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Crimson Wife

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  1. I participated in a seminar through the CSD department at my alma mater that offered continuing ed unit credits. I got grades for each day of the seminar and they are listed on my transcript for summer semester along with an elective that I took for academic credit. Do I enter them in CSDCAS or not? I did no work for the seminar aside from listening to the lectures (which were really interesting and worth the time & money spent on them). I'm leaning towards entering only the course I took for credit but don't want CSDCAS to flag my application as incorrect.
  2. I do have the seminar listed under the "professional development" section of my resume along with other workshops & conferences I have attended.
  3. At Utah State online it depended on the specific class whether the graded quizzes or tests were shown. Most (maybe all? not sure) of the professors who did not show the corrected answers would still discuss the specific areas missed via email or phone upon request. Not giving the correct answers but saying "you missed the questions about topics X, Y, and Z".
  4. The other question is, what would you have to scale back on in order to study further for the GRE? I decided against retaking in order to focus more on my CSD coursework.
  5. I don't think raising your quant by 2 points is likely to make a significant difference. Now if you can raise your verbal up to 160+ (85th percentile), that would really help your chances. SLP programs place much greater emphasis on the verbal portion than the quant. I really found the Manhattan Prep 5 Lb. Book of Practice Problems to be very helpful in prepping.
  6. That's actually a really good price. We're paying for 1 month of COBRA coverage due to a job change and the cost for 2 adults with no kids would be $1330 per MONTH. When you've got employer-based coverage you don't realize how much of the premium the employer actually picks up.
  7. Manhattan Prep 5 Lb. book of practice problems. I used that plus the free Magoosh app to prep the verbal (I took the GRE the same semester as I was taking A&P so I decided to focus exclusively on the verbal portion). Very pleased with how well those 2 things prepared me for the GRE.
  8. I just got a Surface Pro 4 hybrid tablet/laptop because one of my high school friends was selling it cheap (she's a technical editor and got a new job where it wouldn't work for her needs). I really like it, much better than our MacBook and iPad. It's like the "Goldilocks" solution- does more stuff than the iPad but more portable than the MacBook.
  9. Yes, in general. However, most summer courses started in May or June. I'm taking an elective and we're on week 10 of 14 total. My oldest daughter is taking a general ed course through a different school and she's on week 4 of 6. Good luck finding a school that will still allow you to add at this late date.
  10. Do you have any SLP-related shadowing and/or volunteer experience? If not, I would work on getting some ASAP. You are going to need to convince the AdComm that you are serious in your desire to become a SLP and are not just going through normal 20something panic at having graduated & finding out that "the real world" isn't what you had hoped it would be.
  11. ASHA requires chemistry or physics, and Earth Science does not count. See standard IV-A here. There are a number of different online options. Eastern NM is the cheapest but they do not offer every course every semester the way Utah State does. The flexibility was worth paying a slightly higher per-credit tuition for USU for me personally.
  12. FYI, observation hours may need to be done through a formal academic course in order to count towards the 25 hour ASHA requirement. It really depends on the particular grad school. So if you do them on your own, you may find that they don't "count" towards those 25 required hours. I did 10 of my hours with my daughter's SLP since I always observe them through a 1-way mirror. I just don't normally write up a formal observation report. The reports I had to write for my observation class list the things mentioned by the PP (session goals, activities done, materials used, etc.) I did 5 other in-person hours at a local oral school for the deaf. I contacted the head of the SLP department (listed on the school website) and arranged it through her. The remaining 10 hours I used videotaped sessions posted by the professor. For my observation course, I was required to have observations in a variety of different clinical areas. So I used the videotaped sessions for those.
  13. Nevada-Reno has one. Are you a member of NSSLHA? There was an article on the topic in one of the issues of the ASHA Leader magazine sometime in the past year or two (they talked about the UNR clinic in it). If you search the ASHA website, it shouldn't be too hard to locate.
  14. Well, what is your back-up career if you don't get into grad school in SLP? Do you think you would want to become a BCBA or a special ed teacher? In my area, BCBA's earn a higher salary than SPED teachers but work longer hours and year-round. BCBA's are also in more of a supervisory role since they are overseeing & coaching the entry-level behavior interventionists. A SPED teacher does some oversight of the paras but her main job is teaching.
  15. According to their website OK State *DOES* in fact require the GRE for their master's in SLP. They recommend "a combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 296; a verbal GRE of 153; and an analytical writing GRE of 3.5". The PP seems to be talking about doctoral programs in English Lit so I think she accidentally posted on the wrong subforum.
  16. You won't be able to do the 2nd bachelor's at Utah State if your 1st degree was in CSD. However, you can enroll as a non-degree student.
  17. Are there any other programs out there that would qualify someone to become a neuropsychologist specializing in assessing children with hearing loss and suspected or known additional disabilities? I don't know any ASL and while I'd have a year to start learning, I'm not sure how welcome I'd be as a typically hearing parent who chose a cochlear implant for my deaf child. I've heard horror stories about bullying at Gallaudet but I don't know whether that extends to the graduate programs.
  18. Look into programs that consider the last 60 units, study your backside off for the GRE, and maybe consider doing the AAC certificate that Cal State Northridge online offers. Address the health issues in your personal statement (you don't need to get specific due to medical privacy) to explain the poor grades but make sure you stress that you're doing better now.
  19. Are you a member of NSSLSHA? I know they have a minority mentoring program that might be a good thing for you to look into.
  20. This is the Speech & Language Pathology board. Hardly any of us are going to be winding up pursuing a tenure-track position in academia with "publish or perish" pressure and a LOT of SLP positions are part-time. Even "full-time" SLP positions may only be 30 hours/week for 36 weeks/year. So yes, it is INFINITELY easier to find a position with a family-friendly schedule after grad school is over in SLP.
  21. During my 3 pregnancies I saw the OB/midwife for routine pre-natal checks at 8-9 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks, 20 weeks, 24 weeks, 26 weeks, 28 weeks, 30 weeks, and then weekly from 32 weeks until delivery at 39-41 weeks. Then there were various lab and ultrasound appointments. With 2 of my babies I failed the 1 hour glucose testing and had to do the 3 hour one. With my 3rd pregnancy, I had to go for twice-weekly "non-stress tests" where I had to be hooked up to an ultrasound machine and fetal monitor for a hour at a time. At least with that pregnancy I was already a SAHM so I didn't have to worry about missing work. With my 2nd, I went into premature labor at 27 weeks but they were able to give me a shot to stop the contractions. I was worried that they might put me on bedrest for the rest of my pregnancy and I might have to use my paid leave even before my baby came, but fortunately after an afternoon in L&D they decided I was fine to resume normal activity. I do, however, know several women who DID end up on bedrest for a good chunk of their pregnancies. If you're going to be using IVF, that raises the risk of pregnancy complications and the likelihood of needing bed rest. It will take at LEAST 6 weeks to physically recover from a standard delivery and longer for a C-section (all of mine were standard). Honestly, if you are seriously wanting to go through pregnancy during grad school rather than waiting, I would find out if there is a PT track. If you can spread out classes and the practica over 3 years rather than 2, that would make things a LOT easier on you.
  22. I can't tell whether you would be the one carrying your baby or your spouse. Pregnancy takes a physical toll on a woman and with my 2nd pregnancy I had a very rough time because I experienced horrible morning sickness from basically the time I found out I was pregnant until delivery. My OB wouldn't prescribe anti-nausea meds because I was "only" throwing up twice per day and never wound up hospitalized for dehydration. That said, if it's your spouse who will be carrying your baby, it probably isn't going to be any harder on you to be in grad school vs. employed FT after grad school. Our son was born during fall semester of my DH's last year in grad school. We timed it so that I had paid maternity leave and health insurance right up until spring semester started. The last semester we lived off of his signing bonus for his post-graduation job.
  23. Some ideas aside from those previously mentioned: -behavioral interventionist at an Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy clinic -Lindamood-Bell tutor -Newborn Hearing screener -Clinical Nurse Assistant (requires ~10 weeks of training) and then working at a SNF or for a home health agency. This would be a good route if you're interested in medical SLP.
  24. When my DH was a grad student, his last semester I was on unpaid maternity leave and no longer had health insurance coverage through my previous employer. At that time, it was cheapest to have him and our kids on the student plan and me buy my own individual "catastrophic" plan through my alma mater's alumni association. Obamacare did away with "catastrophic" plans but the new administration may allow them to be sold again. So when the fall rolls around, make sure you price out your options and don't automatically sign up for the student plan.