Amelia Rau

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Dr. Amelia Rau

Assistant Professor
Special Education & Communication Disorders


Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Dr. Rau completed a bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Iowa.  She achieved her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Arizona State University, was trained in bilingual Speech-Language-Pathology research at the University of Minnesota, and graduated with her Ph.D. in Special Education at New Mexico State University.  Dr. Rau has gained a number of years of clinical experience with pre-school and school-aged children and in supervising the speech-language practicum of graduate students. Dr. Rau conducts research that pertains to the communication disorders found in Spanish speaking children who are learning English as a second language and teaches in the areas of Speech Disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), Neuroscience, Clinical Methods, and Multicultural Issues. Her clinical specialties are in the area of Spanish/English bilingual treatment issues and has presented at national, state, and local conferences on topics pertaining to the assessment and intervention of children learning English as a second language.

Research Interests

Clinician Education: How to make vocational opportunities in speech and hearing sciences accessible for minorities, supposedly ‘not-academically oriented’ students; how to prepare and inspire future clinicians to work with culturally and linguistically diverse clientele.

Misdiagnosis of communication disorders in bilingual children: How bilingual children acquire, store, and retrieve language; how children with communication disorders integrate their language history and identity into everyday bilingual interaction and learning; what instructional supports in language learning are needed in bilingual therapy; how to test and design Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) interventions that effectively support the need for two or more languages in non-verbal bilingual children.

Selected Publications

Medina (Rau), A. & Yeboah, T. (April, 2013). Bilingualism and AAC: Inter-related Themes and Issues. CEC Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL) Spring Newsletter.

Medina (Rau), A. (2012). Vocabulary instruction for young bilinguals with language impairment: A Research Synthesis. Journal of Bilingual Education Research & Instruction, 4(1), 41-49.

Medina (Rau), A. & Saloman, J. (2012). Current issues in teaching bilingual children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 7(3), 69-75.

Medina (Rau), A. & Rentmeester, J. (2010). Evidence-based practice for bilingual students with language impairment: general and specific treatment questions. Evidence Based Practce Briefs, 4(3), 25–38.

Kohnert, K., & Medina (Rau), A. (2009). Bilingual children and communication disorders: A 30 year research retrospective. Seminars in Speech and Language, 30, 219-233.


CD 321: Clinical Methods and Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

CD 326: Clinical Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

SPED 350/500: Introduction to Special Education in a Diverse Society

CD 421: Speech Disorders

CD 423: Neural Bases of Communication Disorders

CD 545: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication

CD 549: Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders

CD 589: Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

CD 591: Guided Research in Bilingualism

Academic Background

Ph.D. Bilingual/Multicultural Special Education, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

B.A. Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

B.A. Spanish, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA