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CSD Student Speech Pathology Clinicians take to the Seas

CSD Student Speech Pathology Clinicians take to the Seas

A small group of Masters level students in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) spent 5 days in June applying their treatment skills in a functional setting. The four, John Demid, Kelsey Folsom, Elizabeth Wood and Anna Marie Mainiero, joined the Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) Aphasia Cruise to Bermuda as part of USF's Study Abroad program. The student clinicians, along with Clinical Instructor, Cheryl A. Paul, travelled with 90 people aboard the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas. The students were aboard to facilitate communication for the 30 members of the group who have aphasia. Aphasia is a neurogenic language disorder that can impair expressive communication (such as talking or writing) and/or receptive communication (such as understanding what they read or what people say). The students prepared activities to conduct on board the ship and also facilitated communication between those with aphasia and others on the ship, including the ship's crew.