Effective Communication Skills After a Stroke


A presentation from Auburn Speech Specialists

Contributed by OLLI

Dr. Kathleen Lea, Auburn University assistant clinical professor and audiologist, and Laura Willis, Auburn University clinical professor, will present “Effective Communication Skills After a Stroke” at an OLLI at Auburn  Brown Bag event on Wednesday, June 23. This presentation will be streamed live on OLLI at Auburn’s Facebook page at 12:00 p.m. (CST).

Speech and language therapy seeks to teach individuals ways to develop alternative communication strategies following a stroke.

Lea works with graduate student clinicians in the Auburn University Speech and Hearing Clinic. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Auburn University and a doctorate from the PCO School of Audiology.

Her specific areas of interest are pediatric diagnostics, exceptional populations, electrophysiological testing and amplification. Lea worked at five physician ENT practices in Nashville, Tennessee, and a multi-specialty physician’s group in Newnan, Georgia, prior to returning to Auburn.  

Willis’ areas of interest include adult neurogenics and literacy. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn University, she was a speech pathologist at the Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, Georgia. She has authored numerous local, regional and national presentations; co-authored three editions of the textbook, Professional Communication in Speech-Language Pathology; and has been published in national journals.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) hosts its live Brown Bag Lunch & Lecture Series from  noon to 1:00 p.m. on OLLI at Auburn’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OLLIatAuburn. The free program is open to the public. 

OLLI at Auburn is a program of the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach. OLLI administrative offices and select classes are located at the historic Sunny Slope property, 1031 S. College St. Auburn. For more information or to learn about becoming a volunteer faculty member, volunteer service assistant or sponsor, contact Shawnee McKee, OLLI administrative support, at 334-844-3146, olli@auburn.edu, or visit our website at www.olliatauburn.org.


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