Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Department

The mission of the department of communication disorders and deaf education at Fontbonne University is to prepare knowledgeable, competent and caring professionals in speech-language pathology and deaf education. Through courses and practicum experience, knowledge is developed, professional ethics and values are formed, and opportunities are provided for guided practice to foster reflective and caring therapists and teachers who will have a positive impact on individuals, families and society.

The departmental mission statement corresponds closely with the university mission statement. Both speech-language pathology and deaf education as disciplines are certainly rooted in “personal concern.” Critical thinking, ethical behavior, and assuming responsibility for one’s own behavior and the welfare of others are qualities included in both the departmental mission and the university mission. Goals of speech-language therapy and deaf education are always to maximize inclusion of individuals served by both professionals, and this is accomplished via open communication and collaborative practice.

Areas of Study

  • Inspiration and Determination Fuel Clinic Mission

    Inspiration and Determination Fuel Clinic Mission

    The Eardley Family Clinic for Speech, Language and Hearing — now free — gives clients hope, confidence and community. Learn more.

  • Grants for Graduate Programs

    Grants for Graduate Programs

    Fontbonne University has received more than $5 million in grants to fund graduate programs that will increase the number of professionals qualified to work with children with communication disorders or who are deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more.

  • Camp CAP

    Camp CAP

    The purpose of this program is to facilitate participation of AACS users and their families in a weekend family-based camp with a theater theme. Learn more.

  • Dr. Lenihan Wins International Award

    Dr. Lenihan Wins International Award

    Dr. Susan Lenihan, professor and director of Fontbonne’s deaf education program, was the recipient of the 2016 Antonia Branica Maxon Award for EHDI Excellence at the 15th Annual Early Hearing Detection Meeting in San Diego, Calif. Lenihan was one of ten international nominees. Learn more.

  • Faculty and Scholars In The News

    Faculty and Scholars In The News

    Read the latest successes from the Communication Disorders and Deaf Education Department. Check it out.

Contact Us

Questions? Contact our Office of Admission: 314-889-1400 or 1-800-205-5862 |