We are so proud of the 18 students who graduated today from the University of Zambia with their Master's in Speech, Language, and Communication Disorders! They will be able to see children in schools in Zambia and help them to communicate, eat, and function to their fullest potential. We are so excited to see what the future has in store for them!
Have you been to Zambia with CLASP? Are you an SLP?
WE NEED YOU! I have 7 more spots for SLP's to mentor our newly educated therapists from Zambia. No travel required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
Today our June team of 9 Speech Language Pathologists head off to Zambia for 2 weeks to supervise our 18 students. This is the second to last trip before the students are done and become therapists themselves!!! Safe travels June team!
Check out our new video! https://vimeo.com/124876793 I want to give a HUGE thank you to Joel Witwer for his incredible artistry when putting together this piece for us. Please if anyone needs a photographer and/or videographer check him out: http://www.joelwitwer.com/
Your New Year’s Resolution for the past few years have included ‘Travel more’ and ‘Volunteer’.
You’ve always wanted to travel abroad, to expand your horizons.
You’ve always wanted to give back in a lasting way, but never knew how. You have witnessed friends, family and colleagues travel on service trips and thought, “I’ll do that one day.”
But why put it off any longer? Make 2015 *your* year....
CLASP’s first cohort of speech therapists are set to graduate this October. SLPs, SLP-As, OTs, PTs - use your passion this summer to make a difference that will last for generations to come for children with disabilities. Our June trip is full, but we are still accepting applications for July. Don’t hesitate any longer! claspinternational.org/trip-dates
We move from a day of awareness, to a month dedicated to acceptance. Autism acceptance month is an autistic-led movement "about treating autistic people with respect, listening to what we have to say about ourselves, and making us welcome in the world."
Today is World Autism Awareness Day, and CLASP joins other organizations around the world in spreading patience and understanding for individuals with Autism.
At Chainama Special School in Lusaka, Zambia during a CLASP trip, one of the teachers brought us into her classroom and said, "this boy here, he is special, he is a gifted boy." She showed us how at the age of 6, he could do complicated math problems very quickly, but that he was disruptive in class and hated being touc...hed. He was textbook autistic, but the teacher had never heard of nor understood what autism was. As we shared with her simple tips she could use to help him, such as give him a schedule in the classroom, we also explained to her what Autism was. Let's kick off Autism Awareness month right and wear blue today to support Autism awareness so that everyone in the world can be more understanding and provide help for those that need it! #LightItUpBlue #AutismAwareness #LIUB
What keeps you passionate about your practice?
Watch this video that helps to simulate what it is like to have varying stages of hearing loss. #themoreyouknow
We met so many wonderful therapists and therapists-to-be at TSHA 2015! We left the convention inspired by your passion to give back, and could not be more excited for our summer trips!
Apply soon, our summer dates are filling up quick! http://claspinternational.org/trip-dates
Our very own Dr. Cindy Gill presenting on "Children Without: Attitudes, Roadblocks, and Bridges" asking SLPs at #TSHA how many of them could receive therapy services if they had a stroke and showing the reality that in 140 countries if someone lost their language there would be no one to help them.
So excited for TSHA 2015! Send your friends and colleagues to booth 634 to meet the CLASP team, learn about our mission, and hear amazing stories about some of the children and families we've met over the years. See you there!
Congratulations to our partner Special Hope Network for their grant award! They are an awesome organization that provides care for children with intellectual disabilities in Lusaka, and we are glad they are getting the recognition they deserve!