UNK Today | August 2014 - page 46

at the
Dawson County Fairgrounds
1 Mile North of I-80 Exit 237, Lexington
Aug. 29
– 31
, 2014
Lexington Area
Friday, Aug. 29
6-8:30 p.m
Saturday, Aug. 30
9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, Aug. 31
Antique Car Show
9 am to 4 pm
sponsored by Platte Valley Auto Mart
Admission: $3/person
or both Fri. & Sat. for $5
Kids 10 & Under: FREE
Crafts, Antiques & Flea Market
Car Show
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Car Show
Sunday, Aug. 31
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Open to
Lunch, Dinner &
All Your Entertainment Needs!
18 East 21
pizza • pizza • pizza
& Antiques
Open Every Saturday
Or By Appointment
Karl D. & Beulah Tiede
417 Highway 30, Overton, NE
Hands-on Learning
UNK speech pathology students help patients in person, through teletherapy
After Hours
Hub Intern
KEARNEY — Speech pathology
students at the University of Nebras-
ka at Kearney are part of a hands-on
learning experience.
“We are both training the students
and providing the services to the
community,” Laura Moody, RiteCare
Clinic supervisor, said.
Undergraduates’ involvement includes
observing therapy sessions as part of their
coursework. Upon entering the graduate
program, students’ involvement grows.
“Being a part of a smaller program
has allowed me several opportunities
to delve deeper into the field through
hands-on research experience,” Betsy
Lewis, a graduate student from Grand
Island, said. “My professors are
always willing to spend time outside
of class to help students.”
Graduate students have four semes-
ters of on-campus clinical practicum.
Two internships follow. One of the
internships is in a school setting, and
the other is a medical-based place-
ment, which can include private prac-
tice, nursing homes or hospitals.
“They have exposure to several
different opportunities with younger
and older clients,” Moody said. Stu-
dents also are exposed to a variety of
communication disorders associated
with conditions ranging from autism
to traumatic brain injury.
While the Speech-Language and
Hearing Clinic treats clients only in
person, RiteCare Telepractice takes to
Lewis also has experience with tele-
therapy. “It is definitely different from
conducting a face-to-face therapy
session,” she said.
For Lewis, the benefits outweigh
the differences because clients are
often unable to leave the home or are
in a rural area where there are limited
speech-therapy options.
“Telehealth is allowing us to reach
more clients that we wouldn’t be able
to otherwise. It is vastly expanding the
scope of speech pathology,” she said.
Moody also recognizes the differ-
ence, but does not think there is a loss
in effectiveness.
“As far as therapy goes, the mate-
rials have to be electronic. So that
changes,” she said. “You have to be
creative sometimes, but we can find
a lot of electronic materials or create
electronic materials that are equally
effective as our face-to-face.”
Laptop capabilities can turn any of
the 19 rooms available for face-to-face
therapy into the setting for a teletherapy
session. On the clients’ end of the ser-
vice, families use a computer or tablet
with a camera to participate in speech
therapy. Therapy happens over a secure,
encrypted Internet connection.
“It is video conferencing, so they see
one another and hear one another in real
time,” Moody said. “Research has shown
that services provided via telepractice
and face to face are equally effective.”
Both clinics are housed in the west
wing of the College of Education
building. The RiteCare Telepractice
Clinic opened at UNK in September
2012, and the Scottish Rite Founda-
tion funds it. Telepractice services
are free of charge to the families, and
there is a nominal fee associated with
face-to-face services within the clinic.
The Masons fund 178 RiteCare
clinics across the country. There also
are RiteCare clinics in Omaha, Lincoln
and Hastings. However, telepractice is
unique to UNK.
Lewis is due to start her internships
in the fall. Her hands-on experiences
will give her flexibility for the future.
“Although I’m leaning towards
working with a younger population,
likely in a school setting, I have not
ruled out other avenues,” she said.
Courtesy, UNK Communications
RiteCare Clinic program, UNK graduate student Bet-
sy Lewis works with a child via teletherapy. UNK uses teletherapy to reach
children and adults across rural Nebraska who require speech and language
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