school and beyond. The extern will also have the opportunity to contribute to the IEP process and work with a multidisciplinary team to determine the educational needs of the students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The extern will be exposed to Deaf culture and students who use multiple modes of communication, such as spoken language and American Sign Language (ASL). This externship is an excellent opportunity to expand one’s skills and become a confident Pediatric/Educational Audiologist. It is important to note that incoming externs will be evaluated and provided with experiences to develop appropriate skills based on their interests and preferences.
  • Housing:
    The Western PA School for the Deaf offers on-campus apartment housing when school is in session at a rate of $25 per month.
  • Other Experience:
    The extern will have opportunities to engage in both school day and evening events. The school offers a residential program that has regular evening events.
  • Collaboration:
    The extern will participate in weekly meetings with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

This site is reported to have 1 staff audiologist and 5 who have their CCC-A certifications.

The site is reportedly serving these populations:
School Aged, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Developmental Disabilities, Pediatric

Experiences expected here include:

The Audiology experiences include Diagnostic Evaluation, Hearing Aid evaluation dispensing, Cochlear Implant evaluation mapping, Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices, Aural HabilitationReha, Educational Audiology, Hearing Conservation, Assistive Technologies, Onsite Continuing Education, Research Opportunities, Community Outreach.

The Interprofessional and collaborative practice experiences include:
Family Members, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Special Educators, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers, administrators, and others who work in a school setting.

Demographics of populations served:

Ethnicity, Race, Culture, National Origin, Socioeconomic Status, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Exceptionality

English, English Language Learner, Primary English Dialect, Secondary English Dialect, Bilingual, Polyglot, Gender Identity, Sign Language ASL or SEE, Cognitive Physical Ability

Students and Peers

  • The overall number of students at this site is 2.
  • The number of externs at this site is expected to be: 1.

Application:

We are looking for an extern with strong diagnostic skills, excellent interpersonal skills, a desire to work in a pediatric setting, an interest in learning about Deaf culture, a commitment to learning sign language, and a willingness to learn student interests. Applications for this externship should be submitted by September 22, 2023, to DMAZREKU@WPSD.ORG.

Documents for Application:

  • https://www.wpsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/WPSDJobApplication.pdf
  • Cover letter/letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Graduate Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two from clinical faculty that have supervised the student)
  • Clearance: Act 34 Criminal Background, Act 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Clearance

Updating tags for this externship site:

So as to better describe the externship placement, clinic directors are asked to note the populations served and the expected experiences using the following key. After logging in, use the comment box at the bottom of this page to supply the insights. 

Populations Served = 

  • Key: A = Adult; P = Pediatric; S = School Aged; DEV = Developmental Disabilities; G = Geriatric

Experiences = 

  • Key: D = Diagnostics; AEP = Auditory Evoked Potentials; V = Vestibular; HA = Hearing Aids; CI = Cochlear Implants; T = Tinnitus; E = Educational Audiology; AR = Aural Rehabilitation

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