IPEI: 2021 Scholars

Rose Colflesh


Rose Colflesh



MS, Speech-Language Pathology | Fontbonne University

Previous Education
BA, Art | Ohio State University


Columbus, Ohio


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology


Fontbonne University Archives


St. Louis, MO


The IPEI project prepares scholars for family-centered intervention with a focus on providing services for families with children who are deaf/hard of hearing. Ever since I discovered the depth of the speech-language pathology field, I have felt drawn to working with this population. To attend a program and have the privilege to be a scholar on this project aligns with where I see myself in the future. This project provides learning opportunities to get to know and work with professionals in the field. Not only in the classes and meetings we attend, but the conferences and discussions we partake in throughout each semester broadens my intake of information. All while working with clients in the clinic and managing other classes. I still get the experience to shape me into a well-rounded clinician, while the IPEI projects provide opportunities to help hone the specific area I am passionate about.

When I transitioned from my 2-year community college to the 4-year university I graduated from, I had to declare what major I would be pursuing. Up until this point, I’d honed in on American Sign Language, even considering going into interpreting. But as much as I loved signing and working with D/deaf individuals, I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to eventually venture into more than one avenue in case my interests changed. While researching possible majors and careers, I stumbled upon speech-language pathology and discovered I could combine all my passions into one flexible career. I could work with a wide range of people and still seek specialization in working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This domino effect is what inspired me to pursue this career.

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Rose Colflesh