Through speech pathology, people are reached and shown compassion who are typically considered outcasts in society. SLPs work with individuals who are struggling with various sets of problems and help to solve those problems through undivided attention and spirits of patience and willingness to aid people with speech, language, and mental impairments. I believe this would be a good career fit for me due to my heart for people and my teaching spirit. My mom’s perspective of me pursuing a career as an SLP is that it would be a good fit due to my kind and gentle spirit and conduciveness with working with struggling individuals. I also have an immediate family legacy of multiple speech pathologists that work in both the medical and educational fields which increases my knowledge and familiarity with the career. While I believe that speech pathology would ultimately be a good fit for me, I tend to struggle with patience, a key component of working as an SLP, which is a challenge that I would have to work to overcome in order fulfill my role as a speech pathologist.
In order to help a patient, the speech pathologist must be patient, a good listener and compassionate towards their patient. These skills are important because you will be dealing with someone who will need your encouragement and patience since there will be times when they are going to feel discouraged. This job requires a lot of your time and it can get overwhelming due to paperwork and if you are expected to work outside of your scope (Yeh, 2014). I a currently taking American Sign Language (ASL) and I have felt impatient at times. Taking this course has made me feel that I can be patient and not get discouraged. ASL has been very difficult at times so I feel that if I were to become a speech language pathologist I would have already learned to be more patient and observant with my patients because I know how hard learning something new is. Especially since learning ASL requires you not to use your voice and just your fingers. It goes with people who are deaf and taking therapies to learn to
I put my best effort into everything that I do because I believe that a person’s work reflects who they are as an individual, thus, I strive to ensure that my work is a true representation of who I am. The challenges and obstacles that I have endured and overcome have helped build my character of being a resilient individual that is willing to do whatever it takes to pursue my dreams. I can honestly say adversity transformed me into the strong-minded person I am today. I do not take anything for granted because I know what it feels like to not have much. I do everything with a purpose and the desire to make a better life for myself so I work hard to achieve all of my goals. I want to be a speech pathologist that delivers and promotes the highest professional standards in a variety of clinical educational settings across a culturally and linguistically diverse client population. Ultimately, I know that if given the chance to obtain a Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of West Georgia, I am confident in my ability to be a devoted student who is eager and willing to learn how to work closely with faculty and staff to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively assess a patient and be a remarkable speech
I plan on pursuing a career as a speech-language pathologist (SLP). As a speech language pathologist, I would be assessing, diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. As a result for my passion to work with children, I became highly interested in psychology and child advocacy. I believe all three fields are interrelated because they share a common interest to understand the basic needs of a child. In addition, these fields help assess the influence of family and other social contexts on children’s’ socio-emotional adjustment, cognitive development, behavioral adaptation and health status. One of the reasons, I decided to pursue a career involving advocating for children, is because children always fascinated me. One of my inspirations is my younger cousin who suffers from hypotonia, which is a poor-muscle tone disorder. Therefore, it affects muscle strength, motor nerves and the brain. As he got older, he needed a SLP to help with the muscles associated with articulation. Before then, I didn’t know much about speech pathology, but I can appreciate the career because I saw how speech therapy helped my cousin. In a professional experience, I am currently volunteering in the Alder Aphasia center in West Orange, helping individuals with aphasia, practice speech therapy. As a result for volunteering, I plan to become a member of the NJ SHA multicultural committee advocating for children and
For my research I have chosen to discuss the key role of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). Speech Language Pathologists can best be recognized as qualified practitioners that identify, diagnose and treat communicative disorders (Serpanos & Senzer, 2015). There are two types of disorders that a SLP can be used for: speech disorder and language disorder. A speech disorder can best be described as a person that has trouble producing sounds correctly or fluently. A language disorder is recognized as someone who has trouble expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas through speech. SLP’s are taught how to treat each pf these disorders.
As I have progressed through my college career I believe I continue to develop certain skills which will aid in excelling as a Speech-Language Pathologists; such as organization, problem solving and the love of learning. As an SLP, one needs to posses organization skills due to the large volume of case loads per Speech Therapist. With so many clients assigned to one SLP, organization is the best way to stay on top of the paperwork, being prepared for therapy sessions/IEP meetings and collaboration. Problem solving is a crucial skill and may be the core of what a SLP does; all clients will be a puzzle piece which we are responsible for figuring out what the problem is and the best possible route to take to help. Also, I have developed the love
One of these challenges is the communication concerns that the SLP might encounter. The diversity of these individuals and at times the SLP not being able to communicate quickly with the individual can impact how the SLP functions in a specific environment. Moreover, the increased training for the speech-language pathologist can become a challenge, due to there being diverse individuals an SLP must always continue their education courses and training to provide quality service. Additionally, some challenges include communication concerns and enhanced training for the speech-language
My future education goal is to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and attend graduate school to become a Speech Language Pathologist. I also plan to travel throughout college and learn more about different cultures. Through the various short term abroad mission trips and local volunteering at the Place of Hope, I have discovered that education happens inside and outside of a classroom. Throughout my time in college, I hope to study abroad and continue to learn more about other cultures and the world that is around me. I believe that those who travel have a better grasp about what goes on in our world. By being more aware about the world, it creates a more grateful attitude and the desire for equality.
A speech-language pathologist’s job is to assess, diagnose, treat, and help prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. The typical salary for a speech-language pathologist is around $73,410 a year (“Speech”). To enter into this career field, a master's degree is required. Speech pathology has many benefits, including a variety of work environments, working with diverse patients, the ability to be self-employed, the relationships built with patients, and so on. The type of work settings a speech pathologist could work in are public schools, hospitals, home health, and private practice. In school’s speech pathologists work with
Speech Language Pathologist was not my first choice for a career path but my decision came after analyzing many factors in my life. Given that I was not longer able to fulfill m y dream of becoming a Pediatrician I had to venture on what other options were available. But one thing that was for sure was that it had to be within the medical field. On the condition that any career in the medical field involves caring for someone I can say that is why if decided to become a Speech Language Pathologist. Not only do I care for others but I also want to help them achieve healing or progress. Another major factor that aid me to choose this career path was that working in hospitals and clinics will expose my husband. Let me elaborate on that, mu husband
Based on the responsibilities and duties of speech-language pathologists, they require specific skills and expertise in language to enable them deliver to their clients effectively. First and foremost, they need good and strong interpersonal skills. Unlike other fields or professions, the relationship between pathologist and patients is quite significant. Teamwork and cooperation are, therefore, necessary. They both work together to ensure the speech problem is remediated. Ideally, interpersonal skills enable effective, clear and positive communication between the two thereby ensuring a strong partnership grows toward achieving a particular goal. Besides, strong interpersonal skills enhance
When did your speech problem begin? How has the speech sound disorder affected your daily life? In what way has your speech sound disorder affected friendships or relationships? How did the speech sound disorder affect the outcome of your education?
A speech language pathologist is transcendent; their ability to explore options, in addition to, providing an optimal form of communication, speaks volumes about the depths they go for patients. The idea of barriers impeding our form of communication, and impacting our everyday ventures, is a difficult concept to grasp. Thoughts gain meaning when they transcend into words; despite the communication platform, everyone deserves to have a voice and be heard. For this reason, I choose to be a part of a field where you impact a patient’s communication in a positive manner, it is what I aspire to do with future patients. Ultimately, I seek admittance to the communication sciences and disorders graduate program at Texas A&M Kingsville.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play a critical role in the screening, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of students with emotional/behavioral disorders. The role of SPL’s in the management of students with EBD is of great importance because the students often have speech and language disorders that may go untreated. EBD’s in elementary students can contribute challenges including social interaction, social cognition, pragmatics, and higher risk for involvement in criminal justice system. An academic setting plays a role in fostering the emotional development and adjustments of students who identified or are at risk for developing EBD. Interventions such as social skill groups are utilized to provide students with the tools to exercise