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Wrapping up Corbett Clinic 2012

July 21, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been posting profiles of some of the fantastic future SLP students at the U of A. This week, I thought I would change it up a bit and describe a little bit about what has been going on behind the smiling faces and life stories.

Over the past 12 weeks, the students at Corbett Clinic have been running around tirelessly, preparing materials, lesson plans, reports and probes for our child and adult clients. On top of this, we are now wrapping up another three classes, which included learning about the various types of alternative and augmentative communication devices that are available and issues related to using these devices with our clients, and how to successfully complete a treatment block from start to finish, including assessment, treatment, and report writing. We also were lucky enough to be able to attend a series of seminars on topics that will be relevant to our future careers, such as what it takes to open a private practice, how to supervise/work with an Speech Language Pathology Assistant, ethical issues that might arise in the work place, and how to transition into becoming real working SLPs!

As we are wrapping up our last couple treatment sessions, I find myself thinking back over the last 2 months, and realizing just how far we all have come in our clinical practice. Our CEs and instructors took us from 57 people with massive amounts of information from the past term filed haphazardly in our brains to a group of SLPs in training. We not only learned how to deal with our clients as people with individual needs and goals, but also how to integrate our academic knowledge into our practical abilities. In class, we were taught how to write goals, carry out assessments, and design materials, but through our first clinical experience, we learned how to do all of these things in the context of a real client-centered experience.  I was walking through the hall just the other day, and several groups had their clients doing therapy in the hall, and I’m pretty sure if a stranger had been watching, they would have thought everyone was a real SLP already!

All this being said however, I know that everyone is ready for a much deserved break, and we will be scattering across the country until we meet up again in September to finish our academic training, before we get some more much needed hands on experience!

For the speechies reading the blog, what was your favorite clinic experience over the past 12 weeks?

One Comment leave one →
  1. MearaBeeee permalink
    July 21, 2012 11:08 am

    My favourite clinic day was half-way through the summer, when my client shushed me when I tried to give her a cue. That was the day I realized our therapy was actually working!

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