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SLP graduate students receive training from physical therapy students

USF SLP and PT students collaborate

Third-year physical therapy students give a demonstration using a wheelchair.

On Nov. 29, third-year physical therapy (PT) students and Rebecca Ditwiler, DPT, PT, OCS , associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, provided advanced practicum speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate students training on fall prevention, safe handling and transfers, and general education on interprofessional practice between PT and SLP.

The students greatly enjoyed and benefited from the hands-on practice using gait belts and wheelchairs, discussion of PT terminology for both adult and pediatric populations, and how speech-language pathologists can work collaboratively with physical therapists in a variety of settings. The SLP group looks forward to reciprocating the educational opportunity by having SLP students share their knowledge with PT students in the new year.

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