Meet our Students!

We have two Speech and Language Therapy Students working with us throughout the Spring Term. They are completing their final placements from the University of East Anglia, before graduating to become Speech and Language Therapists! During this placement, they are visiting a number of settings with various members of our team.

We wanted to get to know our students a little better, so we’ve asked them a few questions! Meet Kate and Carissa….

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  • What made you interested in a career in Speech and Language Therapy? 

I’ve always enjoyed working with people and so when I first heard about SLT I was really excited to get to learn about a variety of different client groups. I was also excited to study a course at uni that was constantly different and challenging.

  • Is there anything you have learnt during the degree which you weren’t expecting to? 

I wasn’t aware that SLT’s helped with swallowing difficulties! It’s not obvious in the title ‘Speech and Language Therapist’!!

  • What other placement experiences have you had?

My placement last year was in an acute stroke and near unit in a hospital. This was a great experience and I really enjoyed putting my theory of adult communication difficulties into practice. I have also spent a few days in a Specialist Resource Base.

  • What are you enjoying most about your placement with Communicate?

I’m enjoying the variety of opportunities, from running individual therapy to a variety of groups. I’ve also been loving making and designing resources to use in therapy sessions, remembering to make them engaging and appropriate for the different levels of the children I’m working with.

  • Which client group do you see yourself working with when you’ve finished your degree?

I’m still working it out! I’m thoroughly enjoying working in paediatrics on my current placement, so I most likely see myself in this area but still remain open minded.

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-13-12-00Carissa

  • What made you interested in a career in Speech and Language Therapy?

Since a very young age, I’ve always known that I wanted to be in a profession which involves helping people. When I was eight years old, my best friend required Speech and Language Therapy input for both communication and swallowing in an Intensive Care Unit of a hospital. My interest in Speech and Language Therapy grew from seeing the amazing work that they did to help my friend communicate, despite paralysis and initially not being able to use her voice at all.

  • Is there anything you have learnt during the degree which you weren’t expecting to? 

I never realised the extent to which Speech and Language Therapists can be involved with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) following our dysphagia training. During my second year placement in a hospital, the majority of my educators caseload were made up of dysphagia patients.

I had also never considered the role of a Speech and Language Therapist with tracheostomy care, until I saw SLT input with a patient with tracheostomy on placement. Following this we also had a lecture on the subject.

  • What other placement experiences have you had?

In my first year of university, I visited a man who’d had a stroke, leaving him with some language difficulties, or aphasia. His aphasia mostly presented as word-finding difficulties. We would have a chat for an hour a week and support our conversations with props, such as photographs, alphabet charts and maps, to aid his word-finding difficulties.

In my second year of university, I had an eight week adult block placement in a hospital. I was able to gain experience in many different settings within the hospital, including the acute stroke ward, head and neck clinic, voice clinic, video fluoroscopy clinic (x-ray of the swallow) and I also ventured into the community one afternoon a week to attend a stroke communication group.

  • What are you enjoying most about your placement with Communicate?

I am enjoying everything about my placement with Communicate! It’s great to be getting such a range of experiences, from working with children of reception age to high school age. I have also been given the opportunity to carry out both individual and group therapy sessions, as well as a range of assessments. I am definitely learning something new or consolidating my learning every day and I couldn’t ask for a better placement with a better or more supportive team!

  • Which client group do you see yourself working with when you’ve finished your degree? 

At this stage I am very open minded, as I have enjoyed all areas of Speech and Language Therapy that I have experienced and learnt about…so I can’t decide!

 

We are really enjoying having both students with us and sharing our passion for Speech and Language Therapy!

The Team @ Communicate! 🙂

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