Psychology Club hears first hand professional advice

Kara Smith- Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Throughout the year, the LRHS Psychology Club has had speakers come in about multiple topics that are related to what students are learning in class that can better prepare them for the Advanced placement (AP) Psychology exam.

On Nov. 14, psychology club had its first presentation. Dog Trainer Derek Cash came to

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Dog trainer Derek Cash and Kooper demonstrate techniques with LRHS Psychology Club.

speak to the club. Alongside, he brought his service dog in training Kooper.

Cash discussed how he implements the same elements that are taught in AP psychology into his career. He showed the students all the different things he had taught Kooper such as commands like sit, place, and hear.

Psychology club public relations vice-president Cameron Willis said, “It was so cool to see the trainer show us what Kooper could do. I enjoyed seeing psychology concepts I’ve learned being used in real life.”

Cash also explained how students can implement what they learned to train humans. This led psychology club members to participate in an activity with clickers to give them a hands-on experience in obedience training.

On Dec. 5, the club brought in speech pathologist Donna Xynidis to give a presentation to the class about her profession.

Xyndis discussed the different types of people she sees, the reasons they come to her, and how speech pathologists also see people who have trouble swallowing.

Senior Psychology Club vice-president Christopher Georgas said, “It was so interesting to learn about what a speech pathologist does, and how they can help people of all ages.”

Psychology Club meetings will resume in the new year and the club will have presenters lined up until the AP Psychology exam in May.

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