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    Speech Language Pathology (Bilingual)

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  1. I think @Spondee gave the perfect advice. Follow it!
  2. Bilingual Extension for SLP

    Columbia Teacher's College has an independent program at their bilingual institute. You don't have to enroll as part of a masters program from what I understand. SO you could do it after you finish your masters. You might be able to take online classes on bilingualism. For example, Univ of New Mexico and New Mexico State Univ offer Bilingual Acquisition and Bilingual Assessment online. ASHA probably also offers some CEU credits on working with bilingual / multilingual populations.
  3. Health Insurance

    Maybe you can look and see if you qualify for Medicaid or another program like it in your state
  4. The University of New Mexico doesn't have a "speciality track" for it in terms of academic classes (apart from the typical voice coursework), but it is one of the many clinical rotations / populations. There's group and individual sessions.
  5. LoR question

    @lindsayg1993 How did it turn out with the letter of rec situation?
  6. Emerson vs. Redlands

    That is definitely a lot think about! I wish I had a good answer! All I have are more things to think about... I think cost is a big consideration, and you're right: Boston is an expensive city. Sounds like Emerson might let you finish quicker. THey're both private. Is tuition comparable? Can you work as an SLP-A in either California or Massachusetts with your current qualifications? If so, it might be a good part-time job option to help pay for Boston or to do from August to Jan while waiting to start at Redlands. Both schools mentioned "a supportive environment" but you'll have to take that with a grain of salt. Have you called and talked to faculty at both schools? See which ones make you feel more comfortable. You mentioned you're not a "city person." That's cool. Consider your commute and life in Boston vs Redlands. Boston you'd probably live without a car, walk a lot, and take the subway. Are you okay with that? Try Google mapping the areas you might live in and do the street view. How does it seem? I wish I had some good, solid advice but it is a decision only you can make. Either way, you'll be fine Both are great schools!
  7. Hi Lily, I would say forget rankings - they're kind of meaningless in the job market; During observations I did before grad school, I saw clinicians from top programs working in the same hospital with clinicians from "all the other" ranked programs. Even if you decide to go on in academia, they don't mean much. I think cost is a big consideration - probably the biggest. I interviewed probably about half-a-dozen SLP's and they all told me to go to the most affordable school. While others clearly disagree, I think an extra $23,000 is a huge amount of money to be paying off in debt. That's a new car or two... or a down payment on a house! I'm also interested in bilingualism and multiculturalism. I was lucky that my most affordable school also had an emphasis in bilingualism/multiculturalism. I'm sorry that didn't align so nicely for you. Don't worry - you can pick up that extra training in other ways. Maybe there are classes in the education or special ed (or even other!) departments at both universities on multiculturalism. You can take them as an elective. You're going to do Continuing Ed. credits for the rest of your career. I think TC Columbia offers their bilingual program as a certificate you can do separate from the graduate program. There are posters and presentations at ASHA every year (I'm applying now to present one!) on multiculturalism. The books and articles on topics of interest are available to you. Finally, in my program I haven't even taken one of the special "bilingual/multicultural" assessment or development classes and I've already learned a ton about those topics. During your "regular" classes on assessment, intervention, etc - you should be covering these issues because they're kind of an inherent part of what we do. I ask questions about diverse populations all the time in classes not labeled "multicultural." When you get to chose a topic for an in-class research project, select something about "bilingual assessment" and you'll be reading the same literature / articles / journals as someone in a program with a "bilingual emphasis."
  8. Grad School Admission Fees

    Mine was $500 - it got credited towards my first semester tuition though once I started classes
  9. Moving to Grad School??

    I moved internationally for grad school. I left most things behind or sold them. Went first to my parents. I rented a small uhaul (few hundred dollars?) which I filled with thrift store finds and a mattress I "borrowed" from my parents house. They towed it 12 hours for me to where I'm in school. I'm still acquiring furniture (went 7 months without a kitchen table or anything in my living room). I go to thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, and I even found a great table to use as a desk next to the dumpster in my apartment complex. You can find tons of good kitchen stuff at thrift stores, also occasionally there are good lamps and chairs. Sometimes things need some TLC, which is a lot of work but also kind of fun. I'm sanding down and repainting that table I mentioned, and I'm recovering some old chairs I also found in the garbage area. They "have good bones" by designer friend says, they just need some TLC.
  10. SLP in Medical Field Advice

    In terms of coursework, most of it is going to be pretty much the same since all programs need to meet the same certification requirements. Look at the program you're going to and see if you have get elective hours (You might get 2 or 3 elective classes at most). Does your department offer extra coursework in swallowing (a big part of hospital work) or adult neurogenic disorders (the other big part of hospital work)? Maybe look in other disciplines and see if there is a course you can add (medical terminology, counseling could be useful, multicultural considerations in health care, legal environment of healthcare, etc). Your clinical hours also have to be divided among the scope of practice in a pretty "set" way. But there is flexibility, so try your hardest to get a rotation in a hospital setting for your adult hours. Express your interest early (planning clinical rotations is sometimes done years in advance) but be willing to accept that your professors are the experts and know what you need more than you do. You kind of have to trust them. Finally, get involved with research. Any research experience is good, but especially related to the populations you'd work with in the hospital (again mostly swallowing and adult neurogenic). That experience can be really valuable in terms of making you a better clinician but also for your resume - lots of hospital have staff engaging in active research projects. Hope that helps
  11. Thanks I had a lot of trouble too making up my mind; I ended up with 3 minors for that reason. I think almost anything can be relevant to SLP if you think about it in the right way. My hispanic literature classes taught me about different ways to experience the world (So important in working with CLD populations). Linguistic classes study a lot of the same aspects of language, just with a different perspective or goal in mind. My Ed minor was great all around for SLP. For example, In Ed Psych I saw the same fundamental theories (Cognitivism, Social interactionism, Behaviorism, etc) from similar perspectives which is great now as I apply those theoretical frameworks to therapy. Biology and chemistry would be so valuable in understanding the fundamentals of neural signaling. You can study a lot of things and it still be relevant to SLP. As for what is most helpful - it depends on you and what you need. I would advise the following: 1) Find out what it takes to be a good grad student 2) Find out what it takes to be a good SLP 3) Find out which of those things you already have and which you're lacking 4) For the things you're lacking, find experiences (maybe a specific class, minor, or major! Maybe a summer internship!) that will give you those skills. 5) Once you've got that covered, think about what excites you and study that even more. (for me it's bilingualism, so I learned other languages. If its Med.SLP for you, get some medical terminology classes, if its voice feminization therapy, take a gender theory class). Does that make sense? I could tell you what was valuable for me, but it'll be different for you. Maybe you need to work on your writing (so important for grad school). Or maybe you need to work on your people skills (so important as an SLP!). You know yourself and your needs better than I. Last note, lots of people freak out over GPA and that's because it is an easy thing to look at/compare and easy to stress over. Personal statements are harder to judge and compare, but they're infinitely more meaningful to a committee when they're trying to get to know you. I'd take a kick-ass personal statement over a kick-ass GPA any day.
  12. Gooootcha - That makes more sense! So I think yeah, you're probably okay keeping your social work major. It'll definitely give you some unique perspectives and experiences that can hopefully come out in your personal statement and LOR's. I know a lot of people really emphasize GPA; I think GPA is a "blunt instrument" schools use but not the heart of an admissions decision. About the classes, look closely at grad school requirements for any school you're considering. Not having a degree in SHS/COMD/etc can sometimes limit the schools you can apply to. It is possible though to do what you're doing - my undergrad was in Spanish & Linguistics & Education (didn't even know SLP existed then) with a 3.54 GPA - now I'm doing a 3-year masters degree with missing pre-reqs included.
  13. You could probably get into grad school without having completed those requirements (check with each school)... but you're still going to have to take them. As a graduate student, you'll be paying graduate student tuition for them (which is usually significantly more expensive), and also taking a full-time graduate student load + clinical rotations. Another option would be to complete them through a local community college (or maybe even online) where the credit hour rate might be cheaper. You could maybe even do this the summer before you start grad school.
  14. Waitlist Question

    The kind of situation happens frequently. Sometimes when you commit to a school you have to pay a deposit. If you then decide not to attend after all (because you now want to go to your #1 choice), you forfeit that deposit. Even if the school has no deposit, definitely just notify the school ASAP about your decision - there are a lot of other people waiting and making big life decisions based on that acceptance spot. I don't think it is a matter of ethics.
  15. I don't want to sound negative or overbearing, but if you're worried about phonetics in an undergrad linguistics class, a graduate degree in SLP would be even more difficult. That basic working knowledge of the phonetic system is the basis for so many things we do in SLP; seriously I talk about phonetics almost everyday in every class. I would strongly recommend at least trying a linguistics class and seeing what it is like for you. Also, I'm not entirely sure - but if you're an undergrad and you have time to switch your major and you want to go into a masters in SLP program you should strongly consider at least a minor in SHS/SLP/Communication Disorders. If you don't, you'll have to complete all of the necessary prerequisite classes anyways as part of an extended masters program, post-bacc, or 2nd degree.