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Meet some Class of 2018 Members! Speechie Spotlight 1…

March 20, 2017

Throughout the year, we will be continuing with the tradition of introducing you to some of the wonderful ladies and gentlemen who make up the class of 2018. Our first SLP student in the spotlight is Khadija Farooq. Read on and check back often to find out about our class’s interests, backgrounds, experiences in the program, and more!



Integrating Therapy Animals into Professional Practice

November 7, 2016

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Do you love animals? Interested in learning about how they can become part of your professional practice?

TAAILS is offering a workshop about integrating a therapy animal into your practice!

When: Saturday, November 19 at 1 PM – 3 PM

Where: NAIT (11762 106 St) Centre for Applied Technology: CAT202

Tickets are $10 for non-members (Cash or Cheque)
Free for TAAILS members

Buy tickets here!

Reflecting on Alberta Aphasia Camp

October 14, 2016


Anita Ripmeester has given us permission to link to her reflection at the YouAlberta BlogSpot.  Thanks, Anita!

Anita relates her experience volunteering at Alberta Aphasia Camp to her current life as a second-year CSD student with a full course load, clinic, her research project, her role as a TA, and, on a personal note, having an aunt who has suffered a recent left hemisphere stroke.

So take a look at Anita’s blog and glimpse into a weekend of interdisciplinary collaboration for an amazing group of campers.

Thank you, as well, to Tamara Paetkau, also from the Class of 2017, for sharing her poignant Facebook post with us. In Tamara’s words:

It might not be much to look at, but for me, this is one of the most powerful photos I have ever shot. This is a photo of a man’s wheelchair. He is not in it because he was in a canoe, something he had wanted to do for the past two years of Alberta Aphasia Camp. During this, his third year at camp, a team of PTs, OTs, and SLPs finally made it happen. 
And it made me cry. — at YoWoChAs Outdoor Education Center.

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OASIS Conference 2016!

September 5, 2016

It’s that time again! Visit the Facebook page (oasisconf2016) for more information.  If you have any questions, email

And don’t forget that student early bird pricing ends September 16!


Alumni Achievement!

July 9, 2016

narwhal imageCheck out this incredible project developed by two of our SLP graduates, Aryn Franklin and Tara Put, and OT graduate Laura Addington. They have created a fun and whimsical children’s book titled Narwhal Makes a Sandwich, incorporating knowledge they gained during their studies at the U of A and in their work. Through Kickstarter, the team raised the funds they needed and the book is already in print! There will be a launch party in Calgary this month, and the team is planning on holding a book signing in Edmonton soon after.

They are currently working on their supplementary tools, with a focus on multi-disciplinary activities, and those will be available on their website soon: The book will be available for purchase on their website within the next few weeks (and hopefully in a few local stores). They also have lots of photos, information, and contests on their social media accounts, and invite you to follow along! 


Instagram- @narwhalmakesasandwich

Dog Day at Corbett Hall

June 29, 2016

Corbett Hall Dog Day on June 15th was an immense success! The members of the CSD 900 project “Must Love Dogs II” were overjoyed with the turnout and media coverage:…/how-dogs-are-helping-patients-with-p….

Members of TAAILS, as well as CHEEP‘s very own Shona and Jasper, came out to assist students from Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy present information on the incorporation of animal-assisted therapy in rehab medicine. CAAWLS brought many furry therapy partners and information about volunteering with their organization, and the Edmonton Humane Society attended with a booth highlighting the importance of reading animal body language.

It was an hour of interdisciplinary collaboration extraordinaire:…/dog-day-at-u-of-a-showc…


Here, Shona Nichols and Jasper join SLP students Jenny Reid and Jo Reimer in a demonstration of speech therapy with AAT.

More Tech Tips for the Class of 2018

June 19, 2016

Now that you are in the program, you may be thinking about how to take notes next year. I surveyed my class and here are some general ideas, in addition to the great piece Charlotte Smith wrote about Notability.

Of the people who responded, we had 13 Mac laptop users, and 9 of us did things the old fashioned way, with handwritten notes.   We had 5 PC laptop lovers, 3 iPad users, and 2 who did really well with the Microsoft Surface.

I was going to try to use a LiveScribe Pen with the notebooks that record lectures, but since our profs always provided lecture notes ahead of time, it was easier just to print things out and write directly on the slides–a little hard on the ink and paper budget, but it worked well for me.

Melanie took notes on adobe reader on her Mac and then (instead of doing the readings at night) went over the lectures and composed notes that consisted of slide key points and lecture tidbits combined, essentially creating a study guide as she went along in the semester. She then synthesized ideas into a cohesive main point document when exam time came up.

Darian took notes on her iPad slides first semester, but found writing/typing them out to study from was something she just didn’t have time to do. So she typed notes in class as we went along on her Mac second semester. When it came time to study she MUCH preferred having typed notes in class, saving hours of rewriting them out. It’s more mentally straining in class to try to keep up typing out everything on the slides and everything the profs say, but was definitely worth it for her.  Jill and Bethany agreed, as studying off the iPad was just not working.

Oliver wants to add that it depends. Some of the factors he thinks weigh into the decision-making process are whether lecture material are in PDF or PowerPoint format, the amount of diagrams/visuals in lectures, and the amount of content in lecture slides. He found PowerPoint in certain courses allowed him to type really good descriptive notes without worrying about text space or placement, while also being able to edit the text of the actual slides (using red coloured font). A difficult balance that he has been going back and forth on is copying and pasting PowerPoint/PDF lectures into a word document vs. listening and taking notes in class. He has been reading up on experiments investigating note-taking habits of university students. Apparently, students who use handwritten notes retain more information compared to students who take computer-typed notes even when factoring in study time with computer formulated notes. The researchers believe that handwritten notes forces students to think about the material, making them more likely to paraphrase and retain information. However, typed notes are usually copied verbatim from lectures and students rarely paraphrase. A happy medium for the convenience of digital media may be the use of an iPad and stylus or the Microsoft surface. I used an iPad with the note-taking software Notability. I found it stable with a great scroll feature for writing, as well as folders for organization. Lastly, he tends to like using flow charts to visually see the flow of lectures/courses and build an organization to classify and categorize information. The software MindNode worked quite nicely for him, but lacks top down organization.

Finally, a word from Charlene: In general, she tried to do readings before classes by taking notes to help prime. Then she took notes in class on her MacBook Air (ppt or pdf – didn’t really matter to her). After each class, she would make a handwritten mind map of the lecture to help understand how things were connected. Then, come final time, it was a lot easier to see how different lectures fit together, etc. She found it helped a ton doing that brief review every day because it was much more relaxing studying for finals! She tended to work off of objectives for some classes as a study guide and for others she used the profs’ guides.

And something we all want found lifesaving: SHARE.  We are given a google drive and can share resources, study notes, and, well, everything.  We now have a folder of activity ideas for Spring Clinic. And embrace your Facebook page. You are all a team now.