Speech Language Pathologist / Clinical Lead, Collage Pediatric Therapy, Vancouver, BC. Born: Washington, DC.
E. Elisabeth Nyang is a certified speech language pathologist who is an expert in working with clients with articulation, language, feeding, and swallowing disorders. She is one of the first Black speech language pathologists to practice in British Columbia and is one of a handful practicing in Canada. In addition, Elisabeth is one of the few speech pathologists in British Columbia who provides treatment to children with a sensory motor feeding disorder in a private practice setting. Currently, Elisabeth works for Collage Pediatric Therapy, which is one of the only multi-disciplinary clinics in British Columbia that services children who present with speech, language, feeding, sensory, fine motor, and gross motor disorders.
Prior to working in private practice, Elisabeth spent many years working in the rehabilitation and hospital setting, providing cognitive communication, feeding, articulation and language therapy, and consultation to patients ranging from newborns to the geriatric population. In addition to providing direct therapy to clients, Elisabeth has spent several years serving as a clinical educator to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying speech pathology, helping them fulfill their clinical practicum requirements. In 2008, Elisabeth had the opportunity to travel with a delegation of 41 members from the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists to Beijing and Shanghai, China, to learn how the Chinese deliver their speech and language services to their citizens in urban and rural areas.
Community: Elisabeth recently started a professional group for Black Professionals living in Vancouver and surrounding areas, as there are limited networking resources for the 20,000+ African/Caribbean residents living in these regions. The mission of this group is to assist the business and personal growth of entrepreneurs and professionals, by providing resources and networking opportunities through traditional and innovative channels.
Affiliation: Co-Chair, British Columbia Speech Language Pathologists in Private Practice interest group.
Works: “Talker and Accent Variability Effects on Spoken Word Recognition”, Journal of Acoustic Society of America (Volume 113, Issue 4).
Education: Masters of Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Florida (2003); Bachelor of Science, Communication Disorders, Boston University (2001).
Favourite book? Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, because it gave me inspiration, and continues to remind me that I can do anything I want and go anywhere I want in life, if I put my mind to it. My mom bought me this book as a present when I graduated from grad school.
Favourite quotes? 1) “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” – Robert Frost 2) “I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.” – President Barack Obama
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I want to go to Tahiti.
Who inspires you? My daughter, mother, brother, and friends inspire me to fully enjoy life and not take it for granted, when I hear about their accomplishments, see them laugh, and love others unconditionally by demonstrating strength and patience.
Why do you do what you do? I love my job and do it because it allows me to give back to the community, and provide one with the tools to express him/herself verbally or through writing.