In October, 2015, Dr. Mahshie and fellow GWU faculty members Prof. Michael Bamdad and Dr. Shelley Brundage travelled to China to meet with other professionals about current topics such as cochlear implantation and effective clinical training programs.In an effort to better understand speech and hearing professions in China, they presented a paper entitled “Model elements of a clinical and academic program in Speech-Language Pathology” at the Asia Pacific Society of Speech, Language, and Hearing (APSSLH). The APSSLH is dedicated to promoting the exchange of research and ideas regarding all aspect of normal and disordered communication throughout the Asia Pacific Rim. This conference allowed Dr. Mahshie and colleagues to speak with other professionals in the field about the essential components of a strong academic and clinical training program.
In addition to speaking with academics at the APSSLH, Dr. Mahshie, Prof. Bamdad, and Dr. Brundage had the opportunity to visit a hospital and two rehabilitation centers for children. They met with the director and discussed the auditory verbal therapy (AVT) that they were using to benefit the approximately 50 children with cochlear implants there.
Overall, the trip to China was a great success. Dr. Mahshie and colleagues were able to make great initial contacts with many professionals and to discuss the research advancements and therapies being made available to benefit children with cochlear implants all over the world.