On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, I departed for Zambia, Africa, where I will work in an orphanage for 10 weeks. I have been to Zambia twice before with the six-week-long Harding University in Zambia speech-language pathology program (HIZ-Path). Through this program, students complete a multicultural study course and gain clinical practicum hours in pediatric speech, language, and dysphagia while working with children ages 0-5 in the three houses of the orphanage. This summer, I will work more closely with the caregivers at the orphanage and stay longer to continue teaching therapy strategies so the work of the HIZ-Path group can become more sustainable. My long-term goal is to begin a training program for speech-language pathologists in Zambia because there are currently no practicing SLPs or SLP training programs, but there is a great need for speech-language professionals. Please follow my trip blog for updates during my trip. I would love to hear your comments, and will be happy to answer any questions.
(The photo above was taken by Elizabeth Anderson, who also attended the HIZ-Path program last year and graduated in May 2012 with a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology.)
Ashley Dowler, M.S., is a recent graduate of the Harding University Master of Speech-Language Pathology program in Searcy, Arkansas, where she graduated with honors and received the Outstanding Graduate Clinician award for the 2010-2011 school year. She has attended the HIZ-Path program twice and completed a research project on the phonetic inventory of Zambian toddlers during the summer of 2011.