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Specializing in Speech Language Pathology

 

I know what you might be thinking.  You go to school for six years, earn your Masters degree and after you graduate, you STILL have to learn!

The field of Speech Language Pathology is quite broad.  We have to know so much about so many areas that most SLPs tend to specialize.  SLPs work in the areas of swallowing, language, motor speech, aphasia, cognition, reading, fluency and voice just to name a few.

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is defined as:  the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

Critical thinking skills are essential in the field of Speech Language Pathology (SLP).  As a Speech Language Pathologist, your job is to evaluate the patient, determine the correct speech diagnosis and then develop a treatment plan that best rehabilitates that patient.

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Online Resources for the Aspiring Speech Language Pathologist

Whether you are a seasoned SLP or an SLP-to-be, there are numerous resources at your fingertips on the internet.

With the explosion of social media, there are ample opportunities to find employment, ask for completion of surveys for classroom assignments, ask seasoned professionals and make friends with colleagues all over the world.  Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat can be so much more than just an outlet to post pictures of your dinner or the events of your day.

Twitter has a community that has been active for many years known as the SLPeeps.  The SLPeeps is a group of SLPs that connect on Twitter and often meet at the annual American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) convention which is held every November.

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You Earned Your Degree in Speech Language Pathology, Now What?: 12 Settings for the SLP

If you have graduated from,  are currently enrolled in or plan to enroll in a program to become a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), you know that this program requires dedication and hard work.  One of the best feelings is to pass your Praxis exam, finish your Clinical Fellowship Year (the 9 months of paid work after your graduate from your SLP program) and start signing your name CCC-SLP.

While you are in school, you have the world at your fingertips.  This is the time you are trying to decide where you might like to work and what area you might want to specialize.  This is also a great time to start shadowing other SLPs in a variety of settings.

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