Claire Keane, a third year Speech and Language Therapy student, has been awarded the annual Tavistock Trust for Aphasia student prize. The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student Prize is awarded to students in participating Universities for “an excellent piece of work relating to aphasia.”
Claire’s exceptional piece of work was a case study focussing on therapy and support for a man and his family after stroke and aphasia. She completed the assignment unaware that she would be considered for the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student prize. Dr Simon Horton, a specialist in aphasia at the University of East Anglia, described Claire's work as ‘outstanding’.
Claire, originally from Edinburgh and who joined the three-year Speech and Language Therapy degree course
after service in the Royal Air Force, was presented her prize by, Professor Jacqueline Collier, head of school, Allied Health Professions, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Claire said, “I feel very honoured to have received the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student prize; aphasia as a result of a stroke has such a devastating impact on people’s lives and the more awareness there is regarding the condition the more their lives can be improved and part of the Trust’s work is in raising that awareness.” Claire continued, “ I am really enjoying the course and have got a number of ideas for what I want to do in my career. I used to work with children with emotional and behavioural disorders and so I have always thought I would like to go back into that area, perhaps working with young offenders who are unable to take advantage of the courses and schemes offered to them because they have difficulties with communication. However, I have really enjoyed the adult acquired and voice disorders subject blocks, I think these would both be fascinating areas to be involved in.
The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia works to improve the quality of life for those with aphasia, their families and carers. The trust was founded in 1992 following a brain haemorrhage suffered by Robin Tavistock (the Duke of Bedford) whose life was saved by prompt and highly skilled surgery, but he was left with a severe problem – the inability to access language – known as aphasia.
The Trust funds pioneering research and projects that will improve services and therapies by acting as a catalyst in pulling together charities working in the same area; and in raising the profile of the condition amongst the public, students of speech and language therapy and the medical profession, so that people can understand aphasia better.
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Pictured (left) Professor Jacqueline Collier with (right) Claire Keane