Practicum Student Questions


This is Danyl Beilhartz and Holly Rutherford.

We are second year speech-language pathology students at UBC.

We are now two weeks into our student externship with the Aphasia Mentoring Program and are really excited to learn as much as we can from the members about aphasia and living with aphasia.

We have a few initial questions we would like ask:

  •  What advice would you give to healthcare professionals for when they explain aphasia to someone for the first time?
  • What was the most helpful thing your speech-language pathologist did?
  • What would you like people without aphasia to know about living with aphasia?
  • During your assessments were you ever asked about your own participation or how you felt about your communication?
  • Do you have a favourite app that helps with communication?
    • What is it?
    • Why do you like this app?

Camp Aphasia, a.k.a. Camp AWESOME!

It’s been one month since I volunteered at Sea to Sky Aphasia Camp, and it’s still so fresh in my mind. What an incredible experience!!! In one weekend, I met a ton of really wonderful and inspiring people, including: campers living with aphasia and their family members, therapists from a variety of disciplines, the always energetic Howe Sound Rehabilitation Support Services team, and other students like me who are eager to make a difference in people’s lives. I think I succeeded in that over the course of the weekend, although I recognize one weekend is just a small snapshot in a person’s life. Moreover, the camp really made a difference in MY life. I felt very honoured to hear the stories of those who offered to share them, to learn more about the recovery journey and how I can assist (not just as a future occupational therapist, but also as a community member), and most importantly, to just hang out as people! Some highlights: adapted archery, tossing around a beach ball in the pool, and enjoying the sun and silence with my ‘Buddy’ with aphasia (each student is paired with a camper). The biggest takeaway from my camp experience (and I’m a little embarrassed to admit this) is my surprise at how easy it was to communicate with the people I met who were living with aphasia in all it’s different presentations. There’s no way that can be taught in the classroom. THANK YOU CAMP APHASIA!!!

Practicing Aphasia Assessments

Hello everyone!
This is Sarah – I’m one of the speech-language pathology students. I just finished our first course about aphasia. One of the things we did this year was learn how to give a language test – thank you for helping us practice and learn how to do it better!  I just wanted to say an extra big thank you to Skip for helping me. You saw that because of my disability, everything takes longer and I need to think more about things like: where to sit, how to arrange things, how to use a timer easily, and how to write things down. I had to try most things more than once, and you were so patient. I was nervous, but you made me feel a lot better. (And you were a good page-turner!) Thank you so much, Skip! It was a good learning experience because of you!

I want to ask other students or mentors, what was practicing or helping to practice like for you?


Aphasia Mentor asks a question

One Mentor asked a student this question:


Q: “Did reading Gordon’s response (see previous post) to Gillian’s questions help me to understand his perspective/journey more clearly?”


The student answered:


A: “After speaking to Gordon, and reading his response to Gillian’s question’s, it allowed me to:

  • Ask my own questions
  • Build on my knowledge and understanding of aphasia.

While I have experience interacting and learning from persons with Aphasia, I am always eager to learn more about:

  • Each person’s journey
  • The ways an SLP, their family, or friends have helped them in their recovery

It reinforces the need for:

  • Direct and consistent contact
  • Patience in communication
  • Enjoying and being comfortable with silence
  • Creating fun, positive learning environments”

How did a speech-language pathologist help you?

My name is Gillian Grevstad.  I am in my second year at UBC studying speech-language pathology.

I really enjoyed the opportunities I had last year to learn from you members.

I liked helping read aloud in book club.

I also liked listening to panel discussions.


I have a question: How did your speech-language pathologist help you after your stroke? 

What was helpful? 

What was NOT helpful? 

What activities or strategies worked best? 

What do you do now to get better?


I’d love to hear your thoughts!