All posts tagged beginning career tips

Criticism…Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It.

                                        

Sometimes, one of the toughest things we hear in a day is criticism.  We never want to hear that we are not doing something the right way.

I mean, we get criticism our entire life.  Our parents criticize us, which is how we learn right from wrong.  Our teachers in school criticize our school work which is how we learn and how we improve our work.

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Medical SLP?

No matter which path you choose in Speech Language Pathology, a job as an SLP can be a very rewarding experience.  Many choose to work in the school system.  Many SLPs find that it is rewarding working with children on areas such as articulation and the many facets of language.

Another career path can be as a medical SLP.   Many times, SLPs choose to work in a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), hospital, home health or an outpatient clinic.

                              

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How SLPs Can Use Social Media

 

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, SnapChat can all be great tools for Speech Language Pathologists.  Many of us work out in the field with no other SLP within 500 miles.  Sometimes the only other SLP in the area has never treated a patient like the patient for whom you have questions regarding treatment.

Enter social media, with a wealth of other SLPs with so many various skill levels and levels of expertise.

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Can You Learn from a Podcast?

                         

In today’s world, we are learning most of our information through the internet.  Google, Wikipedia and Facebook have become a source for much of our information.  We use blogs and social media outlets to share information, new courses and journal articles.

So many people are turning to podcasts for information.  It’s a convenient, easy-listening way to share information.  With bluetooth and devices such as the Amazon Echo listening while at home is easy as ever.  If you have long commutes to work or if you’re like me and spend most of the day in your car, you can easily listen to an episode or 2 while driving.

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Interview with an Expert: Dr. Eric Blicker

Dr. Eric  Blicker,MA CCC-SLP.D BCS-S,  is a specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders.   Dr. Blicker holds his Board Certification in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders.  In addition to his daily duties as an acute care SLP, Dr. Blicker also owns his own continuing education company, teaching SLPs all over the country about FEES and issues related to swallowing disorders.

FEES is an instrumental assessment for swallowing.  Flexible Endscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) involves using an endoscope with a camera placed in the nostril and into the pharynx (throat) to assess the pharyngeal phase of the swallow.

Dr. Blicker also educates SLPs on patient’s that use  a ventilator (breathing machine) or that have had a trachestomy (artificial airway with a tube in the throat to keep the stoma open).

You can find Dr. Blicker’s continuing education courses here.   You can also find Dr. Blicker on Facebook and LinkedIn where he often shares great information regarding dysphagia (swallowing disorders).

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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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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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