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When I first started going to the adult CSUSM clinic, I had very modest expectations. After all, I had been taking speech therapy for almost 2 years after my stroke, so I thought I was an expert! Happily, I was wrong.
I had forgotten about the energy and enthusiasm that youth can bring. I had forgotten about the openness and willingness that being a student can bring. And I had forgotten about what kind of person goes into a field that requires so much patience, kindness, and empathy.
In other words, the adult clinic was not only a chance for improving my speech, but also to chance to meet one of the most dedicated and resourceful group of students I have ever met.
Doug has been attending the Clinic at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, College of Education, Health and Human Services at CSMSU for the last 6 semesters.
Doug is a highly motivated individual who suffered a stroke September 2009. Prior to the stroke, Doug owned and ran a successful landscape maintenance and construction company. From a very early age he has been someone to look up to for leadership skills. Two skills used in leadership are critical thinking and communication. These two skills were completely lost to Doug after the stroke.
With the help of speech therapy that he receives at CSUSM, Doug has regained a significant portion of those skills. With the use of the specialized tools introduced to Doug through therapy, he is better equipped to achieve his goal of independence.
The student therapist, without exception, have all treated Doug with kindness and an attention to detail. I have been asked several times, what I would like to see him achieve through therapy. The clinic takes the family of the student into consideration when creating a treatment plan, which can only come from the top.
Kristen Nahrstedt, MA, CCC-SLP the clinic director, instills in her student therapists the need for care and attention critical to creating a successful path for students with communication disabilities.
Kathleen Murray (Doug’s Wife)
I can't thank you enough for your guidance for John this past semester. You are a great communicator and a proactive, creative influence in John¹s progress toward improved speech. The Dracula powerpoint is certainly the icing on the cake! I can't wait to have him give his speech to our family.
Best wishes to you in your career, which I'm sure will be exceptional. I'm sorry I didn't meet you in person, but your influence on John's development soared without any help from me. You're a gem, and I hope our paths will cross someday soon.
We are so grateful for the clinic and you wonderful students. Thank you. Thank you!
Hallie (John’s Sister)