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Patricia Dowden, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ATP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington
Updated 11/2010

*Research in Child Language

Dr. Dowden is an active member of the Child Language Lab in SPHSC at the University of Washington. She is Co-PI of a research project funded by NICHD focusing on teaching Triadic Eye Gaze to infants and toddlers with severe motor impairments. You'll find more information on the Child Language Lab website.

*Teaching websites

Dr. Dowden teaches the following courses at UW.

SPHSC 540: Foundations of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (4)
Evaluation and intervention for children and adults with severe congenital speech and language impairments. Examines decision-making and treatment, using multi-modal communication strategies, from low-tech books, and picture exchange to complex voice output systems. Prerequisite: graduate SPHSC, REHAB, or EDSPE students, or permission of instructor. Offered: S

SPHSC 541: AAC in the Medical Setting (2)
Evaluation and intervention for severe acquired speech/language impairments. Covers decision-making and treatment for individuals who sustained a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or degenerative disease. Solutions include multi-modal strategies, from books to voice output systems. Prerequisite: SPHSC 540 or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.

SPHSC 507: Evidence Based Practice (3)
Prepares students to conduct evaluation and treatment in speech-language pathology according to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) principles. Examines integration of "internal" and "external" evidence in the context of clinical practice. Prerequisite: SPHSC status, or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.

(Note: the websites are only open to students enrolled in these course.)

* Biography

Dr. Dowden is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist specializing in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and joined the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences (SPHSC) as a clinical assistant professor where she teaches AAC. For more details, see her complete SPHSC Faculty Biography.

*Resources in AAC

These resources range from full courses in AAC to smaller educational modules on specific topics. Check out these resources to find some of Dr. Dowden's own teaching modules, now available on-line, as well as links to people and organizations world-wide with educational materials in AAC.