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Get to Know ACU Dallas Faculty | Mrs. Jones

by   |  03.21.22  |  Uncategorized

Mrs. Jones M.S., CCC-SLP

What brought you to ACU-Dallas?
I have loved being a practicing speech-language pathologist for many years, but I knew that eventually, I wanted to go into higher education to serve in training future therapists. Working in higher education is something that I have prayed about for a long time. When the opportunity arose with ACU, I knew that it was the Lord’s timing, so I seized the moment.

What area of speech and language is your specialty/favorite?
I feel blessed that I have had the opportunity to work in several settings over the course of my career. I have enjoyed them all, but I will say that my favorite/specialty is in the area of pediatrics preschool-aged feeding/swallowing, traumatic brain injury, apraxia of speech and language disorders. It is really hard to name just one area because I honestly enjoy learning about and working with a variety.

What environments have you worked in?
I have worked in rehabilitation hospitals outpatient and inpatient (adults and pediatrics), I have worked in an outpatient medical facility (pediatrics), private practice and I have also worked in public schools.

How would you describe your teaching method?
I teach and present concepts in a variety of ways including hands-on practice, videos, case studies, and personal examples. My goal is to include a variety of student learning methods and styles.

How does faith impact your profession or the profession of speech-language pathology in general?
As a clinician and educator in the field, there is a unique opportunity to integrate God in His awesomeness with the profession. The role and responsibility of a clinical educator and a clinician to assist others with the fundamental right of communication, allowing their voice to be heard, articulating the sound, or speaking a word whether it be verbally or by means of augmentation is a true reward. The profession of speech-language pathology is a ministry, it is a true calling from the Lord to assist in the healing process of others.

What is your favorite restaurant in Addison?
I don’t think I have a “favorite” restaurant in Addison, but I love Italian food!

What do you do to relax?
Walking/Hiking, going to the beach, spending time with my family.

What advice can you give to graduate students?
Give God your first. What I mean by this, is to make Him your first priority in everything. Be flexible, every clinical setting, instructor,  and semester will be different. Those who are most flexible will have better success. Study to be competent. You have made it, you are in graduate school. You are no longer studying to make a good grade, you are studying to be a competent professional in your field. Plan accordingly, do not wait until the last minute to complete assignments. Connect with your cohort, and finally, know that your professors and instructors are here for you. Do not hesitate to reach out when needed.

What are you currently binge watching?
Anything related to home decor and renovations (HGTV and Magnolia Network)

If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?

Do you have any pets?
No pets

What are your hobbies?
I love doing crafts, cooking dinner with my husband and daughter, walking/hiking

Who is your favorite singer?
I don’t have a favorite singer. I love praise and worship music. Currently, I am listening to Maverick City, Elevation Worship, Lauren Daigle, Micah Tyler, Cory Asbury. I could go on and on, I love to listen to music. 

Oct. 14th – MS SLP Dallas Virtual Open House

by   |  10.11.21  |  Uncategorized

The Dallas location of the graduate program in speech-language pathology is hosting a virtual open house Thursday, October 14th from 7:00-8:30pm CST.  The ACU Dallas faculty will talk about the program, curriculum, and clinical opportunities.  Current students will also be available to answer questions and talk about their experiences in the graduate program.

Click here to register for the event.

Virtual Open House!

by   |  10.16.20  |  Uncategorized

Are you interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology?

Join us for a virtual open house on Monday, October 19 at 1:30 pm! You will be able to visit on Zoom with our graduate faculty to hear more about our Master’s program, as well as get more information about our course work,  clinic experience, and all that happens here at our Abilene campus!

Click the link to register!

See you on Zoom!

Program Information Session — recording

by   |  04.03.20  |  Uncategorized

We completed the 2nd Program Information Session for the Dallas location of the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology last night.  Many accepted students attended and we had a great discussion.  If you were unable to attend one of these sessions and want to know more about the MS in SLP program at ACU Dallas, please watch this video.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email Dr. Bender,



AAC Take Over in the Maker Lab!

by   |  01.27.20  |  Uncategorized

Last week, first year’s spent their Thursday night in the Maker Lab! 

As a section in the Motor Speech Disorders course, students learn about Augmentative and Alternative Communication(AAC) and Assistive Technology(AT). Our students began their exploration of this area of our field by adapting toys to make them more accessible for individuals with disabilities. With the help of the ACU Maker Lab, students were able to rewire the power source of the toys. Students modified difficult, inaccessible switches to more accessible switches like flip switches on bracelets and bigger push buttons. This project allowed students to see the importance of fostering independence for our clients that are AAC users, as well as get an opportunity to discover the unique collaborations that can occur with professionals in other fields, like engineering. The toys will be given a new home to individuals with disabilities in our community. Thank you to the Maker Lab for letting our department utilize your resources and collaborate for a common goal– accessibility!