Clinical Colloquium Abstracts 2016-2017

The speech-language pathology clinical colloquium provides opportunities for graduate students to develop their presentation skills. The colloquium is a series of presentations each fall and spring semester. All students have an opportunity to develop a clinical or research presentation. Students also facilitate open discussions.


Presenters: Tonicia Wimberley, Adrienne Haidusek

Title: Ampcare ESP: Using Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation in Treatment of Dysphagia after Stroke

Recent research supports the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to improve hyolaryngeal elevation in persons with persistent dysphagia post-stroke.  Ampcare Effective Swallowing Protocol (ESP) combines neuromuscular electrical stimulation with the Principles of Neuroplasticity to increase hyolaryngeal elevation for better airway protection during swallowing. In this presentation, we will highlight the key components of using NMES, its implementation into therapy, and our client’s progression through the Ampcare ESP treatment program.

Presenter: Danielle Smith

Title: Social Competence in Adolescence with Autism

Social competence is the ability to have successful communication with others. Social competence is important to teach towards in adolescence with ASD as they typically struggle in this area. Tools to teach towards social competence may vary; however, video modeling seems to be an effective tool for this population. Research has shown that there are many benefits to teaching towards social competence with the assistance of video modeling. In this presentation, I will highlight key concepts of social competence and video modeling, their implementation in therapy, and my clients progress this semester.

Presenter: Mallory Raborn

Title: LAMP Program

The LAMP program is a type of method for communication through an AAC device for individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal skills.  The LAMP approach focuses on the growth of accessing vocabulary, is a type of method for communication through an AAC device for individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal skills.  The LAMP approach focuses on the growth of accessing vocabulary, extension of language meaning and generalization in many contexts.  The combination of five basic components allows for language development to occur (Auditory Signals, Natural Consequences, Readiness to Learn, Shared Engagement and Consistent Motor Patterns). The specificity of the organizational structure is important to the language learning process for the individual. As a result of intervention, the ability to produce independent and spontaneous communication by the LAMP user is the desired goal in this program.  In this presentation, I will highlight the key components of the LAMP program, it’s implementation into therapy, and my client’s progress this semester.

Presenter: Ciara Guilhas

Title: Communicative Reading Strategies

Research has shown that meaning-based feedback strategies such as communicative reading strategies (CRS) are more effective in helping school-aged children with language-learning disabilities (LLD) improve comprehension of written text than traditional feedback strategies. In this presentation, I will highlight key components of CRS, the process of implementing it into therapy, and my client’s progress thus far in the semester.

Presenter:  Chelsea Lyles

Title: Assessment of an Adult with Cerebral Palsy

At some point in our clinical career, we will all have a client for which evidence is lacking. The gold standard of what we do as clinicians is the model of EBP which incorporates clinical expertise, scientific evidence, and client perspectives. Finding an appropriate and ethical balance between these three key areas allows us to provide best practice. In this presentation, I will take you along my journey in an evaluation of an adult client with cerebral palsy who self-referred to Lamar’s clinic with the hope of improving her intelligibility through speech and language therapy.

Presenter: Ana Benson and Kolby Joseph

Title: Communication Counseling for Adults who Stutter

Research tells us the when individuals are diagnosed with a communication disorder, they often suffer from negative psychological factors such as social anxiety, fear, and shame. It is the job of an SLP to address the impairment but in order to do this successfully, we must sometimes structure our interventions to include counseling. In fact, ASHA lists counseling in our scope of practice. It is becoming more accepted that separating an individuals impairment with their affects in very difficult. That is, emotions, moods, and thoughts may influence the impairment, often making it worse and contributing to poorer quality of life. In this presentation we will discuss the impact stuttering has on an individuals identity, social sphere, and quality of life, and how we have provided intervention to address the factors.

Presenter: Kelsie Carlquist and Tibitha Thomas

Title: The Influence and Potential of the Use of Storybooks in School-Aged Children

The underlying reason for our colloquium is to address the influence and potential of using storybooks in school-aged children. We will discuss how we incorporate storybooks into both our individual and group sessions with our clients. We will also highlight the use of storybooks with different age groups as well as incorporating different goals based on our specific clients. Lastly, we will discuss how collecting data for language enrichment is more qualitative and how it differs from quantitative data.

Presenters: Maria Hernandez & Chelsey Gates

Title: Bilingualism in Preschool Children

The purpose of our colloquium is to discuss techniques implemented in therapy targeting expressive and receptive language skills for twins who are English/Spanish bilingual. Evidence shows that twins are at a higher risk of having language delay compared to singletons which can persist into primary school years. Evidence also shows that bilingualism can affect the rate of development of syntax in both languages. We will explore the impact of environmental factors, evidence-based information related to intervention with bilingual children, as well as briefly discuss twin language development. We will end our presentation with strategies and activities utilized in our therapy session to increase morphosyntactic and semantic skills in both languages and how they have progressed throughout the semester.

Presenter:  Kendra Caswell

Title: Anticipatory and Compensatory Strategies in “Dysarthria”

In research, anticipatory and compensatory strategies have been largely implemented in both dysarthria and aphasia therapy. In this presentation, I will start with the background of the client followed by what the clinicians here at Lamar Speech and Hearing Clinic have done with him in the past. I will then highlight why I chose to target anticipatory and compensatory strategies, and show what a typical session will consist of. Lastly, I will explain how I have included functional approaches to ensure generalization outside of therapy.

Presenters: Kayla Jackson and Melissa Ann Sevilla

Title: Aphasia Conversation Lab: FAC and Support Group

The Aphasia conversation Lab uses the Facilitating Authentic conversational approach. According to Damico et al, FAC is an interaction-focused intervention based on constructivism and conversation. The objective of FAC is to improve socialization and effective communication for the IWA and their interactional partners. As clinicians, we want to establish a therapeutic effect to facilitate changes in the patterns of interactions made by the IWA and ourselves during conversation. The aphasia conversation lab provides individual therapy, group therapy, and a support group to improve the aphasia client’s socialization and effective communication.

Presenters: Stephanie Bermudez, Johanna Figlia, Haley Hebert

Title: Colloquium Abstract: Dementia

Dementia can be described as a set of symptoms which include declining memory and attention, impaired reasoning, personality changes, and communication difficulties. Whether it be a formal or informal caregiver, cognitive and communication difficulties can become increasingly stressful as the dementia progresses. Communication strategies between health care providers and persons with dementia (PwD) have been researched extensively as many have attempted to examine the effectiveness of each approach. According to Stans et al., 2013, certified nursing assistant (CNA) staff often lack the knowledge and skills needed to communicate effectively to those with cognitive impairments, and it becomes more challenging when people with dementia present problems with the sending and receiving aspect of communication (Ripich, 1994). Knowing proper practices in communication is necessary for caregivers to contribute to overall quality of life.

Presenter: Kali Whitlow

Title: Voice Therapy for Irreversible Vocal Pathologies  

Unilateral vocal fold paralysis is a neurologically based voice disorder that is considered irreversible if nerve regeneration does not occur. However, voice therapy is still beneficial to clients with this disorder in order to teach them how to use what is left of their voice without developing secondary side effects. In this presentation, I will highlight the key components of unilateral vocal fold paralysis, how to manage the disorder, and my client’s progress this semester.

Presenter:  Collin Brice

Title: Cluttering: Management in Self-Awareness

With the disfluencies that come with cluttering, another significant problem is self-monitoring rate of speech. Before adjusting to a different rate of speech, one must be aware of their own rate. While there are multiple approaches laid out to accomplish this, the clinician must continue to be client centered, and flexible to meet the client's specific deficits in order that the most effective therapy is given.

Presenter: Derek Yarbrough

Title: Graduate Student, B.S.

Conversational group therapy interventions are commonly used as a compliment to individual therapy sessions for persons with aphasia. Researchers Simmons-Mackie & Elman have demonstrated the efficacy of group therapy and the strategies that allow clinicians in facilitate group sessions. Research by Simmons-Mackie & Elman has given guidelines for effective conversational group management, such as including multiple communicating modalities, mediating communication, calibrating corrections, and aiding turn allocation. In this presentation, we underline the essential components of conversational group therapy, and our clients progress.

Presenter:  Kendall Precup and Christi Bierbaum

Title: Navigating Electronic Mail Websites: PREFERENCES OF PERSONS WITH APHASIA

Technology, what was once thought to be a youth dominated phenomenon, is now becoming accessible to those of all ages. However, people with aphasia may lose access to technology due to the deficits they face. Few studies have aimed to understand the perspectives and barriers that people with aphasia face when exploring different websites and various technologies. Our study is qualitative and employs participatory action research. This study compares the accessibility of 4 email websites and a variety of tasks, both in therapy and in their daily lives. This presentation goes in depth about our study, the data collection process, and the plan for the analysis of the data.

Presenter:  Valerie Fuller

Title: SLPs in the School Setting

The largest area of SLP employment opportunities exists within the education system. However, it is well-known that school districts throughout the state, and throughout the country, have a hard time finding and keeping SLPs. In this presentation, I will analyze the reasons why school-based SLPs are few and far between and shed light on the attrition rate within education. I will also attempt to provide solutions to the attrition rate, and offer projections about the future of speech-language therapy in education.

Presenter: Lindsay Little

Title: Alaryngeal speech

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, alaryngeal speech is within the scope of practice of the speech-language pathologist (SLP). It is an alternate form of communication needed post-laryngectomy. However, this subject involves many technical and medical aspects that require specialized knowledge and experience to produce successful results in each patient. For this reason, an annual laryngectomy conference is held in Houston, Texas, to educate SLP’s about the nature of head and neck cancer, which most commonly results in a laryngectomy, and about different alaryngeal options available to clients. This presentation examines what exactly the SLP’s role is in this process.

Presenter: Mary Wyatt

Title: Study Abroad in Guatemala

The Lamar Speech and Hearing Department offered a study abroad trip to Guatemala in March of 2017. A group of Lamar students, myself included, traveled to Guatemala. The purpose of this trip was to receive educational courses discussing the role of community-based rehabilitation, provide community-based audiological services, and establish connections with audiological and speech-language pathology professionals in Guatemala. Throughout our time spent in Guatemala, we were able to gain a new perspective regarding the importance that cultural awareness should be imperative in our future clinical services. Proper training and education of professionals in the speech and hearing field was advocated extensively throughout our trip. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the study abroad trip and clinical implications for future directions for establishing proper education and training to speech-language pathologists.

Presenter:  Brooke Freeman

Title: Treasured Memories (Memory box)

During my study abroad trip targeting dementia, I encountered an interesting service called "Memory Suitcases". With the help of my supervisor, Mrs. Saar, I recreated and developed my own memory box and titled the project "Treasured Memories". In this presentation, I will provide background information about what we learned about dementia and person-centered care. I will discuss the purpose of the memory box including why it is beneficial and who it is intended for. I will incorporate research studies that discuss the quality of life of people with dementia. Lastly, I will talk about what went into planning and present my box to the audience. 

Presenter: Natasha Harrison

Title: Animal Assisted Intervention: Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy is only one form of the many types of animal assisted interventions, the Greek word "hippos" means horse. Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational or speech and language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement. In this presentation, I will discuss a pilot study that examined 34 children for 12 weeks of intervention to study the effects of therapeutic horseback riding on social functioning in children with autism, in an hour long session. Followed by a post session questionnaire. The researchers hypothesized that children exposed to THR exercises would exhibit improvements in social functioning compared to participants who did not receive the treatment. The results of this study suggest that therapeutic horseback riding may be efficacious therapeutic option for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Presenter: Jordan Traylor & Ashlain Dunkin

Title: InterACT

Lamar University Speech-Language Pathology Clinic partnered with Beaumont Community Players (BCP) Theater to provide language enrichment opportunities for children within the community. This camp was an inclusive theatre camp. Lamar University graduate clinicians supported and promoted language and social interaction. Our colloquium presentation included clinician roles, goals, and lessons learned.

Presenter: Leeanna Martinez

Title: Project T.A.L.K

Hearing loss is one of the most common birth deficits in America. When a child is born deaf, the parent must choose what communication method they prefer for their child. In past years, parents elected for their child to communicate through sign language or speech lip reading. However, in recent years, technological advancements and research efforts have made spoken language a tangible communication option for children born with hearing impairment. Although sparse, centers like The Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston Texas (CHS), provide resources for hearing impaired children to gain listening, speaking and literacy skills just as their typical hearing peers do. In this presentation, I will review the main principles for learning listening and spoken language including early identification, early intervention and Auditory Verbal therapy. Also. will discuss the recent summer camp Project T.A.L.K., that was held at CHS for hearing impaired children who use spoken language.