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Helena.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

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Helena's Story


Clinical placements help Helena put her learning into practice in a wide range of situations. See more of her UC journey below.

I recently finished a placement at a special needs school and before that I had a five week placement in Dunedin working in the Child Development Service.

I'm really happy at UC. The programme is highly established and well recognised, the people are lovely and our class is tight knit. The campus is really vibrant too, with lots going on. 

Give us the lowdown on speech therapy!

People often think of stuttering when they think of speech therapists, but it's much broader than that. We work with everyone from newborn babies, to teens with brain injuries, and elderly people with dementia. Our job is to think about the person as a whole and how we can help guide them on their journey.

Favourite part of your studies?

I really enjoy clinical practice where we go out in the field. I recently finished a placement at a special needs school and before that I had a five week placement in Dunedin working in the Child Development Service. It's nice to be able to put into practice what we're learning.

What do you enjoy most about being on placement?

The supervisors are amazing. They have a lot of knowledge to share. They give you thoughtful feedback which is helpful for figuring out how you can improve. Forming relationships with the clients is really special too. It's sad when you have to say goodbye!

How are your lecturers?

World-class. They're actively involved in internationally recognised research, from neuroscience to dysphasia. We also have guest lecturers from around the world. The teachers are of such a high standard at UC. It makes you want to do better because you don't want to disappoint!

Any other highlights to share?

I'm the UC student rep for the New Zealand Speech Therapy Association. I go to meetings with working professionals and I even got to attend the annual symposium in Dunedin. Part of my role is to bring guest speakers into UC to talk about their practice. I think it's important to build professional relationships while you're a student. The more events you go to, the more people recognise you.

Sounds like you're in a good place!

I'm really happy at UC. The programme is highly established and well recognised, the people are lovely and our class is tight knit. The campus is really vibrant too, with lots going on. You can always find an event happening somewhere! There's a real sense of community at UC.