You research language processing and production. How does your research guide your clinical practice?
Researching the underlying mechanisms of language has helped me to dig deeper with my clients and really examine not just the communication challenges that they’re experiencing, but the underlying reasons why their issues present in a particular way. This focus has improved my ability to provide individualized, person-centered therapy. This is something I try to pass on to my students as well, ensuring that they fully understand the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of impairment and intervention, so that they can connect these concepts to their work as emerging clinicians.
Researching the underlying mechanisms of language has helped me to dig deeper with my clients and really examine the underlying reasons why their issues present in a particular way.
How has the pandemic influenced your practice?
I have been able to continue working clinically throughout the pandemic in nursing and rehabilitation settings, but the biggest shift has been transitioning to remote therapy for my in-home clients. Communicating through a computer screen and losing the nuances of direct face-to-face interaction can be particularly difficult for someone with a communication impairment. However, it has also provided opportunities for creative problem solving on both sides, and highlighted my clients’ perseverance and dedication to improving their communication skills even in the face of these challenges.