Speech-Language Pathologist Q&A

hey guys and welcome to the speech minute today I'm filming a Q&A I asked on Instagram if you guys had any questions pertaining to the field and you guys sent them in and now I'm answering them so if you guys hear thunder lightning it's raining but this is the only time I could film girls are napping I'm like try to answer them in a order of like undergrad graduate in the program but sorry if I don't answer it in that order what are your undergraduate tips so my undivided I did not do it in communication science disorders but that's what I recommend for you to do if you want to get into a good masters program and you want to do it as quickly as possible so I did my undergraduate in psychology I mean nothing to do with speech pathology so I decided to be an SLP the last semester of my program after shadowing somebody an SLP for three months so what I recommend that you do as an undergraduate take it in communication Sciences Saurus usually those are the prerequisites that you need in order to get to your master's program what university did you attend and what university do you suggest and why I chose Nova because it was the most established University in South Florida it had a accredited speech pathology program the longest out of the other universities and it also started a pilot program called Beaudoin that was a preschool just for children with ASD autism spectrum disorder so that's why I chose Nova what do you believe is a good GPA to get into grad school and GRE so Nova did not require a GRE so I can take it and a good TPS 3.7 and above how long did it take for you to become an SLP so because I didn't get my undergraduate degree in communication scientists orders it took me longer than usual to get my master's program because I had to do some prerequisites in the master's program so for me it took me I think three-and-a-half years after your graduate with your BA did you have to wait a year and get a certificate before you got into the master's program No what some people do is say get a student ticket to be an SLPA is speech-language pathology assistant I didn't do that I did not become an SLPA before an SLP what advice would you give to someone who is struggling in this major just keep going find yourself a buddy and keep pushing drink a lot of coffee study stick a study there's it's what you really want to do no matter what program you're in no matter what field you're in you always have to do struggle a little bit and for me I look back at graduate school when I feel like that was a long time ago so keep moving on girl what were the best ways to study for exam so for me I am somebody that has to write it out 500 million times and I would also record myself like record reading the notes I would record myself so I would say the notes record myself and just listen to it all the time on the way to class my way back home in the car all the time what were the pros and cons of the SLP program / University you decided to attend a pro is once I came down to clinicals our university Nova had an in-house clinic so we had in-house clinic we were in there we had our supervisors watching us monitoring us and we were providing therapy in-house so super easy super convenient cons nope no cons really to be honest any tips on balancing grad school and personal life for me it was to be super organized keep a planner keep track of everything and have a buddy I literally had a buddy and me and her would study together we do everything together take all the same classes together and if it wasn't for her she really really helped me and I really helped her what advice you give to people who are looking into the SLP field do your research and I highly recommend Ashlyn calm Asha calm gives you tons of information of what it really means to be an SLP and all of the different sub categories that you can do as an S Sookie um and just freed up ask around you know anybody who's an SLP shadow I highly recommend shadowing somebody that's what made me fall in love with the field I kind of had an idea that I wanted to be an SLP or an OT or an ABA because some of you might know my brother has autism so I grew up in that setting but I didn't know exactly where I wanted to be so I did an internship which I highly recommend that you guys do and that's how I figured out I wanted to be an SLP how was your CF experience so it was both good and bad I did it in two places so my first place my first job it was a little bit of a factory sessions were only 30 minutes and it was boom boom boom non-stop it was 8:30 in the morning till 7 o'clock at night I had my first child so it was pretty stressful for me and I was coming home very late so I didn't last there very long I then found the place that I'm at now which I absolutely love till this day I'm still here and I absolutely love it and there was a great second part of my CF experience in what setting do you work I work in a pediatric private practice how long did it take for you to find employment after graduation I hadn't even graduated and I already had my job so there are tons of the jobs out there you just have to find the right one there's contracting companies that are always contacting me schools districts are always contacting me and they're always contacting all of my friends that are in the field as well so there's tons of sessions out there how many patients do you treat a week and what is a typical schedule like in your setting so for me I work thirty I work four days a week 30 hours and I see between 7 & 8 patients a day if I do not have any cancellations what's typical is usually five days a week seven to eight hours so forty hours a week is pretty typical in my field worst part about being an SLP documentation and caregivers slash parents who are uncooperative do you ever have to deal with difficult people like and how do you handle that yes I have to deal with difficult people I even have to deal with doctors sometimes where they don't approve therapy and I have to call them and explain why the patient needs therapy I have to deal with parents I have to advocate for my patients and make sure that there's carryover and sometimes there isn't and you just have to roll with the punches there's only so much that you can do and you try your best and you just don't take anything personal what are some places you could work as an SLP so hospital skilled nursing facility assisted living facility school private practice outpatient centers home health missing anything and then like you owning your own private practice and providing therapy on your own do you and your husband run an assisted living home yes we do next question how did you become a bilingual SLP so I'm bilingual and I'm gonna Sophie um I don't know how to answer that question so how did you become a bilingual SLP I am proficient in both English and Spanish I put that on my resume so the setting that I was in they already knew that I was bilingual so then they would give me by laying pool patients or they would give me spanish-speaking patients or they would give me english-speaking patients hope you guys enjoyed this Q&A thank you so much for watching


  1. I’m a junior in my undergrad for CSD at Missouri State; this video was incredibly helpful! 💙

  2. In the practice of SLP in pediatric setting at the hospital, is it possible that SLP's use stethoscope?

  3. This was so helpful. Please continue with your videos because there aren’t a lot of slp videos. And yay I’m the first one to comment ❤️

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