On April 23rd, S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks was proud to attend the University of Toronto to lecture to the graduate class of Speech-Language Pathology (class of 2015) in what would be the last lecture of their graduate education. Not only was it a privilege to share our clinical experiences, but it was a fantastic opportunity for the class to hear from two acquired brain injury survivors. The experience was rich for the students and even richer for us as clinicians to watch our clients shine in sharing their presentations! The clinician portion of the presentation was delivered by Bobi Tychynski Shimoda and Shanda Hunter-Trottier. The topic was Acquired Brain Injury Treatment.
A Story of Client Success
We were absolutely delighted to have two of our amazing clients presenting. The first hour of the lecture was the result of two months of preparation with our two clients, JW and BH. The duo spent weekly therapy sessions developing a presentation to share with the U of T class which included a description of the similarities and differences between each of their brain injury symptoms and the therapeutic strategies that have been most helpful to them.
This was an amazing feat for both of these client, and especially one, who reportedly fears speaking with unknown people, let alone speaking in front of 50 students! JW and BH spoke with poise and confidence and the entire class was captivated.
The project enabled the clients to work on communication confidence, verbal articulation and intonation, planning and organization, perspective taking, memory, and self-awareness. It was very meaningful to both clients and they were extremely excited after achieving success in the presentation. One client texted me that evening, I feel really proud of myself!
A Bright Future for the Speech-Language Pathology Profession
Once the class was warmed up and thoroughly engaged, we clinicians took over to speak about working within the motor vehicle accident sector and the insurance system. The class was extremely engaged and asked a variety of questions demonstrating their enthusiasm for the topic (thanks to JW and BH).
We are so pleased to have had a chance to connect with U of Ts class of S-LP students. These future clinicians were a bright bunch. We are certain that they will be assets to our profession.
Bobi Tychynski Shimoda is a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than a decade of experience working with neurological communication and swallowing disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehab, acute care, community, and private practise. She is highly skilled in assessment, and innovative treatment approaches.