Engaging People with Communication Impairment in the Engaged Curriculum

We find out more about this project within Human Communication Sciences, lead by Dr Judy Clegg, Dr Catherine Tattersall and Kim Turner.

This project is creating a unique student led online learning resource to enable speech and language therapy students to develop the attitudes and values needed in the healthcare workforce, highlighted as key priorities for the NHS in the wake of the Francis Inquiry (examining the failings in care at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust between 2005-2009).

A core group of speech and language therapy students have come together and using the research literature have agreed on working definitions of attitudes, values, beliefs, professionalism, skills and knowledge which is now going forward to the next phase of the project. Here, the students will interview children and adults with communication impairments about their experiences of the speech and language therapy profession and their own perspectives of the attitudes and values speech and language therapists need to have. The interviews will be videoed and then edited using expertise from two of our postgraduate students. The students are currently preparing for the interviews and learning how to interview children and adults who find it difficult to communicate. The students reflect on and share their experiences;

‘I took part in this project because I wanted the challenge of interviewing children with speech and language difficulties – and it defiantly has been a challenge! It was quite a task to come up with questions that would be appropriate for the child and at the same time convey the purpose of the project.’ Student A

‘When thinking of how many questions we were going to ask we had to make sure it was not going to be too demanding on the clients. We also had to take family and carers into account so we decided on a focus group instead of filming them independently. The study has made us think about things a lot of deeper than we would have normally and has shown me the importance of, what I would have initially considered minor details.’ Student M

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