Better Hearing and Speech Award Given to Regina Edington

Regina Edington is a head and neck cancer survivor. During her cancer treatment, she suffered the terrible acute toxicities of radiation, rendering both communication and swallowing issues. Since her treatment, she has recovered from both but continues along the survivor journey battling lymphedema and late-stage treatment toxicities. While Regina has recovered from her communication challenges, she still faces the challenge of Xerostomia, or dry mouth.

A very dedicated patient, Regina attended her cancer rehabilitation sessions consistently, meeting every challenge courageously. She was excited at the idea of helping others and she took on the role of primary facilitator of a local support group for people with oral, head, and neck cancer. She paved the way toward an oral cancer screening day in Lincoln with door-to-door campaigns and the collection of donations. She also found a local group to help market the program. Regina continues to be a leader to help others afflicted with head and neck cancer.

The Nebraska Speech Language Hearing Association is proud to bestow the 2022 Better Hearing and Speech Award to Regina Edington.

NSLHA Member Spotlight

February 2022 Member Spotlight: Christine Jackson


Company/Organization/Institution: University of Nebraska at Omaha

Hometown: Bellevue, NE

Hobbies: Exploring the local library and reading whenever I can; Spending time with family, loved ones, and my pets; Watching movies (old and new)

Favorite Entertainment Choices: I love watching movies, whether at home or in the movie theater.

Favorite Vacation/Getaway Spot: My favorite vacation spot is San Diego, California in the US or planning a trip overseas.

Why Did You Choose to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist, Audiologist or Student?: I initially chose to become a speech-language pathology student (currently in a leveling program) because I admired the positive impact previous SLPs had on my previous students when I was an elementary school teacher. Not only were those students able to communicate better, but their confidence in themselves and their abilities grew exponentially. They found a way to express themselves and were eager to use their skills to create meaningful relationships. I hope to instill such positivity and motivation with my future clients as an SLP.

How Do You See Your Profession Changing in the Next Few Years?: The voices of so many communities that speech-language pathologists work with is growing louder, especially within the autistic community. I can see a shift happening with treatment philosophies in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Why Are You a NSLHA Member and What Value Do You Receive From Your Membership?: NSLHA deals directly with what is happening in the community I live in and the community I work with. NSLHA membership means I am able to access relevant evidence-based research and have opportunities to participate in events happening in my state.

Share a Story About Working with a Client that You Found Was a Rewarding Experience: As a pediatric rehabilitation assistant, I am gaining some experience in the communication sciences and disorders field by working and collaborating with speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. One rewarding experience I have had is seeing the progression of AAC communication with a client I regularly assist with. This client went from being able to only express themselves through vocalizations to creating 4-5 word sentences using their AAC device. What is one best practice or idea you’ve implemented in the past year in your school, clinic or practice that would benefit other members?: One best practice I have implemented this past year as a student is to take it one step at a time. We can sometimes get ahead of ourselves and end up feeling overwhelmed because of the never-ending list of tasks needing to be done. However, focusing on one or two tasks each day has helped me reach the 'big picture' goal with a little more ease and organization and less anxiety.

Contact me as a resource in the speech-language-hearing profession for: Experience in pursuing speech-language pathology as a leveling/lateral-entry student.

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