Brown, Beverly J. , Seshadri, Sandhya , Durant-Jones, Lisa , Callari, Stephanie , Hyland, Megan , Zumbo, Jessica .
Using the healing power of plants to forge interdisciplinary connections.
Our campus is reevaluating our general education requirements and looking for ways to increase interdisciplinary connections. We formed a partnership between our greenhouse program and our Aphasia Clinic to provide horticultural therapy to six clients. Carefully constructed activities working with plants and plant-related information were designed to further therapeutic goals. Clients gained confidence with vocabulary, word acquisition, task sequencing, and social conversation. Clients also indicated an increased interest in gardening on their own and pride in their new skills. Student clinicians were able to participate in research on client progress in achieving specific speech language goals in the context of horticultural therapy activities. Collegial interaction was strengthened and will serve as a basis for future therapeutic collaborations.
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1 - Nazareth College of Rochester, Biology Department, 4245 east Avenue, Rochester, New York, 14618, USA
2 - Nazareth College of Rochester, Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14618, USA
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for BSA Sections
Location: Superior A/Cliff Lodge - Level C
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 8:30 AM