Discussion Paper: Growing A Cambodian Speech Therapy Profession

Prepared by the “ Organization to Improve Communication and Swallowing Therapy Services in Cambodia” April 2020 What is Speech Therapy? Speech therapy involves the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support of people with communication or swallowing difficulties. Speech therapy aims to maximize people’s abilities to communicate and to swallow effectively, thereby improving their quality of life.…

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Understanding Lived Experiences of Adults with Communication Difficulties: Exploratory Qualitative Research OIC Cambodia

Understanding Lived Experiences of Adults with Communication Difficulties: Exploratory Qualitative Research                                                ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Authors: Nathhaniel Rupp(Primary), Debbie Bong, Ruth Bryce, Katherine Dobson, Yit Variya & Uk Sokmea Communication difficulties impact on all areas of a person’s life, from interpersonal relationships and participation in the community, to education and work opportunities. 1 in 25 people in Cambodia need Speech Therapy…

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children's desk at the Happy Kids Clinic

Happy Kids Clinic

OIC’s Social Enterprise November 2017 We have now been running our social enterprise for over a year and have a staff consisting of 2.4 speech therapists, an occupational therapist, and two Khmer therapy assistants. We are also started doing some work with a psychologist to begin working on an autism…

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child learning to write

Voices That Care

Bringing Speech Therapy to Cambodia’s Youth 25 April 2017 Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The only issue is, not everyone has access to education. I was born in the 1980s in suburban Sydney, Australia. A few decades ago, my great grandparents moved…

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Phearom with child

The Myth of the Heroic Expat Leader

  9 June 2017 On a plane from China to Australia, I had a thought that made me ashamed. After studying physiotherapy and international development, I had finished working with some of the most impoverished people in China – those with disabilities. I had landed my dream job, working with an organisation that helped children…

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