2021 Admitted Students Day - Communication Sciences & Disorders
Carly Johnson, a junior communication sciences and disorders major, discusses the CSD program and opportunities undergraduate students within the program have to be involved. Johnson talks about the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), opportunities with research labs in the Barkley Memorial Center, as well as exposure to services provided in the Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic.
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[00:00:08.508]Hi, my name is Carly Johnson.
[00:00:10.877]I'm from here in Lincoln, Nebraska.
[00:00:13.146]And I'm a junior
[00:00:14.047]communication sciences and disorders major here at UNL.
[00:00:17.817]And I chose to pursue this major
[00:00:20.120]because of the wide variety of opportunities that you have to
[00:00:23.990]specialize in this field.
[00:00:25.625]And I also chose this because I love to help people.
[00:00:29.362]So, a lot of the time people that major in
[00:00:31.731]communication sciences and disorders
[00:00:33.633]either choose to go on to pursue
[00:00:35.168]a master's degree in speech-language pathology
[00:00:38.138]or autdiology as well.
[00:00:39.773]So, you could work in like a school setting,
[00:00:41.474]which is what I plan on doing
[00:00:43.410]after I graduate.
[00:00:44.644]Or you could work in like the hospital.
[00:00:47.013]You could work in like a clinical setting like here at Barkley
[00:00:50.550]or just like another clinic around town.
[00:00:53.386]You could also go
[00:00:54.821]after you get your master's degree and pursue a Ph.D.
[00:00:58.425]and do research
[00:00:59.459]and get your doctorate degree -
[00:01:01.227]degree - and
[00:01:02.562]teach if you would like as well.
[00:01:04.564]So, I've always wanted to come to UNL
[00:01:07.333]ever since I was a little kid.
[00:01:08.501]I had like the Husker cheer uniform and everything.
[00:01:11.471]So, I always knew that i wanted to come here.
[00:01:13.773]And I kind of found out about the major
[00:01:16.276]I was looking on
[00:01:18.044]like, admitted students and what they decided to major in
[00:01:20.680]and I found speech-language pathology,
[00:01:22.682]and I was like, 'Hmm, I kind of know what that is,
[00:01:25.251]but I want to do some more research on it.'
[00:01:27.387]So, I stumbled upon the
[00:01:29.055]Special Education and Communication Sciences and Disorders
[00:01:33.393]and found out all about all of the awesome
[00:01:36.129]programs that we have here, and, like, the
[00:01:38.598]specialty areas, as well as the faculty and staff,
[00:01:41.668]and the amount of
[00:01:44.137]what do I want to say, like,
[00:01:45.271]classes that we have that
[00:01:47.373]teach you about all of the different aspects
[00:01:49.109]about the field,
[00:01:49.843]which I found super interesting,
[00:01:51.478]because you can learn about
[00:01:53.246]speech-language pathology classes,
[00:01:54.647]but you also get to learn, like, the
[00:01:55.982]audiology side as well.
[00:01:57.784]So, there are a lot of opportunities
[00:01:59.919]for undergraduates to get involved here on campus.
[00:02:02.889]One of the main
[00:02:03.990]organizations that a lot of
[00:02:05.492]the audiology and speech-language pathology majors
[00:02:08.094]are involved in
[00:02:09.162]is the National Student
[00:02:10.630]Speech Language and Hearing Association,
[00:02:12.565]also called NSSLHA.
[00:02:14.334]This is a
[00:02:17.670]where we meet monthly and have speakers
[00:02:19.939]come in to talk,
[00:02:20.840]whether they're audiologists or speech-language pathologists,
[00:02:24.043]and talk about
[00:02:25.044]their experiences in the field,
[00:02:27.080]as well as
[00:02:30.350]and different specialty areas
[00:02:32.018]that they have pursued.
[00:02:33.586]And we also
[00:02:34.821]volunteer within the community,
[00:02:38.024]with the Rite Care Valentine's party.
[00:02:40.593]We also volunteer
[00:02:41.995]at the Aphasia Walk that's held in the summer,
[00:02:44.297]and we also do
[00:02:49.235]organizations in the community such as
[00:02:51.171]the Autism Family Network
[00:02:52.906]or the Down Syndrome Association,
[00:02:55.408]and we just try to be involved in the
[00:02:57.277]community as much as we can.
[00:02:59.546]So, one awesome part about UNL's
[00:03:02.248]program here is
[00:03:04.117]that you have a wide
[00:03:05.518]variety of opportunity to
[00:03:07.754]volunteer and watch in the clinic.
[00:03:10.390]In your Intro to Communication Sciences and Disorders class,
[00:03:14.227]you have to
[00:03:15.261]meet some minimum requirements
[00:03:17.630]for observation hours
[00:03:19.165]where you're actually
[00:03:20.466]on the other side of the glass, so you're not
[00:03:22.302]inside the clinic for the class,
[00:03:24.504]but you get to watch a graduate student provide
[00:03:27.273]therapy to one of their clients,
[00:03:28.808]which is an awesome way to see
[00:03:31.144]what speech-language pathologists do
[00:03:33.446]and what you might be doing in your
[00:03:37.317]Another way that
[00:03:38.685]I had the opportunity
[00:03:40.286]to volunteer as a communication partner
[00:03:43.122]in the summer of my freshman year,
[00:03:45.558]where I was actually able to be in the clinic
[00:03:47.927]with the graduate student, and assist with therapy
[00:03:50.463]and it was amazing
[00:03:52.398]and it definitely
[00:03:54.033]made me want to keep pursuing
[00:03:55.568]a degree in speech-language pathology
[00:03:57.337]because I got to feel the satisfaction of
[00:04:01.674]progressing through therapy.
[00:04:03.943]I would probably say
[00:04:05.278]my communication partner,
[00:04:06.613]my role as a communication partner,
[00:04:08.982]was super rewarding.
[00:04:12.418]when my client
[00:04:13.453]was using sign language
[00:04:15.088]and we were trying to get him to communicate,
[00:04:17.824]kept using the sign, 'more'
[00:04:19.525]'more' to see if he would reply,
[00:04:21.327]and I remember he
[00:04:22.395]looked at me
[00:04:23.329]in the eyes and gave me eye --
[00:04:25.598]which he hadn't really been doing
[00:04:27.333]for a couple weeks in therapy,
[00:04:29.335]and he, like,
[00:04:29.936]showed the sign 'more' and it was just
[00:04:32.272]It was so cool to see
[00:04:34.007]like what I was doing
[00:04:35.174]was actually working, and that
[00:04:36.843]he was progressing in
[00:04:38.044]a way that we wanted him to.
[00:04:40.813]So, welcome to The Stuttering Lab.
[00:04:43.249]I am an
[00:04:44.083]undergraduate research assistant here
[00:04:46.185]with Dr. Naomi Rodgers.
[00:04:48.688]We have a couple projects that we're working on.
[00:04:51.591]One that I've been working on
[00:04:52.825]since last summer is
[00:04:56.029]that is talking about
[00:04:57.597]the mental health effects
[00:04:58.998]of stuttering on adolescents.
[00:05:01.467]So, that's been a super cool project
[00:05:03.436]to be a part of because
[00:05:04.637]I've never been involved with research before,
[00:05:07.106]but it has
[00:05:07.774]really opened my eyes to
[00:05:09.676]maybe wanting to pursue
[00:05:11.244]a Ph.D. and
[00:05:12.879]focus more on research,
[00:05:14.447]especially with stuttering,
[00:05:16.115]and maybe a specialty area
[00:05:17.984]in providing therapy to
[00:05:20.586]individuals who stutter, as well.
[00:05:22.989]So, I heard from a lot
[00:05:24.857]of the older people in my cohort,
[00:05:27.894]so, like, juniors and seniors,
[00:05:30.063]I heard that research would be something that's
[00:05:32.298]really awesome to get involved with,
[00:05:34.334]especially for your résumé for graduate school.
[00:05:37.737]It looks really good on there.
[00:05:40.039]And speech-language pathology,
[00:05:41.240]as well as audiology, is
[00:05:42.909]like a research-based field,
[00:05:44.711]so it's awesome to get involved with it
[00:05:46.446]because a lot of what we do is
[00:05:49.615]so it's awesome to be able to help
[00:05:51.551]put the research and evidence behind that.
[00:05:54.387]So, in addition to The Stuttering Lab,
[00:05:56.756]we have lots of other research lab --
[00:05:59.592]that focus on a variety of different aspects
[00:06:03.062]are within the realms of audiology,
[00:06:04.964]as well as speech-language pathology,
[00:06:07.834]a lab that focuses on swallowing,
[00:06:10.870]a lab that focuses on hearing and balance,
[00:06:14.640]a lab that focuses on cochlear implants,
[00:06:18.344]augmentative and alternative communication,
[00:06:21.247]and we also have labs that focus on
[00:06:23.783]neuroscience and neuroimaging,
[00:06:26.085]as well as auditory perception.
[00:06:28.354]Welcome to the Resource Room
[00:06:30.490]library is essentially what we call it.
[00:06:33.159]It houses a lot of books,
[00:06:35.561]as well as games and toys
[00:06:37.630]that graduate clinicians
[00:06:39.132]use in their therapy sessions.
[00:06:41.701]And I work in the Resource Room and what
[00:06:43.936]we do in there is
[00:06:45.304]we essentially get the items ready for each graduate clinician
[00:06:48.975]for them to use in their therapy sessions,
[00:06:51.511]as well as assisting faculty and staff
[00:06:54.080]with projects that they may have for us as well.
[00:06:56.682]As an undergraduate, we
[00:06:58.484]sometimes use the Resource Room
[00:07:00.853]for one class that you would take
[00:07:03.589]probably about your junior year in the program,
[00:07:06.592]where you have to analyze a storybook.
[00:07:09.595]So, a lot of people come into the Resource Room library
[00:07:12.565]and get a storybook to use for their projects.
[00:07:16.235]And this is also a great way to learn
[00:07:19.105]how clinic runs,
[00:07:20.673]because I've worked here since
[00:07:22.842]the summer before my sophomore year,
[00:07:24.677]and I have learned so much about
[00:07:27.346]just how our clinic runs
[00:07:28.714]and have had so much advice from graduate students,
[00:07:32.185]so it's been a really awesome experience
[00:07:34.053]for me to learn
[00:07:35.121]a lot about the program,
[00:07:36.355]as well as
[00:07:39.091]Advice I would have is
[00:07:40.460]definitely get involved. It helps
[00:07:42.662]so much to
[00:07:44.197]learn the names of your faculty
[00:07:45.798]and have a relationship with them.
[00:07:47.667]I'm really good friends with
[00:07:50.236]Alicia Davis, for NSSLHA.
[00:07:52.538]And it has been
[00:07:53.406]so rewarding and awesome to have her
[00:07:55.975]as a mentor in my life to
[00:07:57.877]provide feedback on
[00:08:00.146]just graduate schools,
[00:08:01.547]and grades and classes,
[00:08:03.082]and just help in general.
[00:08:05.117]So, that's been really awesome.
[00:08:06.252]So, definitely network with your classmates,
[00:08:08.621]as well as faculty.
[00:08:10.156]Thank you for your interest
[00:08:11.524]today. I hope
[00:08:12.525]that all of the information
[00:08:14.060]I provided you was helpful.
[00:08:16.395]Feel free to contact us
[00:08:18.164]with our information
[00:08:19.332]provided on the slide.
[00:08:21.133]And I look forward to seeing you
[00:08:22.502]in Barkley in the fall.
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