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Social Media and SLP

23 Mar

It’s already known that we’re in the age of technology and that it has a great role in our society. Instead of steering clear from it, as future Speech-Language Pathologists, we should embrace it. I’ve already Pintrest before… and you should indeed join that website as well! There are so many SLPs and students studying to be one on that site. They pin great websites, activities, ideas, etc for our profession. To go along with this, I’ve compiled a list (not super exhaustive) of groups on Facebook and trends/ people on twitter to check out. These are just places to start, as there are many others, and they will give you an extra resource and network for your career.

Facebook:

– Future SLPs (Speech – Language Pathologists)

-IMAGAS ( Insight, Mentoring, And Guidance for Aspiring SLPs)

-National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

– The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

– the group for your state, like Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Twitter:

#slpbloggers

#SLPeeps

#slp2b

#preSLP

@ASHAWeb

@NSSLHA

 

Websites:

http://www.reddit.com/r/slp

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What’s Up Wednesday: Infographic on SLP

20 Feb

Whether you are still undecided, decided but have no idea about the process, want to check where you are along the path or just want to look at in infographic on becoming and staying a SLP, then I’ve got a treat for you. Some lovely people have patched this together to give a quick and comprehensive overview of what it take to one day be a SLP. It helps lay the foundation, almost like a pictoral checklist, from which you can look back on when needed to make sure you are on track. On top of this, it also lists the average wages, areas where SLPs are paid the most, and the work schedule/settings as well! (According to this, SLP is in the top 15 careers!)

*found at:http://www.infographicsonly.com/how-to-become-a-speech-pathologist/

Research, Research, Research

10 Feb

If you know me, you know I love learning and expanding my knowledge, especially if it’s something I’m interested in. And well, I’m one happy chica right now, as I get to research two separate topics dealing with two different things I love (with some over-lapping!). My first project is a paper on Childhood Apraxia for my Intro to SLP class. I love learning about different diseases, how they relate to speech disorders and development and just anything to do with children or my future profession! (Although, I’m not dead-set on child therapy yet, but considering I’ve had more experience with kids makes it more viable.) It was a hard decision choosing a topic for this because, similar to the child-adult debate, there’s some uncertainty about what I want to specialize in, if I do. There’s just sooo many possibilities that I didn’t know about! Childhood Apraxia of Speech ended up beating out the other contenders, though! It is just captivating, especially since it’s not really acquired, which means that the child was born with it. And it has such a range of severity, with the most severe being almost unable to say any formidable and understandable words. How could that not spark interest?! I’ll be looking into many things, including possible therapies and such, so I’ll be up-to-date on that by the end of this!

 

The second project I am taking part in is actually a group project for my Genes and Diseases class (gahhh, genetics! I love it.) Turns out we are all CSD majors, and our topic was narrowed down to Deafness. For this we’ll have to figure out how it goes from a mutation in the DNA that mis-translates into a bad protein that then causes deafness. Apparently there are many genes related to deafness! We had to pick one that seemed most prevalent so we were certain we’d find enough info.  We also get to actually see where it is located and everything! Which makes me all the more excited since it’ll help me curb my appetite for genetics. I may also be able to use this information in my career as an SLP, especially since I hope to learn ASL. 🙂

 

I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on anything I find interesting and whatnot! What are some diseases, conditions or anything related to Speech-Language Pathology or genetics that interest you?

Philanthropies/Organizations to be involved with

1 Feb

As  student and eventually professional, you’ll want to be associated with some organizations or charities. These will most likely have some relation to your field; such as, if you’re a doctor you might join Doctors Without Borders, or if you’re studying Political Science you are probably involved with Student Government. There’s many possibilities for you to get involved with, whether you want to volunteer some of your time or simply become more educated about your field/community. Here’s  a list of possible ones you might want to be involved with as a future/ current SLP. 🙂  I’ve listed them under “Semi-Mandatory” for ones you will need to join, or most likely should join, and then “Optional” for those you don’t need but can do based on your interests and intentions.

SEMI-MANDATORY:

-ASHA ( American Speech-Language-Hearing Assoc.) – for SLPs, Audiologists and Speech/Hearing Scientists

-NSSLHA (National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Assoc.)- for undergrad/grad students studying CSD/SLP.

** there is a national chapter, and probably a local one at your school

OPTIONAL:

-Linguistics, Psychology or language club. These are all related to SLP

-Volunteer Clubs (ie. Project Sunshine, Circle K, etc)

-Special Olympics

-Tutoring/mentoring program, like AmericaReads or JumpStart

-Non-profits for Apraxia, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Veteran Services, Operation Smile other diseases related to SLP

-Participate in walks for Apraxia, Autism…

-Multicultural club/organization

-state NSSLHA/ ASHA

-charities for speech, behavioral, mental disorders

This isn’t an extensive list, just some ideas that came to mind… if you can think of any more, let me know! 🙂 I’ll certainly add them and give credit!

SLP Skills Saturday #1

26 Jan

I’ve decided to add another themed day to go along with my “What’s Up Wednesdays”. The new themed day, “SLP Skills Saturday” will be a bi-weekly feature that will highlight a different personality trait or characteristic that I think SLPs need. Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to follow me or like/comment/share my posts! I love it, and it’ll help me make this blog better. 🙂

DESIRE TO LEARN

A big aspect of this job is learning, whether it be in your undergraduate, graduate or professional years. This job necessitates a broad scope of subjects to be a licensed SLP, which means that you have to be as well-rounded as possible.

In your undergraduate years you have to study a variety of areas– biological sciences, physical sciences, statistics, communication sciences/disorders, language development, psychology… just to name a few. So, if you thought you could become a SLP without having to take a biology-related or chemistry/physics… think again. You’ll especially need physics for later classes in hearing and speech sciences where you calculate the frequencies of sounds and such.

As for your graduate studies, you’ll do some of these classes more in-depth. So be prepared to build a solid foundation in your undergraduate years to build upon. Of course you’ll also be studying specific disorders related to speech and hearing, and applying them in your clinical sessions. That leads to another thing: be prepared to do clinicals. Think you can be licensed without getting supervised training? Then you might want to look for a different profession. You need many hours (think hundreds, not just tens of hours) of supervised clinical experience in which you will be critiqued on your lesson plans, evaluations and treatments. If that’s not how you want to learn and get accredited, this might not be for you.

Lastly, all SLPs are required to continue learning even after they have graduated and gotten their CCC’s. You’re required to take a certain amount of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) EVERY year. This is to keep you up-to-date on new things happening in the field and to keep you well-rounded (of course, you can probably take some credits in your specialty too. SO maybe not completely well-rounded.) If you don’t want a job that requires you to keep learning each year to stay licensed, then you might want to look elsewhere.

Hope you found this helpful and it wasn’t so negative! Haha. I didn’t mean for it to seem like “don’t do this if…”, that’s just the way this one turned out! Look out for the next “SLP Skills Saturday” in two weeks! (Maybe next week… I’m liking this idea!)

Neuroanatomy: Scary, Yet Intruiging

21 Jan

As per the ASHA requirements, and many American graduate program pre-requisites, those wanting to become a certified SLP must take classes in the biological sciences. They must pertain to human or animal biology as well. It makes sense, after all, how do you expect to understanding speech and hearing mechanisms without understanding the underlying mechanisms that are fundamental to their function? Most undergraduate programs consider classes in biology, anatomy, neuroscience and genetics for this requirement. If your someone like me who dreaded biology in high school (for some reason I enjoyed chemistry more..  I’m a weirdo, I know), this can be a daunting decision, especially since my university dictates I must take 6 semester hours… aka TWO classes in this area for a degree in CSD.

I knew that I didn’t want to take biology. There’s no way I’d touch that with a ten foot pole. But then what should I take? I want to learn and challenge myself, but I don’t want to kill myself either. I knew I’d be required to take anatomy and physiology of speech AND hearing processes as later classes (also required in my program). Plus, I hear that regular A& P at my school is very strenuous… ayy! So this left me with Neuroscience classes, or Genetics. Now, the one part of high school biology I DID enjoy was genetics. I have a feeling that if there was a way I could’ve double- majored in CSD and Genetics without having to take like 5 biology classes/ major in “molecular BIOLOGY”… then I would’ve done that. Sadly, the genetics class (Genes and Diseases) that I did want, was completely full last semester. (No worries, I got in this semester! 😉 ) This left me with choosing a Neuroscience class as my first biological sciences fulfillment.

Some of them seemed very daunting, including some that I had no idea what they meant. Then my eye caught something that sounded hopeful: Brain and Behavior. Well, I enjoy behavioral sciences. I find psychology and sociology interesting. And psychology also includes the brain, which I’d like to no more about at the physiological and neuronal level. So, I took a leap of faith a decided to take it.

The first class proved to be nerve-racking; I found out that our grade was based on 3 test scores. THREE TEST SCORES. First, this is a neuroanatomy/neuroscience class… now I have to manage to compress all this information into my brain and remember it for three tests? Ahh, not good. I’m more of a homework, quizzes and midterm/final kind of person. The more grades, the merrier! Somehow, I managed to get the hang of this neuroanatomy stuff. First I had to learn the inner workings of the brain, what part does this, what little things link to other little things to make a bigger thing happen, what happens if one fails… basically all the things I hated about biology, but in the brain. Then, we got into the more interesting subjects and seeing that basis of information being applied on a broader scale. Now, I was truly invested.

 

We began to relate this knowledge to diseases. In fact, quite a few dealt with disorders in the realm of SLP. Two of them were the ever-popular Wernicke’s and Broca’s Aphasias. The neuronal information that we had learned in the beginning actually helped me learn about these speech disorders as I could apply all the circuitry and figure out that if something was wrong in this section of the brain, then the outcome would result in a certain Aphasia, and other behavioral deficits. By not only knowing how it affected the patient’s Aphasia, but the other disabilities it could cause can help a lot in the field of Communication Science and Disorders. After all, in my post about Temple Grandin’s speech, if we can’t understand the other things involved besides the speech problem, how can we properly address and treat our patients?

 

After all was said and done, I received a decent grade in the class. I also realized that although the title “Neuroscience” as a course classifier maybe seem overwhelming and intimidating, it can prove to be less of a task and more of a learning process. And a fun one at that! Plus, as I seem to re-learn every semester, one class you take may not seem to relate to others you are in, but eventually you find a connection. It’s also about applying those connections in order to utilize them within your profession and enriching yourself along the way.

Supplements (aka Gaining Experience… aka Getting Those 25 Hours)

18 Jan

As per the CSD program at my school, we are required to have 25 hours of observation of SLPs/Audiologists in order to graduate with a BS in CSD. Now, I don’t know much about other university’s programs, but I think all future SLPs and Audiologists in training need these as well. Luckily most students around here can achieve this goal in a class that my university provides. BUT… who wants to be average? Most graduate programs want people that have a list of observation/volunteer/shadowing hours that they can boast about. Of course, for those, like me, who haven’t  been volunteering at a summer camp for 5 years may be a bit perplexed as to where to find these elusive opportunities to become competitive and be able to hold those Graduate Admissions people’s gaze for longer than a second with a piece of paper. After all, it’s kinda scary knowing that you have to layout all of your hard work and extra experiences on a paper only in hopes that it’ll supplement the stellar statement of intent and amazing letters of recommendation you’ll provide. To help,I’ve compiled a list of possible places you can find these seemingly hard-to-find resume boosters.

 

*Note: I say resume builders, but you should in no way simply do these to help your chances. You should want to help people and gain experience in your field anyway! The main, and primary, reason I am doing these is because I truly like helping others and I want to get involved in my community and learn about my field. After all, if the admissions committee asks why you took part in X with Y population, you’ll be stuck if you just want to say it was for your resume. You want to have an attachment to what you do so you can elaborate on why you chose that place and how it pertains to you as a person and what you want to do in life. (The good thing about this field is that there is a vast array of places you can volunteer to suit you.)

 

Observations:

SLP/AUD offices    –    Hospitals (Childrens, Medical)   –    Specialty Places (Ear& Eye Clinics, Voice Centers, Accent Reduction Areas, Swallowing… most hospitals have these within their practices too!)   –   Daycare (Adult, Children, Handicapped/Disabled)    –    Schools (Regular, Special Ed, Deaf/Blind)   –   After School Programs  –   War Vet Places

 

Volunteering:

Library(reading to kids, tutor)  –   Education (tutor/mentor, after school, urban literacy programs)   –   SLP/AUD offices   –   Hospitals    –   Elderly home   –   Daycare (regular, special needs)    –  Youth Mentoring Programs (Big Brother/Sister, YMCA, JumpStart   –    ESL student conversation partner   –   Tutor (children, adult literacy learners, Refugees, ESL, or at your university)    –   Summer Camps for Special Needs   – ASHA convention

 

Clubs:

NSSLHA ** (local chapter, national chapter)   –   Linguistics Club   –   YMCA   –   Any about literacy, tutoring  –   volunteer clubs

 

Research:

Language and Psychology/Brain   –   Speech   –   Aural   –   Child Language Acquisition   –  Speech Disorders   *look up professors interests and e-mail ones you might like working with

 

 

Hope these ideas help! I’d say aim for 45-50 volunteer/observation hours to be competitive!

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