Summer Coffee Catch-Up
Today, I joined members of the communication groups for their summer coffee morning and catch up. I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer with the ‘Moving On’ communication group at City Lit to gain experience of the role of a speech and language therapist (see my previous blog ‘Moving On’ 29/04/16). There are three groups and their weekly classes are lead by a speech and language therapist with the activities designed to support people whose communication has been affected by aphasia.
It's not always easy for someone with aphasia to communicate with people they are meeting for the first time. I met a gentleman and he shared with me his communication book. It's a very simple booklet (a small, old-fashioned photograph album) into which he has included information including photographs of family members, images and pictures, contact details, hobbies and interests, a list of his medication, a world map of his travels and pictures of his favourite foods. This is an excellent tool to assist communication and the items give a real sense of someone’s personality.
When I asked another member what he had being doing during the summer, he showed me his diary where he had included tickets from events, notes and drawings, all used as a daily record. Visual aids such as the communication book and diary, along with pen and paper, gesture and mime are all great communication methods to support people with a range of speech, language and communication difficulties.
With just weeks until I begin the MSc Speech and Language Sciences I am very excited to meet the other students and start a new chapter.