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Friends Who Stutter Workshop

Annually, CSD students assist Professor Loryn McGill, MS, CCC-SLP in creating an exciting
conference dedicated to stuttering called, "FRIENDS Who Stutter."  FRIENDS: The National
Association of Young People Who Stutter, empowers individuals who stutter to communicate
freely and confidently. This one-day workshop, designed to connect young children and
teenagers who stutter, their parents, members of stuttering self-help groups, and SLPs to discuss the impact of stuttering. With the help of FRIENDS, the Stuttering Foundation, and Chapman University, we host an unforgettable experience that brings an entire community together.

Visit the 2019 Friends Stuttering Conference Website to Register

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Illumination Foundation

Chapman University has collaborated with Illumination Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Orange County. This partnership includes two Service Learning experiences assisting with the provision of trauma-informed care and educational services to children and their parents who are either homeless or living below the poverty line. 

The first Service Learning experience is a weekly Parent and Me Group that takes place in one of Illumination Foundation’s emergency shelters for pregnant mothers and families with children under 5 years of age. The focus of the group is to provide parent education and coaching on topics such as developmental milestones, increasing parent-child attunement and interaction, promoting early communication and language development, emergent literacy, and the importance of play.

The second Service Learning experience takes place at one of Illumination Foundation Children’s Resource Centers.  Under the supervision of a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, our graduate students assist in providing a weekly preschool program for 3 to 5-year-olds focused on social-emotional regulation, play and language development, and emergent literacy. 

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Ritecare Childhood Language Center of Orange County

Chapman CSD graduate students provide no-cost assessment and treatment of children with speech and language disorders in Orange County.

For more information, please visit their website: Ritecare Childhood Language Center of Orange County

Down Syndrome Association of O.C.

Under supervision of a Chapman Faculty members, student clinicians provide both group and individual speech and language therapy to Down Syndrome (DS) students who are homeschooled.  Every Monday when the DS students attend Community Day at the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC), they participate in various programs such as art, karate, dance, etc.  allowing them time to interact with their peers.  During Chapman’s Communication Corner the DS students participate for 90 minutes in small and large group language and social skill activities as well as receiving individual speech/language sessions based on their individualized goals. 

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Board of Counselors

The CSD Board of Counselors is both an advisory board and a student and faculty support organization comprised of community members and professionals with a deep interest and commitment to the field, and specifically this CSD Program at Chapman University. Members meet twice a year with the Program Director and the Dean to discuss important activities and needs within the program, and hear directly from graduate students and alumni.

  • Diane Bangar, MA, CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist, Irvine, CA
  • Kim Goll, Executive Director, Children and Families Commission of Orange County, Santa Ana, CA
  • Sharlene Goodman, MA - Speech Language Pathologist, Chief Executive Officer, Newport Language and Speech Center, Mission Viejo, CA
  • Larry Goodman - President, WinWays, Transitional Living for Individuals with Brain Injuries, Orange, CA
  • Kim Gully - President, Medical Speech and Language Pathology Council of California, Diamond Bar, CA
  • Gilbert R. Herer, Ph.D. CCC-A/SLP - Audiologist, Professor Emeritis, George Washington University, Washington DC.
  • Frankie Rosario - Vice President, Extron Co., Orange, CA
  • James Stansell - Retired, son of the Founding Faculty member of original CSD Program at Chapman University Dr. Barbara Stansell, San Diego, CA
  • Ron Wenkart. JD - Attorney, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, Irvine, CA