Kathleen Cotter, 2020 Graduate Student- School of Speech, Language, Hearing, and Occupational Sciences (SLHOS)
Kathleen recently earned Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment and Related Disabilities’ Speech-Language Pathology Fellowship at Oregon Health & Science University. Read more about this prestigious fellowship awarded to Kathleen HERE.
Kathleen was also spotlighted as a UM IPE Champion.
Congratulations and we wish you all the best, Kathleen!
Aphasia Groups in Rural Communities: A Conversation with Cathy Off
UM Program Helps Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors
The Big Sky Aphasia Program took place at the University of Montana Curry Medical Center through July 3rd. The intensive summer program serves individuals, families, and caregivers of individuals with acquired neurogenic communication disorders stemming from stroke or traumatic brain injury.
Participants of the program include students, veterans, and community members from across the state of Montana and stroke or brain injury survivors from across the country. These individuals are recovering from aphasia, and acquired apraxia of speech. The program is operated out of UM’s DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.
June is also Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder typically caused by stroke that impacts an individual’s ability to speak, write, listen, and/or read. It does not impact intelligence.
Members of the media are invited to work with Dr. Catherine Off and Jenna Griffin, co-directors of the program. With permission, they can provide access to the caregivers and patients trying to improve their lives.