Savannah interned as a Speech and Language Student Clinician for BY Comprehensive Clinic during Winter 2023 Semester.
Briefly explain what you did and the result of your internship.
I provided speech and language therapy to children and adults at the BYU Speech and Language Clinic within the BYU Comprehensive Clinic. I worked with kids with speech sound disorders, kids who recently received autism diagnoses, kids with feeding disorders, adults with voice disorders, and adults suffering from the effects of traumatic brain injuries.
What did you learn on your internship that you were not expecting to learn?
I learned that when people are dealing with hard challenges (whether that be difficulties saying the right sounds to communicate or trying to return to a job after a brain injury) they often have real big emotions that aren't far below the surface and we end up doing a lot of counseling with these clients to help them adjust to their new lives with communication disorders. This was not something I anticipated doing much of, but it has been very prevalent with my clients all across the lifespan. It has been very gratifying to see the difference it makes in their mood and their outlook on life when I take time to deeply listen and be empathetic to the struggles they are facing.
How have your future plans changed because of what you learned from your internship experience?
I have learned that I enjoy working with kids a lot more than I thought I did. This has opened up the possibility of a lot of different future jobs for me because I know think I might be happy in settings other than the traditional hospital setting I thought I could see myself in.
Please share how your experience led to personal inspiration or insightful revelation.
I learned that Heavenly Father is super mindful of my clients and the struggles they are dealing with. When I seek out revelation regarding how I can help them, I have insights that guide my therapy sessions and that allow me to better counsel them and better direct activities that will help them reach their goals.
Would you recommend this internship to other students?
I absolutely would recommend working in the BYU Speech and Language Clinic! There are a wide variety of clients to work with, so you get to discover where your passions lie in the field, the clinical educators are super knowledgeable and wonderful to work with, and you will leave feeling prepared to move on to internships in the community!
Is there anything else you would like to say regarding your internship?
It was very challenging, but so wonderful and so worth all of the hours I put into it!