Young Patient Recovery Post-Stroke

Original Post: February 26, 2021

Hello everyone! We hope you had a great reading break!

It’s another FUNetic Friday and this week’s theme is Young Patient Recovery Post-Stroke.

A teenager, Sarah Scott, shared an original video 11 years ago of her stroke and Broca’s Aphasia. Now, 11 years later, she posted a new video displaying how her fluency has improved so much. It highlights how years of practice and the help of an SLP can result in such success. It also brings awareness to the community that not only elderly people can experience a stroke.

Be sure to check it out!

Reading Week Movie Recommendation

Original Post: February 19, 2021

If you haven’t already seen the movie Arrival, you should do so during reading week!

Arrival follows a linguist trying to communicate with alien creatures and learn their language to solve a world crisis. While not directly about SLP or Audiology, thinking about how we overcome communication barriers is essential for future speechies and audies. Enjoy!

2021 Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference

Original Post: February 12, 2021

For this FUNetic Friday, we would like to direct your attention to the LSURC (Language Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference). This is a great place to network, and learn about research in Speech or Linguistics in general! You probably got an email about this, but did you know that some SFU students and professors will be presenting as well?

From the SFU Department of Linguistics is Dr. Maite Taboada presenting The Language of Harmful Online Content.

Undergraduate students who are presenting live include:

  • Ali Vickers – Vowel Fronting in Vancouver English: A Cross-Generational Study
  • Allyson Ugalde, Kira Bondi, Larissa Melville – Reading Between the Rules: The Acquisition of Opaque Phonological Interactions
  • Trevor Bonneteau – First Language Effect on Learning an L2 in the name of Language Revitalization

Undergraduate students participating in the poster session:

  • Tabatha Mason – The Incorporation of English Noun Loanwords into Japanese Syntax
  • Breanne Esau – Are New Slang Terms Transcending Typical Lexical Distribution? An Analysis on the Syntactic Categorization of Yeet
  • Blair Chartrand, Annika Fong – Linguists as Mediators: how do we reconcile inequality of Canada’s Indigenous Languages in academia?

The LSURC opens Friday the 12th from 4:00pm – 10:00pm and continues on Saturday the 13th from 9:00am – 4:00pm. There will be Plenary Speaker sessions, undergraduate presentations and poster sessions, and more!

We hope to see you all there!

Meet Amanda Gorman

Original Post: February 5, 2021

February is Black History Month! We would like to bring to your attention some recent history (2017). Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and a graduate of Harvard University.

Amanda recently wrote and delivered her poem titled “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration for Joe Biden. It is absolutely refreshing, check it out!

On the speech side of things, she was known to have a speech impediment and has worked on this herself to nearly clear it. This can be seen when contrasting the following two videos.

US SLP Programs

Original Post: January 29, 2021

If you have an Instagram account you can search the usernames below. The student of the account will be doing a live video about their experience within that specific program. If you’re interested in viewing one and don’t have Instagram, let us know and we can work something out 🙂

As always, if you have something you would like to share on FUNetic Fridays, please let us know!

SLPs in the Field of Cancer

Original Post: November 27, 2021

Warning: Sensitive content

Hello everyone! It’s another FUNetic Friday!

There are individuals who have had head and neck cancer with facial loss.

In the SLP field, we may decide to work with people who have facial loss and damage, as this impacts swallowing, speech, and many other qualities of life. A voice language pathologist may help recover and strengthen the voice of the patient.

In this quick 5 minute video, we get to see the awesome technology used to help in this patient’s journey of recovering to an improved sound of speech. What we don’t see, but is a possibility, is to have further support from an SLP.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC): Communication Health Assistants

Original Post: November 20, 2020

It’s another FUNetic Friday! And with that, we wanted to provide links to the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada official website. If you are new to the club or maybe to the whole idea of what Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists do, this is a great website to check out!

There is also another field that is just as important and that needs more recognition and this is Communication Health Assistants. Communication health assistants include speech-language pathology and audiology assistants. For more information on what they do, and their important roles in the teams they work with, Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) has some helpful resources. These are other career paths for prospective ‘speechies’ and ‘audies’ to consider and explore.

Speech Pathology in Feeding and Swallowing

Original post: November 6th, 2020

It’s another FUNetic Friday! This week we see that Speech Language Pathology is a diverse career path that includes opportunities in a medical setting. The speech-language pathologist in this video shares an inside perspective of working with children and their families, guiding and supporting them through the challenges of feeding disorders.

Remember, if you would like to share something interesting you found, let us know and we will share it. Have a great weekend everyone!