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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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How to Succeed in an SLP Program – Key Tips

Key To SuccessAs with most aspects of life, what you get out of a Speech Language Pathology (SLP) program is what you put into it. In other words, if you make the most out of your time in a SLP program, you will have a better chance of standing out in the sea of job applicants once you have graduated. Whether you are planning on attending or are currently enrolled in an online or traditional university, you can use these tips to help you succeed both in your degree program and in getting your career started.

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Rare Brain Disorders That Affect Speech

In your future career as a speech pathologist, there are many common speech disorders that you will encounter, ranging in severity and complexity. Stuttering, delayed language, lisps, aphashia, dysphasia…all these are good to know as you will be expected to treat patients suffering through these frustrating disorders.

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Some of Our Favorite Speech Therapy Blogs!

Speech-language therapy can be a wonderful thing for children to communicate more effectively. Growing and maturing is difficult enough as it is, but when you add a speech impediment to the mix, children often feel less confident and can even get picked on by their peers.

There are a number of resources that can aid in helping individuals with speech impediments live better lives. With this, there are many wonderful blogs parents can turn to when searching for interesting and fun techniques to encourage their children to keep practicing with their language skills at home. Here are some of our favorites:

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Graduate Programs in Speech Pathology

Graduate School Admissions

In order to obtain jobs with more responsibility and higher pay in this field, a master’s degree is definitely recommended. A master’s degree provides advanced training and research experience through subject-specific courses. You’ll learn how to work with patients suffering from a variety of communication disorders and impairments.

So if you’re thinking about earning a master’s degree, you’ve come to the right place. The information below outlines what to expect from a graduate program in speech pathology and how to choose a school that’s right for you!

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Where to Find Work as a Speech Pathologist


A speech pathologist can work in a variety of settings, some of which may surprise you. Given the diverse care needs of patients receiving speech-language services, it’s no wonder why speech pathologists are employed by many different types of businesses and organizations.

Below you’ll find a list of employers that typically hire speech pathologists to treat patients of all ages, from children to seniors.

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Interview with a Speech-Language Pathologist

If you’re considering a degree in speech pathology, it’s important to know what your day to day responsibilities could be, and how the career outlook will be. It can be tremendously helpful to learn from those who are currently working in the field. With experience comes knowledge of the challenges, and rewards, that a speech-language pathologist career can offer. Recently, we stumbled across an excellent interview with Jennifer Oelfke, a speech-language pathologist and alumna of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) program in communication sciences and disorders. Kudos to UCF’s College of Public Health and Affairs for posting it!

Speech-Language Pathologist