Meen521

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  1. Hey all, So for the past few months, I had decided on pursuing speech therapy as a career. I received a lot of observation hours and really, really enjoyed the field. Recently, I learned about occupational therapy, and now I'm torn between the two professions. I personally enjoy both fields, as I wouldn't mind helping people with speech or motor/occupational issues. Both fields go hand-in-hand usually anyway. However, I've heard SLP is more political, has more paperwork, and also relatively more stressful. OT seems to be less boring to me, but it involves helping people with things like going to the bathroom and things like that...and I don't think I would like doing that! (Is it possible to be an OT and not do those kinds of things?) I would really like to work with kids....and if I'm not mistaking, you can decide which setting to work in with both professions? Any advice would be much appreciated! Pros/cons, etc. Thanks!
  2. Hey all, I was wondering what everyone is doing for their extracurricular activities/work or volunteer experience related to SLP that you will write in your application. I know graduate schools for SLP are very competitive....so what are you doing stand out?
  3. Hey everyone! I graduated from UCLA two months ago and have been interning/volunteering with SLPs and OTs ever since. I reallly love the field of SLP. I won't be able to go back to school until September of next year, and in the mean time, I could really use a job! I have been applying to Behavior Interventionist jobs lately, but I keep getting rejected from them because I don't have enough experience working with autistic kids. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on what jobs I can have now that is related to a field in SLP? Thank you!!!
  4. Thanks for your help! I actually applied for BI positions, but I keep getting rejected because I don't have enough experience. I just graduated 2 months ago and have been volunteering with special ed/ot/slp since graduating. How were you able to land a BI job? did you have a lot of prior experience?
  5. Thank you very much!! very helpful.
  6. Hello everyone! So I've been looking into SLP for a while, and I've been interning/volunteering at elementary/high schools and also at a clinic. I really love the field and think I have finally decided on pursuing it. However, I have applied for a Behavioral Interventionist job because I believe that it is very relevant for SLP. I will be able to work with special-ed individuals, and also SLPs/OTs. I have been hearing a lot of crazy stories about being a BI though. My friend told me how she gets bitten almost every day and also slapped. I want to go into SLP because I like the whole communication/speech aspect of it, but don't think I am as passionate with dealing with behavioral issues. In other words, I don't want to work with violent individuals one day. I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice with my current situation. Does this mean that I shouldn't even pursue SLP? Will I be able to deny certain patients if I feel as though I am not comfortable working with them? thank you!!!
  7. SLP - emotionally draining?

    That's very helpful. Thank you so much.
  8. I've recently become really interested in SLP so I decided to shadow SLPs in a high school. I now feel as though it's a really emotionally draining field. A lot of the kids are autistic and have behavioral impairments as well. It was really hard for me to watch one child on walkers barely able to communicate or understand what I was saying. I worry that I won't be able to handle the emotional aspect of SLP. Has anyone ever felt this way? Can you offer some advice about this? I love how the field is so rewarding, and I really want to help these kids, but I'm concerned about my own sensitivity. Would you think working in clinics or with younger children, it wouldn't be as difficult? I think since I'm very new to this, I'm not as resilient. Maybe I'll "get used to it" as the years go by? Thanks in advance for your advice!
  9. Hey all, I earned my BA in Psychology this year, but I want to go into SLP. For someone who does not have a degree in communication disorders, is a post-bacc program completely necessary to apply for a Masters in SLP? I'm sure there are some classes I have to take in order to be eligible to apply for Masters, since I'm a psychology major, but is it possible to do that without a post bacc program? Just take a few necessary classes at a community college for example? Thanks!
  10. Thank you so much!!!! I was starting to feel a little discouraged, but I'll definitely try to be more persistent.
  11. Hey all, I could really use some advice on something. I'm really serious about going into SLP. I contacted a few places that offer speech therapy, asking them if I can shadow/watch their work. I know receiving first-hand experience like this is really important to know what a career in SLP is really like. However, the clinics are contacting me back saying that I can't shadow them. Either because they "aren't looking for anyone new" or because of confidentiality issues. All I want to do is watch a therapist at work...I don't understand why some places are telling me that they aren't looking for anyone new, as if I want to work there. I was wondering if any of you can give me advice on what to do. I really want to shadow, but it's hard when places don't let me! Thanks!!!
  12. Hey everyone! I've been reading a lot about SLP, and was wondering if you get to CHOOSE what setting you want to work in as a speech pathologist? For example, if I don't want to work in a hospital, can I choose to work in a school? Thanks!
  13. Thank you for the replies! Also, would anyone happen to know whether speech pathologists get to choose what setting they want to work in? For example, if someone does not want to work in a hospital but would rather work in schools, can they make that decision?
  14. Hi all, I graduated from UCLA two months ago with a degree in Psychology. I have been exploring different fields since then, and I feel really good about going into Speech-Language Pathology. I've been doing some research, and since I don't have a degree in communication, I need to take some classes before I can apply. I was wondering if any of you know how this process works? Do I take these classes anywhere I want? (A community college?) Also, from what I know, SDSU requires completion of a speech language post-baccalaureate program, and I was wondering if any of you have done this and can give me advice as to how long the program would take and where I can complete it. Also, does it matter WHERE you complete the post-bacc program? Thanks in advance!
  15. Hey all, I recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in psychology. I gained amazing experience while at UCLA by working closely with faculty and graduate students in a research lab. I have one publication, with another currently in review. I also have a really good GPA, and I'm planning on taking my GRE in September. However, I'm feeling really lost, since I'm not entirely sure what I want to do as a career. I considered a PhD program in Cognitive Psychology for a while, but I don't think I would want to do a PhD program, since I am not a huge fan of teaching. I have also considered going into marketing, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, or even working with kids. But I don't know where to begin... I was wondering if any of you have any advice on where I should go from here... I feel extremely lost and disconnected from other people, and I don't know where to begin to explore my options or find experience! Thanks!