Several speech-language pathology (SLP) students received valuable experience during their visit to the 2019 American Speech and Hearing Association Convention in Orlando, Florida recently.
The convention provides speech-language pathologists, audiologists and scientists an opportunity to learn the latest in their fields and gain new skills.
Second-year SLP student Nick Hill, of Plainfield, presented a poster at the conference: The Neural Effects of Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) to Individuals With Parkinson Disease-fNIR Data. His project involved using infrared technology to measure any neurological changes in the brain of patients with Parkinson’s disease while they were given four weeks of treatment.
First-year SLP student Caitlin Nelson, of Mokena, also presented a poster at the conference: Question Asking During Conversational Interaction in School-Age Children. Her project involved collecting language samples during dialogues between examiners and children with hearing loss and those with normal hearing. The projects primary aim investigated whether quantity of question asking differed between children with hearing loss and children with normal hearing.
Second year SLP students Maggie Rapp, of DeKalb, and Emily Adams, of South Elgin, volunteered at the conference. They helped with conference logistics and resources.
All students attended seminars on topics such as interdisciplinary teamwork in acute care; the impact of opioids on newborns; craniofacial anomalies; augmentative communication; and, dementia.
They also networked with potential employers and future colleagues.