School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders students take home top honors

A team of students from the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders took top honors in the first-ever Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) ethics video contest.

Madelynn Parrott, Megan Nordstrom, Emily Atchison, Tiffany Jacob and Gracie Strohm are executive board members of NIU’s Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA), and the creative team behind the winning video.

“I am extremely proud of our students,” said Allison Gladfelter, assistant professor and COMSDA adviser. “Advocacy and ethical care are essential components of a successful speech-language pathologist or audiologist, and I’m thrilled to see our COMDSA students exhibiting these skills so early in their careers.”

Students Madelynn Parrott, Megan Nordstrom, Emily Atchison, Tiffany Jacob and Gracie Strohm of NIU’s Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA) were the creative team behind the winning video.

Students were tasked with creating a video centered on an ethical dilemma that a novice audiologist or speech-language pathologist could face. The video needed to be created online to maintain social distancing, include possible resolutions for the ethical dilemma and be less than five minutes in length.

“Our video focused on ethical deliberation in social media use,” Nordstrom said. “Especially during the pandemic, where technology is so prevalent in our lives, it is more important than ever to be mindful about how our actions affect others.”

For their efforts, the students earned a $100 prize along with a prize package that includes therapy materials for the university. Gladfelter said along with the recognition, the students earned much more.

“Our students gained a deeper understanding of the ethical implications of decisions they make while engaging in social media, which will certainly improve the quality of care they will one day offer their own clients.” Gladfelter said. “My hope is that they also had some fun connecting with each other and picked up a little confidence in themselves along the way.”

Watch the winning video created by the COMSDA team.

Source: NIU Today CHHS News

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