Emily and Dr. Haskins
Classroom Expectations, Pragmatics, and Clinical Acumen
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Marymount Manhattan College
Communication Science and Disorders
This case study on clinical practice, preparation, and acumen follows the story of Emily, an intelligent, hard working, and motivated student who yet encounters difficulties in the clinical fieldwork component of her senior seminar. A follow-up section of the case switches to the perspective of Dr. Haskins, Emily’s supervisor in the clinic, who sees in Emily a student ill-prepared to deal with clients. Students read the case study and discuss a series of open-ended questions that explore various aspects of performing and supervising clinical fieldwork. The case can be used in introductory survey courses in the allied health field or education, with advanced students about to start their fieldwork, or with students finishing graduate work and about to become supervisors themselves.
- Identify some of the necessary skills one needs to be an excellent clinician and clinical supervisor.
- Discuss the necessary steps that career counseling to adult students involves.
- Identify ways to predict, encourage, and practice clinical acumen before the start of one’s clinical experiences.
- Discuss pedagogical strategies for connecting book-skills with clinical experiences for the student.
- Detail and discuss real-world issues of Asperger’s Syndrome and pragmatic impairment (although we see this issue as secondary for some classrooms and requiring outside research on the part of the students).
KeywordsClinical supervision; clinical skills; Asperger syndrome; Asperger's; autism; autistic spectrum; pervasive developmental disorder; speech-language pathology
Educational LevelUndergraduate upper division, Graduate, Professional (degree program), Clinical education, Faculty development
Type / MethodsDilemma/Decision, Discussion
Subject HeadingsCommunication Science | Psychology | Nursing | Teacher Education |
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