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Speechie Spotlight 4…

July 29, 2017

This week’s SLP student in the spotlight is Ally Gjos. Read on and check back often to find out about the wonderful ladies and gentlemen that make up the class of 2018!



Speechie Spotlight 3…

June 7, 2017

This week’s SLP student in the spotlight is Lindsay Ferguson. Read on and check back often to find out about the wonderful ladies and gentlemen that make up the class of 2018!

[Lindsay Ferguson]
 L Hometown: Empress, Alberta
Undergrad Degrees:

Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies

Speech Language Pathology Assistant Diploma

Interests & Hobbies: Concerts, traveling, DIY projects, gardening, animals
Favourite thing about Edmonton: The river valley
Why did you decide to go into SLP?

I completed the SLP Assistant Diploma at Grant MacEwan and was then a SLP Assistant for several years, which I loved – so that solidified my thoughts on wanting to continue with my masters.  Originally, however, I worked as a nursing aide at a care home and was really affected by all of the residents, especially those requiring speech therapy.  Most of those residents weren’t able to communicate very well with staff, and it absolutely broke my heart.


Previous research or volunteer experience?

As an assistant, I worked for five years at the CRIS Clinic in Edmonton.  It was a really cool experience because I was actually trained onsite in OT and PT, so I was able to provide that type of therapy as well.  As for speech, I saw clients with a variety of neurological conditions such as Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.  I also co-lead many therapy groups, including Neighbourhood Chat aphasia groups for several years, which was a fantastic experience.  In addition, I worked in the private sector, where I saw a variety of ages and speech/language challenges. I travelled to client’s homes for therapy, which was really neat because you get a much more “real” sense of their everyday life.  I also volunteered at ABC Headstart and IStar, and had a major research project on communication accessibility in the community for people with aphasia as a requirement for my degree.


How did you find out you were accepted into the program?

Oh man.  I had actually just pulled up to a client’s house and checked my phone before going in and saw the email from Vicki.  I definitely began to cry and then called my boyfriend and one of my best friends. After work, my boyfriend and I went to the Keg to celebrate and ate everything on the menu. It was the best day.

Hardest part of the program so far?

I’ve found balancing the workload with working and having a life challenging.


Favourite part of the program so far?

Hmm, that’s a tough one. I really love the lab components – especially the cadaver and speech science labs.  We’ve had some very cool integration experiences as well.

What do you wish you had known before entering the program?

To take some time before the program starts to just relax if possible


Fun Fact: If I know you even just a little bit I can come up with a limerick about you pretty much straight away

Speech and Hearing Month is here! Did you know…

May 12, 2017

Image credit: Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Spread the word! May is speech and hearing month!

This month, speech-language pathologists and audiologists are working hard to build awareness about speech and hearing… and you can help too! Check out the resources below from Speech-Language & Audiology Canada to learn more about what speech pathologists and audiologists do for a living and check back throughout the month to learn more about speech, hearing, talking to someone with a communication disorder, and more!

What do speech-language pathologists do? 

What do audiologists do?

If you are in Edmonton, check out our previous post, Speech and Hearing Month, for a list of dates and locations where we will have communication related information and activities for everyone in the family.


You’re Invited! Comedy Night Fundraiser for Alberta Summer Camps for Indivduals with Communication Difficulties

April 12, 2017
**You’re Invited**
The University of Alberta’s Speech Language Pathology Class of 2018 is very excited to invite you to Comedy Night 2017, in support of Alberta Aphasia Camp and AAC Camp Alberta, in partnership with March of Dimes Canada. This charity event combines the fun of stand-up comedy with the excitement of a silent auction and the opportunity to win an awesome door prize! And it’s all in support of a great cause! Alberta Aphasia Camp and AAC Camp Alberta provide individuals with communication disorders the opportunity to enjoy a weekend retreat that includes recreational and therapeutic activities.



Event type: Comedy Night 2017 is a charity event that includes stand-up comedy and a silent auction. There will be a door prize!

Location: The Comic Strip at West Edmonton Mall. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the venue. The venue is 18+, so no children or minors are permitted to attend.

Date: May 11th, 2017, doors open @ 6:30 p.m.

Guest list: YOU… and us! Mingle with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere. Spouses, significant others, BFF’s… everyone (18+) is welcome!


Cost: Your $25 ticket includes admission, entry into the draw for a fantastic door prize, and all the fun you can handle! 100% of ticket sales support Alberta Aphasia Camp and AAC Camp Alberta.

How can I get tickets? Tickets will be on sale over the lunch hour in the front foyer of Corbett Hall on April 18 & 19 and May 9 & 10. Payment can be made with cash or cheque. Alternatively, you may also contact Angela or Rina at for tickets.

**Other ways to help**

Silent Auction Donations: We are now accepting donations for the silent auction. No item is too big or too small! All donors will be publicly thanked at the event, and their business name/logo displayed on a donors’ banner. Attached is a donor request letter which sets out a bit more information.

Monetary Donations: Can’t make the party but still want to help out? Consider making a monetary donation (tax receipts will be provided for donations over $20.00). A monetary donation is definitely a wonderful way to support these two amazing camps!

Please contact Angela or Rina, via the above email address, to arrange pick-up of any silent auction or monetary donations. All money raised will go to the supporting these two great camps!

Hope to see you there!

Institute for Reconstructive Sciences In Medicine Research Forum 2017

April 9, 2017

Interested in learning about the latest research and innovation in head & neck cancer treatment & rehabilitation?

Click here to register for iRSM Resrarch Forum 2017

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 2-44 Corbett Hall (8205 114 St), University of Alberta


Speech and Hearing Month

April 5, 2017
May is Speech and Hearing Month ( and the Organization of Alberta Students in Speech (OASIS) is hosting its 3rd Annual Speech and Hearing Month campaign.
Come join us to learn about the communication health and disorders, the myths and facts of speech and hearing, and to participate in activities including raise your voice for rehab med and listen with your brain!
Speech and hearing month

Speechie Spotlight 2…

March 28, 2017

This week’s SLP student in the spotlight is Sara Laughton. Read on and check back often to find out about the wonderful ladies and gentlemen that make up the class of 2018!

Sara Laughton
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta  
Undergrad Degree:

BSc General with Distinction

Psychology Major and Biological Sciences Minor

University of Alberta, 2016

Interests & Hobbies:

Cats, Eating (especially cheese), Sleeping, Hiking, Music, Singing…

Favourite thing about Edmonton:

Edmonton Folk Music Festival ❤

Why did you decide to go into SLP?


Actually, my mom suggested it when I was about 15. She works with Speech-Language Pathologists in her career and thought it was a good fit for my interests and personality. I was a choir kid and I loved singing and singing in different languages, so it fit well with my interests in the vocal mechanism and speech sounds. I, being 15 and stupid, did not listen to my mom and decided I wanted to go into veterinary medicine because I love animals more than humans most days. I began my degree with vet med in mind, but discovered I liked cuddling cats, not poking them with needles. So… about 7 years after my mom’s original suggestion, I changed my degree focus and set off to pursue speech.


Previous research or volunteer experience?


I volunteered as a conversation partner at the Glenrose Hospital for two years. I partnered one-on-one with a client with global aphasia and I helped out in a functional language group for clients with aphasia. I also volunteered as a conversation partner and audience member at the Institute of Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) with several of my S-LP classmates!


I got involved in research in the psychology department as part of my degree. At the UofA, psychology students have amazing opportunities to get hands on RA experience by taking PSYCO 496/498. I worked with Drs Christina Gagné and Thomas Spalding in the Complex Cognition lab. We mainly nerded out on psycholinguistics and compound nouns. Through ISTAR, I got a summer RA position with Dr Deryk Beal in his Neurodevelopmental Speech Disorders lab where I learned a LOT about neuroimaging, genetics, and stuttering.


How did you find out you were accepted into the program?


I was stupid and signed up for GradCafe to get application tips… but that turned into obsessively checking to see when acceptances were going out. Two days before my 25th birthday I signed on to GradCafe and saw that some people had received their acceptances… so I went and checked my email and THERE IT WAS! It was one of my happiest moments ever.


Hardest part of the program so far?


I’m a perfectionist when it comes to submitted course work… and I have had to learn to let perfection go. It has been quite the learning process.


Favourite part of the program so far?


Everyone I get to be around all day. All of my classmates and instructors are amazing, beautiful people, and I am excited to be at school every day.


What do you wish you had known before entering the program?


I had a lot of self-doubts about my ability to maintain my mental health with the intensive nature of this program. I wish I had known how supportive and collaborative this experience would be. Everyone goes out of their way to help each other and share materials and it has kept me healthy.


Fun Fact:


I love to name inanimate objects in my life. My car is named Carl.