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Speech language pathologists are in high demand! Be prepared to love what you do! In the public school setting, this career involves counseling, educating, assessing, diagnosing, treating, remediating, and raising awareness of problems related to speech and language in children. Collaborating with parents, staff members, and other professionals. Edit
A rewarding career, there is never a dull moment, making a difference in the lives of children, collaborating with parents, staff, children and other professionals, working with small groups of children (1-3) for a short period of time (30-45 minutes) each day. Steady income and many opportunities for professional growth. If you become drained working in the public schools as a speech language pathologist, there are always more opportunities to work in other settings (i.e. hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinic setting). There is a shortage of speech language pathologists so you should always have a job!
Caseloads in the public schools can be high and paperwork can be overwhelming at times. It is difficult sometimes to continue therapy with some children when you do not see immediate progress. Scheduling can be difficult in the schools because sometimes therapy overlaps with specials (art, p.e, music), scheduled tests, etc.
A speech language pathologist typically plans lessons for several children based on his/her diagnosis. Small groups are formed sometimes for children with a similar diagnosis (i.e articulation group, social skills group). Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings are scheduled and held throughout the day, testing is performed to assess new students, progress reports, daily notes and any other paperwork is completed, and collaboration with other teachers and staff members throughout the day.
Bachelors and Masters degree, Completion of the National Examination on Speech Language Pathology from the Praxis Series Educational Testing Service (ETS) with a passing score and a 36 week fellowship to get your Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in speech language pathology.
Do not be afraid to dive in and try different ideas and activities, think outside of the box, be creative! Some cases can feel like a puzzle with missing pieces but, do not get discouraged because that is what makes this field challenging and it keeps you on your toes. Watching a child learn a new skill, develop and show growth in his/her skills, makes coming to work each day more than worth it!
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