Welcome to my first Blog entry for my private practice, Bowen Speech-Language Therapy, LLC! I have always loved putting my thoughts on paper, and regular blogging is one of the business activities I think I will enjoy! This first piece will give you just a glimpse of who I am and what I do.
My “professional name” is Cynthia Williams Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP. This just means I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. I have the education, experience, and have completed the Clinical Fellowship Year required to earn the American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence in my field (CCC-SLP). I recently received my second Award for Continuing Education (ACE) from ASHA for completing an above-average number of continuing education units. I love everything about my field, but I have several areas of special interest:
Aphasia: I completed a special clinical project during grad school in order to focus on multi-modal remediation of chronic aphasia with apraxia. My clinical advisor and I presented this work at a conference at Arkansas State University in 2007. Today, I provide Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) and other programmatic and traditional approaches to treat people with aphasia.
Motor Speech Disorders: Apraxia and dysarthrias (speech disorders) due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, neurological diseases and disorders. I have a special interest in working with people with Parkinson’s Disease and am a certified provider of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) LOUD and its telepractice version, LSVT eLOUD.
Dysphagia (swallowing disorders): I always seek to increase my knowledge and skill set in this area! I employ traditional approaches to treat swallowing disorders and am also a certified provider of VitalStim Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. I am very excited to report that I will be attending the McNeill Dysphagia Treatment Program (MDTP) training in August 2013. The intensive exercise regimen they train is much in line with my philosophy and current methods of intervention. The evidence base for dysphagia management is evolving rapidly, and working to stay abreast of new developments and techniques gives me much professional enjoyment!
Voice Disorders: I am an amateur singer, so my interest in voice disorders is lifelong.
Cognitive Deficits due to traumatic brain injury, stroke, or degenerative neurological disorders
On the personal side, my friends and casual acquaintances call me Cyndee. I was raised and still consider myself an Army Brat! I have many, many areas of interest and love to learn new things. I have a broad work and educational background. This breadth of knowledge serves me well in my profession, but my experiences during the”soccer mom” years figured most prominently in my decision to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Management of my children’s health and educational challenges taught me many important lessons “on-the-job and in-the-trenches!”
Our youngest son has given me permission to discuss a little of his background in this blog. He developed a seizure and severe communication disorder when he was a toddler. Over the next two decades, management of his challenges taught me to collaborate closely with a multitude of speech-language pathologists, pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, and educators.
While working so very hard on behalf of my own children, I also volunteered to help others through active participation in the Parent Teacher Associations at my childrens’ schools. I served on the PTA Board of Directors for schools in Florida and California. I am most proud to have co-chaired a PTA committee that developed and implemented an award winning enrichment program for students of all ability levels at the elementary school my children attended in Florida.
If you are still with me here at the end of this rather lengthy bio, thank you so much for reading my ramblings!!! You should now have a basic idea of who I am, but please know that I am truly a “lifelong learner” and my “special interests” are constantly expanding! I love what I do, and I hope you will feel free to contact me if you want more information. I will always welcome any comments and suggestions you may post!