For our inaugeral column, we have selected Lori Yauch, a Speech Language Pathologist of over 20 years, practicing as an independent Consultant/Clinician in the Tampa Bay Area. Lori has a unique product that she would like to share with her colleagues, but in order to do that, she must first answer the 10 ‘no ifs ands or buts’. We hope you enjoy her responses as much as we did.
1. Cookie of choice for bedside swallow exams:
2. Preference for language testing BDAE or WAB:
3. +/- or PICA for scoring:
Modified PICA (10 down to 1, but I forget what 2 is. I think it’s the same as 6, so why use it? You get more credit with 6, or maybe you just get egg roll. I can’t remember)
4. Muppets or dwarves for entertainment purposes only:
4a. Favorite individual muppet or dwarf:
5. Worst treatment moment of your career:
Any moment during my first job. I was a new grad and had to move away from home, living truly on my own for the first time. I lived in one state and crossed the border daily to work. My CFY Supervisor was selfish, unsupportive and certainly, ineffective as a teacher. I think it was her mission to find fault in every move I made, both in the clinical arena and in the building environment. I used a scooter to assist in my mobility and was written up for, among other things, the way in which I moved about the facility. By the end of 6 months I resigned. I heard later, she fell and was in a wheelchair for a time. You know what they say about paybacks! I moved on to greater and greener pastures. Years later I am a respected clinician, having supervised many students and CF’s and am here offering insights into our field Things really do have a way of working out.
6. Best advice you ever ignored:
I don’t typically ignore advice. However, there was a time when I was looking for bigger and better things. A friend suggested I come to her company, I considered it carefully and just as I was about to make the decision to move on, the company called and rescinded the offer. As it turned out, better offers came and when the time was right, I moved on.
7. Favorite, most reliable, and practical treatment strategy:
8. Why SLP and not world domination?
SLP is world domination. One patient at a time.
9. Would you do it all over again exactly the same way?
Yes. If I hadn’t, I would not be where I am today. I learned from every experience. What I want and what I don’t. I have a good career balanced with a good life.
10. What one thing do you still want to do before your career goals are completely achieved?
Publish my manuscript. Movies and Music: A Clinician’s Guide to the Classic Movie Musical and Group Activity (which segues very nicely into the next question)
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION IN 30 WORDS (there actually is no word limit really so say whatever you want):
As clinicians in long-term care or adult rehab settings, we have all been faced with the necessity of providing group activities to our residents/patients. In an effort to come up with a new and innovative group idea, I decided to bring my passion for classic movie musicals and my job together. In conjunction with the Activity Dept. at the skilled nursing facility in Florida, where I was one of 3 speech pathologists, Movies and Music was established. In running this group I began to realize with the right material and right level of function, watching a movie which was once a sedentary activity, could be quite interactive. The interaction fostered increased communication, use of language, pragmatic skills, conversation and long term memory.
With this in mind, together with further observation that no group like this existed in any of the facilities I visited as a consultant, Movies and Music: A Clinician’s Guide to the Classic Movie Musical and Group Activity was born.
The guide is divided into 12 sections according to the calendar year and centers on a specific movie for a given holiday in the month (New Year’s Day, President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc). The films were chosen specifically for their ability to promote interaction.
The group size is generally 4 -10 patients with mild – moderate cognitive impairment. Diagnoses may include: Right/Left Hemisphere CVA, TBI, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease or any other diagnosis at the Group Leader’s discretion.
Field testing completed during 2008-2009, yielded positive results with clinicians stating:
“ I highly recommend Movies and Music to any clinician working with individuals with mild to severe communication deficits….I look forward to being able to include this in my future plan of care at my facility.” Jane Fitzgerald House, M.S., CCC-SLP
“Assessment of the group dynamics indicated increased motivation, interest and curiosity which resulted in increased expressive language skills. … Group participants stated it was fun and interesting.” Lisa Mathers, M.S., CCC-SLP
Movies and Music: A Clinician’s Guide to the Classic Movie Musical and Group Activity is available for purchase. Please contact Lori Yauch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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