Why did you choose this profession?
A cousin of mine introduced me to this profession. I fell in love with it as I realized how fulfilling, worthwhile and noble this profession is as it helps others improve their communication as well as relations with others around them.
What do you enjoy about being a Speech Pathology?
I enjoy seeing my clients improving their communication. We provide them with the tools, and it is exciting to see how they achieve the goals using the strategies and tools.
What areas do you dislike about being a Speech Pathology?
I have not yet come across any area that I dislike.
What special skills does it take to be a Speech Pathology?
I am positive and patient. I am creative and passionate and I am a team player.
What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?
Scheduling the students while making sure that the speech session do not interfere the core academics.
Tell me about the hours you are used to working and your schedule.
I work from 7:30 to 4:00. I start at 7:30 a. M. And start seeing students at 8:30. During the day my schedule consists of;group speech therapy, in class observations, assessment and IEP meetings.
What are some of the benefits you are custom to as a Speech Pathology?
Team collaboration and a healthy work environment.
What are some of your most memorable experiences as a Speech Pathology?
When during a social group one of my student spontanoeosly advised the other student that it is so boring when one person keeps on talking.I felt that I was successful in providing an opportunity to generalize what she learned during therapy sessions.
What do you wish you knew starting out in your profession that you know now?
To get a lot of hands on experience by volunteering as it helps understand what we read in books.
What advancements do you expect in the future?
More opportunities for clients with special needs and learning disabilities to be understood by other students with help of more and more efforts to bring an awareness of speech needs to general school population.
How often did you work in teams as a Speech Pathology?
Mostly to plan an IEP meeting and occasionally to discuss a student referred by parents and or teachers.
What types of customer engagement have you experienced?
Yes, I had to meet parents in person and or answer concerns via phone calls. I was always a great experience to provide parents and families with suggestions and or strategies. It is important to hear concerns and try to satisfy the clients by providing mutually agreeable solutions.
What type of stressful, high pressure situations, have you experienced?
I received often received back to back preschool assessments that required extra time to observe at the preschool and complete formal assessments. I would not call it stressful, however, it required better time management on my part. I was always able to manage it well.
If you had to start over, what career would you choose instead of being a Speech Pathology?
I am enjoying the profession of speech pathology. I only wish I had come across this profession a little earlier in life.