Communication Sciences and Disorders

Laryngectomy Support Group Helps Educate Students

Written By: Karen Guin | April 22, 2015

New Voice Club of Orlando meets and learns from Linda Stachowiak.

A laryngectomy support group named the New Voice Club of Orlando provides patients who have undergone laryngectomies with a chance to connect and share their experiences as cancer survivors. Club members meet once a month at Orlando Health’s UFHealth Cancer Center, where speech-language pathologist and UCF Adjunct Instructor Linda Stachowiak leads the meeting.

The club recently welcomed UCF communication sciences and disorders graduate students to observe a session to help educate them about the role of speech therapy in the lives of head and neck cancer survivors. The experience helped students see first-hand the impact of head and neck cancer and hear directly from patients who have undergone a laryngectomy.

Knightly News reporter Melissa Murray recently reported on the experience.

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