DisPatches, winter 1999-2000
Speech Therapist joins DSPS staff
DisPatches columnist George Barker is one of Maureen Green's most loyal students.
Disabled Students Programs and Services at College of Marin has added the services of a speech-language pathologist to its ever-expanding list of services for adults with acquired brain injury.
Maureen Green, MS, CCC-SP, has joined the DSPS staff to provide speech-language and cognitive remediation for students with brain injuries resulting from stroke, trauma or disease. Maureen has been working as a consultant with Harriet Eskildsen in the High Tech Center for the Disabled since 1991. She will now be providing direct services, primarily in a small group format.
Maureen has a long history of working with people with disabilities in Marin County. After receiving her master's degree from San Francisco State University, she joined the staff of the Easter Seal Society.
"Easter Seals gave me a great start in the profession," she says. "My youngest client there was two years old and my eldest was 100. I had a chance to learn about communication over the entire life span."
Participating as a member of both the head injury and stroke rehabilitation teams at Kentfield Hospital, she acquired extensive experience in the area of acquired brain injury.
"At Kentfield I was able to work with patients in the early, more medically involved stages of their injury," she recalls. "Later, as an out-patient therapist, we worked together to rebuild skills that helped them return to their families, jobs, and interests. I learned more than my patients, watching their resilience, spirit and spunk."
Currently, Maureen is conducting individual and small group sessions that help students with brain injuries rebuild language skills and related cognitive skills such as attention, concentration, memory and problem-solving. Some students receive help with motor speech to improve pronunciation, voice, pacing or the volume of their speech. Cognitive remediation is done in conjunction with the High Tech Center, where Maureen and Harriet Eskildsen collaborate on programs to improve thinking skills after head injury.
College of Marin is also sponsoring speech-language and social communication classes at the Marin Brain Injury Network in Larkspur. Maureen, as speech pathologist with DSPS, is teaching these classes and helping to facilitate the sort of collaboration with community agencies that allows DSPS at College of Marin to be part of a continuum of services for people with acquired brain injuries.