All posts tagged speech language pathology

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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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. Erik Raj

If you haven’t heard the name Erik Raj, you are definitely missing out.  Erik is a common name in the social media world.  Dr. Raj recently earned the title Dr. and is professor in New Jersey.

Erik loves to teach SLPs how to have fun with therapy and with the use of apps and technology.  You will often find him presenting at state level conventions and the National ASHA Convention (held annually in November in various cities.)  This year Erik will be presenting in Los Angelos at the National ASHA Convention.

Dr. Raj recently started a company that sells fun swag.  Pins by Erik offers a variety of fun, Speech Pathology related pins for your lanyard, name tag or wherever you may wear a pin.

Erik writes a blog that is full of fun and exciting tips and ideas for creating exciting speech therapy sessions.

Erik specializes in fluency disorders or stuttering and often works at Camp Shoutout, a camp for school-age students with fluency disorders.

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Continuing Education

As I mentioned last month, you can specialize in  3 different areas of Speech Language Pathology and 1 area of Audiology, which more specialty areas coming.  Specializing requires continuing education.  The bad (or good) news is that whether or not you specialize, continuing education is a requirement.

After six years or more in school. you feel like you are ready to conquer the world.  The reality is that you don’t learn everything you need to know in school.

Much of our learning comes from our jobs, from working with a variety of patients or clients and from our colleagues or supervisors.

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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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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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