In spring 2017 the Let’s Talk Again communication program for stroke survivors, a component of the program’s practicum experience, was run by students Reagan VanTeeling, Maggie Gadbois, Abi Jones and Zach Richmond.
During sessions, the students led roundtable discussions talking about problem solving scenarios, reminiscing on memories, answering hot topic questions, creating lists and reading out loud to one another, said Reagan VanTeeling.
“We teach a variety of strategies that can be used outside of group therapy,” VanTeeling said. “We also encourage clients to advocate for themselves when they are having difficult communication in everyday activities.”
The members of both groups made progress with their difficulties in spring. They became more social and readily participated in
activities, using the strategies they learned in the group in their everyday lives.
“It’s wonderful working with adults who are so motivated to learn and for us to help them,” VanTeeling said. “Each individual has a unique story and personality that makes therapy fun and interesting. We look forward to working with these clients each week.”
These programs are one aspect of the several community, adult and child services provided by the CSD department through its Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic in Brown Hall.