Speech Pathology
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1. What are your experiences using oral motor approach to improve speech clarity?
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Mixed success using this method. I find it can be really useful for patients in increasing overall awareness of their oral structures and articulatory positions during speech in those who are dyspraxic or dysarthric. This can increase speech intelligibility. I have found that functional speech tasks have proven more successful in speech intelligibility gains, also patients often prefer functional 'relevant' exercises.
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Oral motor exercsies are useful in inproving the strength and rangae of motion of intra oral structures for both swallowing and speech fumctions in patients post stroke , specifically those who are diagnosed with dysarthria and apraxia. Also I found them hepful in head and neck nancer patients. Clinical based literature revealed therapeutic value of using such excercsies in increasing speech intelligibility.
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People who have dysarthria require exercises in placment and velocity to improve speech. Working on strength would not help improve speech. I have worked on this w/ people before and I will have them work on the phonemes in syllables and words to make the movement more functional.
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I have experience using oral motor exercises to improve speech intelligibility. My results have been mixed. In some clients it made no difference in their intelligibility. In others, it worked.
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I have experienced mixed results. For some clients it provides awareness of their articulators and their positioning during speech. Some clients however find this approach uncomfortable.
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I use a variety of oral motor exercises as well as tools such as whistles to increase strength in the oral motor muscles.
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There is lots of debates around whether this actually works, no evidence.
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2. Why did you decide to become a Speech and Language pathologist?
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Because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the children and adults with whom I have worked.
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I became a Speech and Language Pathologist so that through my lifetime of working to provide for myself and my family, I may also help others. I was blessed with a natural disposition to work harmoniously with others, as well as, empathetic to people with disabilities. As a teenager I was drawn to babysitting because I loved being around young children. It was rewarding to create a safe and fun environment for them. As a college student I realized I had a passion for health and learning about the human brain and body. My Dad had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when I was a child which definitely played a role in my choice to become an SLP. The combination of wanting to work with children, help others who were sick or disabled, natural tendency to love socializing and communicating with those around me, made the decision of which profession to pursue easy. I have never regretted my choice.
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I was exposed to it as my brother was thought to have apraxia of speech, he was virtually non-verbal until 4yrs. Through speech pathology my brother came to communicate which reduced his frustration. Also, my two passions in life are communication (relationships) and eating! If I can help someone do either of these two things I feel that helps achieve quality of life, and makes all the hard work worth it.
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My younger cousin was diagnose with autism at a young age. I been came more interested in the field and I enjoy helping other overcome obstacles and reach their highest potential.
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Frankly speaking 15 years ago when I was high school student, my mother injured in accident, after that she went to speech therapy clinic, so I decide to become speech therapist to help patient with any speech and language disorders.
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When growing up I thought I wanted to be a teacher so I volunteered in a classroom my senior year of high school. When I went to my community college I took 2 years of ASL and that really interested me. I also was a nanny for a boy that had speech disorder and throughout the time I nannied for him I was able to notice how much more confident he was in speaking. I knew that I wanted to work with children and I decided after that speech therapy was something I was interested in as communication is such an important aspect in life. I want to be able to help those who are less fortunate in that area and be able to be confident with themselves and it seems so rewarding.
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My nephew has cerebral palsy and my father inlaw had a stroke. They both inspired me to want to learn more.
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I originally started out wanting to be a teacher, then I took a couple of ASL classes and a deaf culture class, and I became interested in speech. I like the idea of helping people and being a positive influence on their lives.
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3. Describe to me your best therapy session?
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When the client is engaged and motivated and is showing progress.
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I enjoy seeing the progress that students/patient make in improving their communication.
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While doing an internship I was treating a man with aphasia, he had a girlfriend and wanted to be able to send her appropriate text messages because he had word finding difficulties, we began practicing with messages and appropriate phrases and after a few sessions he and I shared a conversations through text.
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4. Describe the special education referral process.
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Depends on the workplace's policies and procedures regarding special education referrals.
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Child is referred. speech assesses.
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The special ed referral process entails observing, testing,and trial and error of workable techniques.
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It depends on the schoold current policies and procedures that they currently have in place.
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I think it depends on the schools policies and procedures, but I think the child is evaluated and then referred for a speech evaluation if necessary.
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5. What excites you the most about speech therapy?
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Seeing my patients improve their relationships and quality of life.
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Seeing people improve their ability to speak and comprehend. Seeing advancements within someone is extremely exciting, knowing that they made changes based on their own efforts.
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The ability to interact closely with another person to help them achieve their maximum potential.
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That it is always changing and always challenging. No two clients or clients situations are alike, therefore everyday is different. I am always learning new things and finding better ways to do something or explain something. And it's just so rewarding. The smallest gain in someone's communication or swallowing can mean so much to them. To be able to help people achieve quality of life is an amazing feeling.
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Seeing the smallest gain can be thrilling. Seeing kids grow and make progress is wonderful to experience. Also, no two speech sessions are the same.
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What excites me most about speech therapy is that it's always something new! Yes, you may have 3 children all working on the sound /r/, but each one has a different personality, different ways of producing it, and therefore need different therapy techniques!
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The ever changing nature of the field. Having a patient/client become a more successful communicator.
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Being able to help a child and see them make progress, which will have a positive influence on the rest of their lives.
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6. Have you helped a patient/student before? How rewarding was that for you?
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Yes, it was very rewarding to see them improve their relationships with others through improved communication skills.
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Yes, I have helped a patient learn to take train from home to downtown.
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I have had success with many patients/students in my several years as a SLP. I remember one patient in particular that used very few words and was very intelligible, as we worked through threapy he became more intelligible during each session. He began talking with people in the waiting room and soon was ready to be ischarged from services. It was a very rewarding experieince for both of us.
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7. Would your friends or family, say you have a good patience?
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Yes, I have a lot of patience which I developed through years of working with young children.
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Most definitely. They know I am very positive and patient, giving my clients the full time to feel comfortable and make progress.
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Yes, I am patient and willing to try new ways/modify techniques to maximize success.
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They would say that I have very good patience. You need to have good patience in this field. Often times you do not see sudden progress.
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8. Do you prefer working with children or adults?
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They are both so different, and I guess that is the best ting about being able to work with both. With children, it's amazing to know that the changes you can instill now can affect them in a positive way for the rest of their lives. With adults, it's really interesting to learn about the lives they have already lead and to use those experiences to learn the skills they need.
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I prefer to work with children, but I am very open to working with adults, and think more experience with them would be very beneficial.
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I would perfer to work with adults because I feel that children can be pronouncing words a certain way because they aren't grown up yet.
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It really doesn't matter.
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Children, but I am very open to working with adults.
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9. What speech therapy method do you practice the most?
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Individual therapy.
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Small group therapy, integrating the individual goals.
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10. What experience do you have working with language disorders?
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Clinical only.
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I have worked with students with language disorders for 18 years.
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I have worked with children with delayed language to help develop vocab and age appropriate length of sentences, and with children with autism and other special needs.
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I've worked in paediatric outpatient clinic where we see clients with language disorders. Following detailed assessment with something like the celf we then provide individual and group therapy where we find the key is to find a good language model, ie a parent and train them to be an example and to give lots of positive opportunities to practice, as well as how to give constructive and positive feedback to the child.
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Speech Pathology
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
95%
Easy
Provided
Three Weeks
47 Hrs/Wk

Human communication includes speech (articulation, intonation, rate, intensity, voice, resonance, fluency), language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), both receptive and expressive language (including reading and writing)[1], and non-verbal communication such as facial expression, posture and gesture. Swallowing problems managed under speech therapy are problems in the oral and pharyngeal stages and sometimes esophageal stages of swallowing.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speech_pathology
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