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Speech Pathology Interview Questions

1. Can you have a patient that has an aphasia and apraxia, and if so, which one would you address first? And how?
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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), 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.
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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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When I participated in an intensive aphasia program and the client was very low level with her communication. She would get very frustrated with herself and upset when she was unable to respond correctly or express herself. One session, I gave her a pep talk and encouragement and she even came in with a better attitude and we had the best session we had throughout the program. She made so much progress and you could just see the excitement and happiness she possessed due to the success.
 
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Where the child is happy, engaged, and is making progress on his goals.
 
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Atime when a student came in and was unable to complete task bit at end of session he understood it completly and accyately and was able to explain it to others.
 
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I was working with a child diagnosed with aspergers. He had great difficulty communicating socially. He also had difficulty intiating conversation. Up until that point we had been working on greetings and pronouns 'you' 'me' and 'I' That day of the session I was shocked and thrilled, as he saw me he said 'hello Mikaela, waving eagerly. This was a home visit, so when he saw his little sister he greeted her too using her name and the waving gesture. This was a huge deal and felt very rewarding seeing this progress. Then during the lesson, he started to grasp when to use the pronouns mentioned. Instead of talking about himself as first person e. G Gary is going to play, he would say "I am...." And "you are"
 
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My best therapy session was when I helped to create a communication passport for a client with severe aphasia that helped the patient make the right choices at meal times.
 
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- identifying the goal was inappropriate - discussed with mother this - needed to work on joint attention before we moved on to word production.
 
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My best therapy session is one where the student is activitely participating in the activity.
 

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#3 of 25

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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Making a truly positive impact on someones quality of life.
 
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Working with many different individuals who struggle to communicate, where it be with speech or language. It excites me that I will be one of the professionals that will be able to help these individuals, not only communicate better but feel more comfortable with themselves.
 

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#4 of 25

Talk to me about the controversies surrounding non-speech oral exercises?

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currently there is a lack of evidence base surrounding the use of oromotor excercises to aid speech production, though there is evidence to support their use in chewing therapy and anecdotally some slts feel oromotor activities have resulted in improvements in speech intelligibility
 
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I am not familar with this so I can not speak to it.
 
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- There is no concrete scientific evidence to suggest that non-speech oral exercises provide any benefit to patients/clients with speech difficulties. - Whilst the patient/client may be able to achieve the non-speech oral exercise, they may be unable to transfer and generalise this skill to a speech sound. - Others believe that for a client who finds speech exercises too difficult, non-speech oral exercises are an appropriate beginning exercise.
 
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The evidence says that if you are doing OM exercises to improve bolus formation or swallow that the movement really needs to mimic the movment you would need them to do for example if you need them to be able to perform a lingual sweep then you would work on ROM and coordination. The exercises need to be intense to show any functional carryover. The jury still seems to be out though.
 
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EBP does not support it. It is not speech based, it is muscular based and many studies show there is minimal muscle strength needed for speech.
 
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Current research states that oral motor exercises are not effective for treatment.
 
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Some specialist say that articulation exercises is nor effective, but I use them in my practice and have very high results with make me happy.
 
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I know there are a lot of controversy regarding oral exercises for swallowing therapy, however, there is a lot of research to support certain exercises for specific areas of dysphagia.
 
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From what I understand, there are two schools of thought regarding this subject. Some speciliasts believe that the non speech oral program help in strengthening the muscles involved in articulation and therefore improve the speech ability. While there are others who believe the actual application of oro motor exercises is in improving swallowing and increasing the oro motor awareness of the patient.
 
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It will dicrese drooling and improve muscle strength.
 

Education Requirements

Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a masterís degree. They must be licensed in most states; requirements vary by state.

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#5 of 25

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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I have used oral motor exercises for stregthen and agility of the oral motor structures for clients with apraxia and dysarthria.
 
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I have had mixed results. Some success with vibration but I found speech oriented therapy to be more useful.
 
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I have not used the oral motor approach on purpose because evidence based practice is not solid that it works.
 

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#6 of 25

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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A member of the school team, which may be a teacher, parent, guardian, etc. Note that this child may be falling behind or struggling to keep up which leads to a referral to the IEP team.
 
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First the child is identified as needing special education, next he/she is evaluated, then eligibility is discussed. Finally, if the child is eligible, they have an IEP meeting with the parents and follow the program until the next evaluation is held again to measure their progress.
 
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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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A child is referred, Then we access their speech and language.
 
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Depends on the state qualifications and eligibility requirements. Typically a student is referred for evaluation, and the SLP assesses speech/language and/or articulation as needed.
 
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It depends on the schools policy for referral, but typically the patient is referred from classroom teacher for speech services, and then the SLP evaluates.
 

Work Environment

Most speech-language pathologists work full time.

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#7 of 25

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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From an early age I have sought a career which revolved around working with people to help and support those in need, making positive impacts on peoples lives. Language and communication is what makes humans unique from other species and provides us with the tools necessary to lead an independent, well rounded life. Therefore for those whom have difficulty or experience problems related to speech, language and communication may also experience difficulties on a greater scale across educational and social scales. Supporting individuals with such difficulties to gain the independence and social opportunities which many of us take for granted is therefore what motivates me to to fulfill my passion in becoming a speech and language therapist.
 
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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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My decision to pursue a career in speech language pathology was influenced by intriguing and complex phenomena involved in speech and language production. My ability to speak two languages made me think more deeply about issues concerning bilingualism, language acquisition, and communication disorders.
 

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#8 of 25

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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Yes, I helped a 5th grader see the value in accomplishing his communication goals in articulation. It was very rewarding.
 
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I had an undergrad assistant in clinic and I really loved helping her and letting her get experience working with a patient. It was really fun to build someone up like that in a positive way - especially after having some negative experiences myself. It was great to be able to put all of my positive experiences with supervisors into practice with someone who was working under me.
 
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Yes, I have and I find this aspect of speech language pathology to be a very rewarding one.
 
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Yes of course I had. I had worked in Charity organization about 8 years , and very happy that had this experience in my live. It is very thankful work, to tell the truth.
 
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I had a patient who had suffered a right cva and as a result had dysarthria and oralpharyngeal dysphagia. When I began to see her she was on a pureed diet for pleasure feedings and tube feedings for nutrition. After 12 weeks of therapy we repeated the MBSS and she was able to safely swallow thickened liquids and so we were able to advance her diet. She would call our clinic just to tell us the different beverages she was experiementing with with her thickener and it really made my day to get those calls.
 
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Indeed. I have helped many patients and students during my career and it was the most satisfying experience without doubt.
 
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Each day a student walks not my room and we both learn and try hard is success.
 

Speech Pathology Pros

1. I went into speech pathology determined to work with children and I do enjoy this facet of speech pathology. Over the course of my studies I have realised that I enjoy working with adults, family members and educators. This is partly due to the high degree of motivation that many adult clients possess and I enjoy working in partnership with them to develop and fulfil their goals. May 30th, 2012

2. The pros to a profession as a speech pathology is just seeing the joy of the child or adult when they finally get it right after their hard work. September 7th, 2012

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#9 of 25

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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Yes , my mam always say to me.
 
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My family and friends would definitely say I am a patient person for the most part. I am able to empathize with other people, however, I do expect a certain level of self responsibility from patients and their families, but no more than what I would expect from my own family.
 
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Yes, patience is definitely one of my best qualities. I grew up in a large family which taught me to be patient and to wait for my turn. Patience is an important quality to possess as an speech and language pathologist when working with kids.
 
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Definitely. I always hear praises about my patience with kids and other difficult to handle situations.
 
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Yes especially when the going gets tuff I can roll with the punches and adapt to various stressful situtiona.
 
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Yes, I think that they would tell you I am very patient in most activities in my life.
 

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#10 of 25

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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I like working with both. I have had a lot of exposure with children. However, I would love to see the adult side of things more.
 
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I enjoy working with both children and adults. I have had positive experiences with both age groups. At this time I would prefer to work with adults because I highly enjoy watching their progress after a stroke, brain injury, or when having swallowing difficulties.
 
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I enjoy both, but I really love working with kids.
 
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I have worked with both and have enjoyed both tremendously.
 
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Working with children is more interesting, you become child , but working with adults is interesting too.
 

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#11 of 25

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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I have worked with both pediatric and adult language disorders from expressive/receptive language deficits, aphasia, apraxia, and cognitive disorders for 18 years within a variety of settings.
 
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During my internship I worked with individuals with word finding difficulties, expressive and receptive aphasia.
 
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I have worked with a variety of clients with language disorders during my graduate studies, including children with specific language impairment and bilingual children with language disorders.
 
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I have experience with stuttering, with aphasia, with sounds impairments and e. G
 
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I have a lot of experience working with children with language disorders. The majority of my caseload at one of the schools I worked at last year were children with language disorders. I have found that vocabulary instruction is effective, as well as providing a language-rich environment and modeling what good language structure looks like and sounds like.
 
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During my clinical training in Degree and Internship, I had more experience with the Adult population diagnosed with Language disorders. But During my experience at my previous employers, I had more of a pediatric case load, mostly with language disorders.
 

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#12 of 25

What are your thoughts about inclusion and pull outs as therapy models?

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I think it is the least restrictive method and I think it works best unless there are extreme limitations.
 
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I think it is the least restrictive method and I think it works best unless there are extreme limitations.
 
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I think it is the least restrictive method and I think it works best unless there are extreme limitations.
 
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I think both models can be very successful if done correctly.
 
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I believe it depends on the student and whether or not direct intervention needs to occur to make progress.
 
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My thoughts are that I believe as long as a child can learn within the classroom and the SLPA can push in therapy that is the best environment. However, I support the idea that some children really need that one on one session within the speech room.
 
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One should work and educate himself during all his life, becuse our life change very fast.
 
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I like inclusion because it gives the student a chance to be with other students on their grade level, however, pull outs are necessary for those that need 1-1 sessions which is determined by the testing and IEP.
 
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I think both are great tools that help our children enrolled in speech language services. However, depending on the needs and characteristics of the child pull out may have more benefits than inclusion. Pull out therapy models allow us to have that one on one attention or allow us to provide therapy in small groups. Some may think that small groups would pose a problem but in fact it does the opposite. Its a great way to allow feedback from their peers and also shows how one should act in the environment with getting the chance to have interactions. Inclusion is also great for those students that may be embarrassed by getting pulled out of class to go to the speech room. It still offers benefits but not at the expense of their self esteem.
 
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I think, when possible, inclusion provides the most positive outcome for individuals in therapy. It is extremely important for them to have the opportunity to be with their typical peers, who also can be helpful for therapy because they provide good examples. The pull out model is good for individual therapy but I feel allows for little carry over of techniques in to other settings and situations.
 

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#13 of 25

Why are you the best candidate for us?

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I bring the diversity to the field also I am able to help students that speaks spanish and also I am aware of diffrent cultures.
 
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I am not new working with children, I think you will find from my resume that I have many years of experience working with children and working in schools to hone my skills in helping, connecting and motivating students. As a male, I think I bring a unique perspective to helping kids that may be otherwise difficult to motivate.
 
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Because I have over 25 years of working in speech therapy and I work well with children and staff.
 
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Because I have over 25 years of working in speech therapy and I work well with children and staff.
 
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Because I have experience, I love child I fill happy when I do my work.
 
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I am the best candidate for you because I am a hard-worker, a team player, a life-long learner an will not disappoint you. I am so passionate about speech and language therapy and feel that I am very qualified for this position.
 
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I am felxible and able to work in a variety of settings, I feel that I can provide the servies needed for each individual patient and assit them in improving their daily life .
 
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I skipped some questions and couldn't go back to answer them, that doesn't help. I am a good candidate because I am willing to learn, enjoy research and passing on my knowledge to students.
 
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I am the best candidate because my commitment to excellent work standards will add value to your company. One of the first things I learned was that hard work is the key to success. I'm aware that working hard makes the difference and I have put in the hours and effort to ensure I can offer the best services. My motivation, desire and drive push me to achieve more and more everyday with the mindset to never settle.
 
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Not only do I have the required experience, skills, and qualifications for the job, I am a driven individual who strives to do the best at any task I am given. I am passionate about speech language pathology and am eager to begin my journey providing services that make a positive impact!
 

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#14 of 25

Describe any clinical experience you have had in undergrad.

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In undergrad, we were given the opportunity to work with a client in the aushc. This allowed me to add clinic experience to my classroom knowledge and really enhance my initial experience with speech therapy.
 
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I had experience with dysarthria, stuttering, swallow problems.
 
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I was in our university clinic for my first year of graduate school. During this time, I worked with a elderly man who had a stroke and needed to work on social communication skills as well as word retrieval skills. Following that, I worked with children with articulation disorders, a 2-year old child who was non-verbal and was suspected to have autism, and a child who was internationally adopted from Russia who came to us to work on social language and literacy skills. Once I was off-site, I worked in a nursing home with adults with swallowing difficulties as well as cognitive therapy needs. Following that, I was placed in a hospital setting in an Autism center where we evaluated and treated individuals with Autism from ages 2-21 years. Lastly, I was placed in a school setting in which I worked with k-5th grade students with speech and language impairments.
 
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One of the experiences that helped me during my future was the fact I had to work in different circumstances such out in the hallway, in book closets and never really had a room of my own.
 
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The clinical experience that I had during undergrad was at St. Elizabeth hospital where I got the privilege to job shadow. Here, I got to see a great deal that goes into our profession and how one day changes from the next. Within my days here I got to be at the outpatient clinic, the hospital itself and also down in radiology for the swallow studies. Another aspect of clinical experience that I gained as a undergrad was learning the technique and ability to write lesson plans and SOAP notes for our clients.
 
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I did not have experience working clinically with individuals during my undergraduate studies but I had hours of clinical observation throughout my coursework.
 
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I did not have any clinical experience in undergrad.
 
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I had the opportunity to observe multiple clinicians in multiple settings during my undergraduate level. I then also had the opportunity to work under a speech clinician in the school setting for 3 days a week during my final semester at Geneva College. I was able to have my own case load and worked with multiple disorders. I made multiple lesson plans and even made my own materials to help with corresponding lessons.
 
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During my undergraduate education, we were not provided with any hands-on clinical experience. I did, however, observe many different therapy sessions in a wide variety of settings, including schools and hospitals.
 
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Per ASHA's laws, I have completed 25 hours of clinical observations prior to graduate school. These observations ranged from videos, to actual therapy sessions in elementary and high school.
 

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#15 of 25

Describe how you currently work or communicate with caregivers?

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I allow my supervising SLP to do most of the formal communication other than general info and info such as what we did in the session.
 
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I feel it is very important to consider the cultural background while communicating with the caregivers. It is also very important to listen to their concerns and needs. My priority is to explain the pertaining details with patience and listen to their response. It is important to make decisions that involve caregivers and satisfy their concerns to the maximum.
 
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We have several ways. I communicate via email, parent/teacher conferences, homework sent home and IEPs. These avenues help communicate day to day activities along with the the overall goals.
 
4.
Now I do not work, but before I use to work in children neurologists hospital, then in Charity organization, It was really full of result and I was satisfy this years.I had many patients whom I helped.
 
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In the tenure with my previous employer ie, Five Pediatric services, there was a huge focus on involving the families of children we treated, into the therapy program and therapy sessions. This gave me expertise on handling the caregivers in a way that will assist the success of the therapy program. It is crucial to motivate the caregivers as well as give them a good understanding about the patients findings and prognosis.
 
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Very communicative and am interested to motivate and hive hope them.
 
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I commuicated on a daily basis with nurses, aids, dietician and family members regarding current deficits and use of diet modificsations or strategies that assist with general care of patient.
 
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If given the chance to talk with the parent or caregiver, I normally discuss what goes on during the session and then ask them to give the student an opportunity for language stimulation at home.
 
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Caregivers are the base to help with the person involved and need to be aware of concerns, it is good to establish a good rapport to gain progress.
 
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I communicate with caregivers in a way that helps build a relationship of trust. I ensure my vocabulary is presented in nontechnical terms. I always check my body language so that it is open and not sending any nonverbal signals of annoyance or that I don't want to be there. I always make it a point to stop throughout my explanations to make sure they are following and understanding me. If there are questions, I may bring out my notes to have visuals to go along with my words or even invite them into the therapy session to watch.
 

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#16 of 25

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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Playing , speaking with children much, articulation massage.
 
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I use scaffolding the most in speech therapy. I think it is important in order for the child to learn the skill and to acquire the skill. It is important to recognize when you need to change your level of support.
 
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Dysphagia- modification of diets and educating patient, familu and staff on use of compenstraties to improve safety of swallowing.
 
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The method I use most is working from auditory discrimination of correct/incorrect productions, production of sound in isolation in various positions of words, phrases and sentences. Then generalizing to spontaneous speech.
 
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I do the articulation therapy process practicing first on sound isolation, then syllables, word, sentence and then conversation level.
 
8.
I really enjoy using storybooks to work on all aspects of language. So guided storybook intervention.
 
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It depends on the student's IEP and testing results which encourage the type of therapy to use, language, speech programs using Chompsky, Skinner or Browns stages,
 
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The speech therapy method that I practice most varies because I want to do whats best for my client rather than what I am most comfortable with as a clinician.
 

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#17 of 25

What are your research interests?

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I am interested in oral motor therapy and staying current in therapy techniques.
 
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According to my experience I should say that after any assessment of my patient I will research for new approaches and methods in assessment and treatment, like stuttering, aphasia.
 
3.
As a school-based Speech Pathologist, I am interested in a variety of topics.
 
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I am interested in fluency and the nuances of treatment for it. I am also interested in PD and the research I did on increasing approaches to increase intensity in PD patients.
 
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I am interested in the preschool autistic population and the use of ipad technology to facilitate communication.
 
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I am very interested in learning more about Autism and the different intervention strategies that are used to benefit children in their environment.
 
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I am interested in researching Attention Deficit disorders and the impact this disorder has on communication skills.
 
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Now I am interested in reading English medical literature , especially concerning with my occupaition.
 
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I have a passion for working with non-verbal children who require augmentative and assistive technology in order to communicate. Since technology is forever changing and growing, I am constantly researching and try to stay current on augmentative and alternative communication.
 
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I would like to involve myself in research in the field of Language disorders, especially on quantifying the results of different Language therapy strategies in patients with Acquired Language disorders.
 

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#18 of 25

What excercise do you encourage the most for NS-OME?

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I rarely do non-speech oral motor exercises. I would recommend some talk tools for jaw stability.
 
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Tongue exercises if it is with articulation like the sound /r/. Have the train the tongue to move in different directions.
 
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It really depends on the child and what their biggest problem is. The most effect oral motor exercises for children are typically labial and lingual exercises.
 
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Blowing, kissing, looking in the mirror and smiling, sticking out tongue, retracting tongue. Protruding lips.
 
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I think tongue exercises are the most important/effective since the tongue is involved in the articulation of almost all speech sounds.
 
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In my education, I was always told not to focus on non- speech oral motor exercise.
 
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Since I do not have much experience with NS-OME, I am not sure which exercises I would encourage the most.
 
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I believe that the most beneficial exercise would consist of exercising the cheeks and lips to allow for better air pressure and articulation support. This would include blowing motions, puffing out the cheeks, and making kissing lips.
 
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I currently do not have experience in using NS-OME. However, I'd be willing to learn about the different exercises to possibly implement in a treatment plan for future clients.
 
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If I am in a situation where I have to use a Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercise, I would most likely use cheek puffing or tongue wags. Both help with tongue movements for articulation and proper breathing techniques.
 

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#19 of 25

Describe to me your graduate education?

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My graduate education consisted of a wide variety of classes and clinical experiences that I believe, prepared me greatly for my career.
 
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I graduated from university and become speech therapist.
 
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I attended _____ university which has a rural focus, with an aim to retain country people in country jobs. It equips us to specifically deal with issues around indigenous health, and difficulties in providing health education, assessment and therapy to regional and remote areas. It also looked at alternative methods to achieve this, like training people within the community and telehealth, and different models of service provision.
 
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I have an AA degree in slpa, and completed two slpa internships, one school based, one clinically based with severe population.
 
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I received an education based on the ideas of theory and how each mechanism, being voice/swallowing mechanisms or cognition, functions properly and what it looks like to have a disorder. We also focused on assessment and therapy procedures. Keeping up with the best and current evidence based practice was emphasized at each level. We also received intense therapy training with patients ranging 18 months to 90 years focusing primarily on speech, language, and cognition.
 
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My graduate education has been intensive. I began working in the clinic the second week of classes. Each semester I worked with one adult and one child with very different communication difficulties.
 
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I received a Master of Arts degree in speech language pathology from the University of Northern Iowa.
 
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As previously mentioned, I completed my graduate education at St. Louis University as well. Being in a city provided me and my fellow classmates with many different opportunities for our externships as well as the opportunity to work with a variety of different populations as well as socio-economic statuses. We had a small class size, supportive faculty and many opportunities to discover which path you wanted to take (i. E. Medical, educational, geriatrics, pediatrics, etc).
 
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Kent State Universit where in completed clinical experience in the university voice clinic, English Language Proficiency clinic, Aural rehab clinic, Family child learning center, and a practicum at the Garfield Hospital in CLeveland Ohio.
 
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My graduate education involved a lot of hands on practical experiences in different settings. I had experience in a hospital setting, working with older adults in a nursing home and with children in an elementary school.
 

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#20 of 25

What kind of help do you need to do your best work?

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I like to use a transdisciplinary approach to help my students to reach their full potential. To do this, I would need good communication with the family, teacher, ot, pt and other professionals working with the student.
 
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Space to work.
 
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I need collaboration and support from my supervising slp.
 
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I need collaboration and support from my supervising slp.
 
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I need collaboration and support from my supervising slp.
 
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A positive, respectful and trustworthy environment.
 
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Knowledge of the childs current level of functioning and their likes and dislikes.
 
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Help children and adults with disabilities to improve their communication skills.
 
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I need a supervisor available to answer questions that might arise.
 
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I need just support and friendly surrounding.
 

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#21 of 25

What are your experiences working with articulation?

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I have a great deal of experience working with children who present with articulation errors. I have worked with children as young as 4, as well as children who are 18.
 
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I have both treatment and evaluation experience regarding articulation, most frequently with school aged children.
 
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I worked with child who has cerebral fault and as you know they have oral cavity and muscles impairments. We together did oral cavities massage , tang massage and exercising them work with breath and so on.
 
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I have a lot of experience with working on articulation. When working with individuals on the articulation of speech sounds, it is important to work on the placement of the articulators, discuss the manner in which the speech sound is produced and whether or not you use your voice for the sound. It is also important to incorporate auditory discrimination activities so the individual knows what the sound sounds like. I like to provide reinforcement intermittently and provide the individual with a lot of the practice and repetition of the speech sound.
 
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I had a few very motivated children with misarticulation during my clinical training at the Speech Pathology department at the JSS Hospital in Mysore. The parents of these children were as enthusiatic as me in reaching the therapy goals. This could have also contributed to the success of therapy in these children, in a very short time frame.
 
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We can see good prognosis.
 
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Some articulation treatment with children and adults but is on the lower level of my experience.
 
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I have had a lot of experience working with articulation and phonological disorders.
 
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I enjoy working with articulation with students. Sometimes they are not hearing the phoneme or don't know how to make a sound. They also need a reason to speak and communicate.
 
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My experience with working with articulation is having to do two different cases with test administration, scoring, analysis and preparing a treatment plan. The KLPA2 and Golden Fristoe were used in the one assessment and the BBTOP was used in the others.
 

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#22 of 25

What are your experiences working with cognitive disabilities?

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I worked three years in LTF that include geriatric patients with cognitive linguistic deficits. Patients with dementia and language deficits composed a large percentage of our coaseload. Also patients post MVA / TBI usually exhibite deficits in memory, excutive functions and attention.
 
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3 years experience in rehab and acute settings assessing diagnosing and providing inter-d management of cognitie deficits. Patients presenting with progressive neuro deficits, including dementia, also post stroke, MVA's TBI's. Run both individual and group therapy to reduce impairments, provide education and give compensation strategies to the client and families. Expereince with neglect/inattention, memory, attention, and executive deficits.
 
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I have experience working with cognitive disabilities during my practicum in aphasia. I currently work with children and do not have the opportunity.
 
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I have worked with students with cognitive impairments and I provide multi-sensory cueing, modeling and repetition to aid them in improving their communication skills.
 
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I have experience in acute rehab and in outpatient with patients with post-concussive syndrome.
 
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I have patience with cognitive disabilities, it is very hard work, but when you achieve even small result it is rewarding.
 
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I worked in a nursing home in graduate school and provided cognitive therapy to individuals who had recently fallen or were diagnosed with dementia. We would work on activities of daily living, memory books and word recall strategies. I have also worked with children with cognitive disabilities including children with down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and children with low intelligence.
 
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Larage amount of experience since I have worked with a geriatric popilation for majority of career. Memory strategies established and education of staff and fammily.
 
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As in TBI, students may need more visuals, more information to help understand our language and concepts.
 
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My experience working with cognitive disabilities is that I volunteered to be apart of special olympics organization. It was a very fulfilling experience.
 

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#23 of 25

Speech therapy can cost your patient a lot of money, do you worry about the cost for the patient when doing your job?

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Yes I do. I know that many insurance companies do not cover speech therapy or only cover a minimal amount of visits. I try to be aware of the coverage and do the best I can to provide services that benefit the patient in a cost effective manner as quickly as possible.
 
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No,definitely not.
 
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No, I hope to work in the government sector, where patients do not have to pay for speech pathology services.
 
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Actually I will chose the best for my patient, for patents who could not pay our sessions fee I could implement some strategies to cowork whit them.
 
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I sympathize with the patient regarding the cost. However, I am aware that the therapy will assist them to reach their full potential and would not be available without the cost.
 
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Yes, the cost is important for the patient. If the patient cannot afford speech therapy and decide not to go, it can really hurt the child and their speech production and progress. They may not get the needs necessary.
 
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No of course, I have experience working as a volunteer and I was satisfy really with result of remediation.
 
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Yes, definitely. Since therapies are costly, it is important to me to stay current in order to provide the best therapy I can.
 
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I consider the patient first and why I am there for him/her.
 
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Yes, I worry about the cost to my patient when I am doing my job. I worry because it is also my job to make sure that the services I am providing are covered under their insurance or that my place of work takes their coverage. I do not want my patients to have to be stuck with a bill because the lack of acknowledgment from me to fulfill my duties.
 

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#24 of 25

Are you okay working the same career for 30 years?

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Yes, as long as I am helping others and continuing my own learning.
 
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Yes, being a speech pathologist for 30 years is something I plan to do. Unlike doing the same mundane duties as in another career, I believe that I will be working with a variety of different clients, helping them better their lives.
 
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Absolutely. I want to see the kids I work with improve in overall communication.
 
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Yes, with great pleaser if I be able to do my best.
 
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Yes. I think the nice thing about speech and language therapy is that every day is different and every child is different. I also think it is nice that as a speech therapist, you can work in a variety of settings.
 
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Yes. I love working adults and the elderly. I can easily relate and have a good rapport with the majority of my patients. It is challenging but also rewarding to help those in need.
 
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Yes I am okay working the same career for 30 years because there is such a variety in this field that you can't do it all in a life time.
 
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A career in speech pathology provides extreme flexibility. I have the opportunity to work with a variety of age groups in a variety of settings. Essentially I would not have to work the "same" career because there is plenty of opportunities to move in to another aspect of the field.
 
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Yes. As long as it is in an area that I know I will enjoy being in, I will be comfortable with working there for 30 years, or even longer.
 
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I believe that this is the career that I will be working for the next 30 years easily. I have such a passion and love for this career and a love for all the people who I would be helping. I can see myself thoroughly enjoying and thriving in this profession for many more years to come.
 

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#25 of 25

Do you like to work in teams or are you an individual achiever?

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I enjoy working in teams and learning from other professionals.
 
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Both, I am self motivated and have alot of initiative, but I like to collaborate with other slaps and slps.
 
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I enjoy working with a team in an multidisciplinary approach but also work well as an individual SLP with my own caseload.
 
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Although I am a self-starter, I definitely work well with teams. I like collaboration and make a point to communicate with teachers and the rest of the team often to review progress.
 
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Team work and collaboration are an essential part of sucess. Teachers, therapist and administration must work together to best meet the needs of each student.
 
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I like to do both, just want to be useful.
 
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I enjoy working on teams. I think collaboration is so important in order to best serve the child or adult. Therapies are most effective when everyone is working towards one common goal and on the same page.
 
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I enjoy both. I do not have a problem working independly if needed. I feel very comfortable in providing speech services and when assistance is needed I will seek the help. I also enjoy working with nursing, social services and other therapies to achieve a continuum of care for the patient.
 
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Both...Depends on the situation.
 
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I am more of an individual achiever because I like to have that feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day. Also I like being able to learn from my mistakes and not be told what to do. However, I can also be a team player because I also believe that two heads work better than one. In the team setting you can bounce ideas off one another to ensure that what you are doing is right.
 
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