MORE Client Stories: A Valuable Tool for Clinicians

By Judith Maginnis Kuster

There are many ways for clients to "tell their stories." Past columns have shared creative story-telling ideas using poetry ("Uncovering Our Clients' Creativity," The ASHA Leader, March 16, 2004, p. 16 - www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/part56.html) and art ("Communicating Through Art," The ASHA Leader, August 14, 2007, p. 38 - www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/part77.html). A recent column ("Client Stories: A Valuable Tool for Clinicians," The ASHA Leader, March 25, 2008, p. 38-39 - www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/part81.html) featured several online personal accounts. This column will feature additional ways people are telling their stories on the Internet.

Time Slips (www.timeslips.org/stories.html) describes a creative group storytelling project for people with memory loss. Several stories developed by clients are included on the Web site, which also features downloadable pictures to stimulate storytelling and the option to add more stories.

Short, Personal Stories

Audio Recordings

Videos

Videos provide another outlet for people to tell their stories, which can be therapeutic for the producer, instructive to others with the same disorders, and instructional for the professional who wants to learn about various disorders from a client's perspective.

Using http://video.google.com, searches Google and YouTube videos. A quick search turned up several significant films and photojournalism slideshows. Anything with "video.google.com" as part of the URL can be downloaded and saved on your computer.

These two columns only scratched the surface of materials available online of clients sharing their stories. The reader is invited to explore the Internet for additional Web sites, audio and video recordings and blog sites. There are thousands of additional stories available on-line.


Judith Kuster is a professor in the Department of Speech, Hearing, and Rehabilitation Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Contact her at judith.kuster@mnsu.edu. All of Kuster's Internet columns are available in HTML format with active links (www.mnsu.edu/comdis/kuster4/leader.html), although URLs change and there is no guarantee that links from previous articles are still functional.

Kuster, JM, More Client Stories: A Valuable Tool for Clinicians, The ASHA Leader, August 12, 2008, p. 36-37.