Ep. 63 - Treating Adult Patients with Aphasia and TBI - Angela Ziegler MA, CCC-SLP

February 28, 2022

On this episode, we discussed treating adult patients with aphasia and TBI. Special guest, Angela Ziegler MA, CCC-SLP, joined us to talk about preferred methods of assessment for aphasia, interventions for TBI, working with patient families, and more.

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) Introduction Shenanigans
  • (3:37) What Led Angela to Become a Speech Pathologist
  • (10:15) How Confident Did Angela Feel at the Beginning
  • (12:25) What Kind of Patients Does Angela Normally See
  • (20:27) What Percentage of Angela's Patients have TBI
  • (30:00) Preferred Method of Assessment for Aphasia (CLIP 1)
  • (36:33) How to Develop Aphasia Interventions (CLIP 2)
  • (41:25) Assessments for TBI (CLIP 3)
  • (50:27) Intervention for TBI
  • (54:25) How to Deal with Non-Socially Appropriate Behaviors with Patients
  • (57:10) Is TBI or Aphasia Easier to Treat?
  • (59:35) Why Angela Started Her Private Practice
  • (1:06:43) Working with the Family of Patients
  • (1:13:10) What’s Next for Angela?

About Angela Ziegler MA, CCC-SLP

Angela began her professional career as an SLP in 2011 working in a series of skilled nursing facilities that ranged in size from 25 beds to over 400 beds, including a dedicated long-term pediatrics wing. She worked with kids in both home health and school settings for a period, but pediatrics was not her calling. Her heart lies in adult neurological disorders. She has worked at Orlando Regional Medical Center for nearly 9 years in all settings: acute care, in-patient rehabilitation, and outpatient care working with patients and their families through challenging diagnoses such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, brain tumors, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal cord injuries (SCI), and other diseases, both common and rare.

In 2017 Angela was recruited by Dr. Janet Whiteside to the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic as an adjunct clinical instructor after a chance encounter at a conference in Tampa. Angela has been deeply touched by aphasia, stroke, head and neck cancer, and brain injury in both her professional life and her personal life as well. She continues to work at both UCF and ORMC, treating patients, and teaching graduate students, and she began her private practice in 2021 to reach families through education and support. Angela has been married to her husband Tim for 17 years and together they have 4 daughters.

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About the Show

Producer - Jonathan Cary
Assistant Producers – Katie Schrauben & Sam MacKay 
Show Notes – Sam MacKay
Music & Editing - Aidan Dykes

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