Czech allied health professionals to visit campus

A team of six allied health professionals from the Czech Republic who have collaborated for nearly 10 years with David Shapiro, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University, will visit WCU for a public presentation and to observe U.S. clinical procedures Nov. 11 and 12.

Shapiro’s six Czech colleagues – three speech-language pathologists, one physical therapist, one psychologist and one business manager – will share information about their work at LOGO, a private, interdisciplinary clinic in the city of Brno that delivers traditional and nontraditional assessment and intervention across allied health disciplines.

The presentation will be held from 8:30 until 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Room 204 of WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.

Shapiro, who holds the university’s Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professorship, has collaborated with LOGO since 2004, visiting the clinic several times. In 2010, he took a group of WCU students to the Czech Republic as part of a class titled “International Perspectives on Communication Sciences and Disorders.”

“The students discovered that there are other perspectives after their collaboration with speech-language pathologists from LOGO,” he said. “The world has become a global classroom, and global education must influence clinicians’ skill sets as we prepare to serve a rapidly changing world. People with communication disorders, as well as their families, deserve no less.”

During the visit, the Czech clinic representatives will meet with faculty and students from the College of Health and Human Sciences and will observe various clinical activities.

For more information, contact Shapiro at 828-227-3291.