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  1. Hi! so I just started my job as a new SLPA, working with kids at a preschool.. They gave me cases so I started calling parents and give start dates to the coordinator. I’d like to know, what do I say to parents? What things do I discuss? How do I properly introduce myself? “Hi Im the SLPA, calling from ‘insert business name’ and I like to schedule an appointment”? Thanks
  2. Hi all! I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school. For reference, I just graduated with my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am currently a Child Development Teacher with 2's. My overall GPA was a 3.78 and the last 60 credits is a 3.8. I have three great letters of rec, a great personal statement (imo), and a ton of volunteer experience ranging from individuals with Aphasia, Autism, english-language learners, etc. I was also in my programs NSSLHA and national NSSLHA. The only thing that terrifies me are my GRE scores. Granted, I have not taken it yet and am set to take it in 2 weeks. I am not confident that I will do well and it is eating me alive. With the information I provided above, how likely am I to get accepted into UCF's program? That is where I did my undergrad and is my top school for grad school. I am seeking advice and thoughts and prayers. Thank you all.
  3. Hi all! I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school. For reference, I just graduated with my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I am currently a Child Development Teacher with 2's. My overall GPA was a 3.78 and the last 60 credits is a 3.8. I have three great letters of rec, a great personal statement (imo), and a ton of volunteer experience ranging from individuals with Aphasia, Autism, english-language learners, etc. I was also in my programs NSSLHA and national NSSLHA. The only thing that terrifies me are my GRE scores. Granted, I have not taken it yet and am set to take it in 2 weeks. I am not confident that I will do well and it is eating me alive. With the information I provided above, how likely am I to get accepted into UCF's program? That is where I did my undergrad and is my top school for grad school. I am seeking advice and thoughts and prayers. Thank you all.
  4. I'm finishing up my 10th post-bacc SLP leveling coursework and it seems it was a waste of time. I can't get a SLPA certificate here in California (they won't accept post-bacc coursework any longer) and I can't afford nor have the time to complete an MS/SLP degree (I am single and work full time and I just can't swing it). Would all these classes I took help with any type of SLP related job opportunity? I wanted so badly to be a SLPA so now what.....I can't do behavioral therapy any longer and just want to be involved in speech services in some way.
  5. Thread for those interested in gaining work experience working as an assistant before applying to grad school. Advice/tips/info/questions/etc. So that all of the most relevant information is easy to find, I've compiled some resources for you all. I'll add to it over time as people respond: ASHA's state-by-state licensing/certification requirements. (click your state, then support personnel to figure out what is required for certification in your state. Keep in mind, this is only updated annually so your state's regulations might have changed) Important to note: State licensure takes precedence, you can hold ASHA's C-SLPA and still be unable to practice in your state if you have not met the state's requirements. On the other end of the spectrum, you might be able to practice without the rigorous requirements of the C-SLPA certification if your state does not yet require it. (Some states only require a high school diploma.) This is because state laws and regulations govern the schools and medical facilities where you'd be working. That being said, it is likely that states will align themselves with the new ASHA certification in the near future, but legislating these changes and adding them to state budgets will take time. Have any states already moved to require ASHA certification (C-SLPA)? ASHA's certification program requirements (C-SLPA): ---again, this is voluntary unless your state (or job) requires it Completion of a 1-hour of ethics course Completion of a 1-hour course in universal safety precautions Completion of a 1-hour patient confidentiality training course Clinical field work: A minimum of 100 hours (observation hours cannot be used), to include 80 hours of direct patient/client/student services under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) and 20 hours of indirect patient/client/student services under the supervision of an ASHA-certified SLP One of the following education requirements: 2 year SLPA program OR 4 year CSD undergraduate OR other Bachelor's degree along with Introductory or overview course in communication disorders, Phonetics, Speech sound disorders, Language development, Language disorders, Anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing mechanisms, and ASHA’s online SLPA education modules Completion of the exam Apply here FAQs (this is really helpful info) If, for example, you have a Bachelor's degree in something other than SLPH but you've taken the required courses (looking at you, out-of-majors taking levelling courses), how on earth are you supposed to come up with 100 hours of clinical/fieldwork? Why offer it as an option if it's impossible? Looking for people to commiserate, mostly, but if you have advice that would be great. How have you all found positions, other than searching on glassdoor or linkedin? In Kansas, there's a workaround where you only have to have a high-school diploma to be a Speech-Language Para-professional in schools! Relevant work experience without the impossible hurdles to jump through!?!?! I was floored when I figured this out, I didn't know paras could specialize. Is this true in your state?
  6. Anyone out there who was denied SLPA certification, after the board changed their policy? I was taking prerequisite courses through UNK, at the advisement of CSUN and was 23 credits in when the board cut everyone off (although I heard if you were taking prerequisite courses at a California school they wouldn't cut you off). I know there has to be a ton of SLPA's in California who don't have an AA or BS degree in communications but took the prerequisite coursework and were certified. Trying to find a workaround.... Anyone who can help or has been able to appeal and succeed, PLEASE reach out. THANK YOU!!
  7. Hi guys! I was wondering if there is anyone who went the SLPA route in CA or who has info about that. Experience from other states is welcome too! I have to wait a year to apply to graduate school so I'm considering the SLPA route until I can start graduate school. I don't want to do an associate program because by the end of the year I will have the equivalent of a bachelor's in speech pathology. As far as I understand from the CA SLP website (https://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/applicants/app_pack_slp_assist.shtml ) if I get fieldwork experience on top of my bachelor's degree I can get SLPA certified. My program does not provide clinical experience (just the 25 observation hours). So how do I get fieldwork experience that will be acceptable for SLPA certification? I know in other states you are supposed to "find an SLP that will supervise you." How do I find and convince an SLP to supervise me? Also say I do find an SLP, what does this look like though? What will I be doing? What will the supervising SLP have to do? What are the steps/paperwork for the whole process? I'm also confused because if an SLPA can't work as an SLPA until they are certified, how can they work to get the hours to become certified? Btw, here is what I found from the CA SLP website that makes me believe all I need is fieldwork experience: "...evidence of completion of a bachelor's degree program in speech-language pathology or communication disorders from an institution listed in the "Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education" handbook issued by the American Council on Education, and completion of the field work experience as required in Section 1399.170.10(c)(2)(B) from a Board-approved program, or completion of a minimum of seventy (70) hours of field work experience or clinical experience equivalent to that required in Section 1399.170.10(c)(2)(B) in a bachelor's degree program as recognized in this subsection."
  8. Hello! I’m completing a master’s thesis “Is graduate school different for former SLPAs?” about SLP students with or without SLPA experience who are now in graduate school! I’d love it if you could take my survey. Feel free to share this link with other SLP that you know. You have the chance to receive an Amazon gift card via raffle if you take the survey! =) Thank you in advance for your participation! https://redcap.midwestern.edu/surveys/?s=3FTFCNX8AE
  9. Hi all I'm relatively new to gradcafe (and this field admittedly) and I thought I should ask for some help before going into something with no guidance and making silly errors. I'm due to graduate this fall 2019 and I was thinking of possibly taking a gap year and apply in the next grad school cycle because I feel like my application isn't strong enough and I wanted more experience-- hence me looking into becoming an SLPA. However I already have some obstacles in order to do this. First, I don't have my 25 observation hours and I know that is required. There was a course at my university that made it possible yo get them, however I had extenuating circumstances and time conflicts that hindered me in getting my hours so I know that is the first step. Additionally, this is all very new to me and I am confused as to how the rest of the licensure process in order to become an SLPA in TX works. I was looking on both ASHA and the TDLR website and they both say that a "Speech Language Pathology Supervisory Responsibility Statement Form" is to be completed by a licensed SLP in order for them to be your supervisor. I'll paste the "Supervisory Requirement" section below: "An assistant in speech-language pathology must work under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist who agrees to assume responsibility for all services provided by the assistant. You must propose a supervisory relationship with a licensed speech-language pathologist and be added to your proposed supervisor’s license before supervision may begin. Applicants should submit a Speech Language Pathology Supervisory Responsibility Statement Form (PDF) completed by the licensed supervisor who agrees to accept responsibility for the services provided by the assistant. Your supervisor must have at least two years of professional experience in providing direct client services, which may include an internship year (clinical fellowship) year. Your supervisor may not supervise more than a total of four interns and/or assistants at one time, and your supervisor must not be your parent or child. Note: Supervisors must be approved by the department prior to supervising assistants." If I am understanding correctly does that mean I need to find an SLP to take me under their wing and ask if they can be my supervisor while I apply for my SLPA license? How do I go about asking that? Would this be a job or internship? For example should I be looking for job listings for SLPA's in my city? Am I allowed to apply for the job and ask the SLP if they can be my supervisor while I start the application process for my license? I am just confused about the timeline for this. Or should I reach out to any SLP's and ask outright if they can be my supervisor while I observe and get the clinical experience required for TX standards. On ASHA it states "no fewer than 25 hours of clinical observation in the area of speech-language pathology and 25 hours of clinical assisting experience in speech-language pathology" are required, so does that mean I just need an SLP to be a supervisor for me for 25 hours for the clinical assisting experience and then also obtain 25 observation hours at the same place? There are not many SLP's in my city, and I'm not quite sure what to ask them, I just don't want to sound like an idiot. I don't know if I'm making this more difficult than it needs to be, but I thought I should ask for some clarification before reaching out to anyone. Apologies if this is all over the place and any & all help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
  10. Hi guys! Good luck to everyone on your applications! I am currently on a gap year, after graduating undergrad in SPR 2019. I am preparing to apply to graduate programs in the NY area including Queens, Molloy, LIU Brooklyn, Pace, Adelphi, NYU and Brooklyn College. I have a unique background, and I am struggling to build a cohesive resume. My GPA isn't the greatest (3.57), but I'm hoping my experience outweighs this a little. I have completed 35 observation hours in both the EI and school setting. I also had the opportunity to provide therapy in my college's speech, language and hearing center under the supervision of a clinical supervisor during my senior year. I accumulated 50 hours of treatment, and worked with 5 different clients. I also completed an undergraduate research project for my senior research class. My paper included two graduate assistants, and my professor, however, I was the main researcher. Over the summer, I was able to present this work at a speech and linguistics conference at a local college. I also have volunteer work at a special needs performing arts program, and worked as a teaching assistant at a nursery school. I have to retake my GRE because my math scores are BLAH. My question is how do I put my experience into a resume? And What are my chances? I'm really nervous but I'm hoping for the best
  11. Hey guys! So I just finished applying to SLP graduate schools and was planning on getting certified as an SLPA this semester since I have my 25 observation hours completed. I was curious if anyone on here has experience working as an SLPA while also attending SLP grad school full-time? I'm nervous that it may be too much to manage. Any advice would be appreciated!
  12. I am starting an internship program soon that prepares me to be an SLPA. It’ll be my first time doing real hands on work within the field. I will be doing it at a pediatric therapy clinic and while I’m excited, I am also very nervous as I know I will be planning sessions, writing SOAP notes, collecting data, etc. It’ll be my first time working with clients and I’m worried I won’t know what the heck I’m doing. I’ve never planned therapy before or managed a caseload and every child is so different. Any tips would be much appreciated!
  13. Hi everyone! I'm an undergraduate SLP student and I am about to complete my first semester at a cal state since I'm a community college transfer student. I feel behind because I did not put in the effort to meet with professors all semester and get to know them. I participate and ask questions in class every once and a while, but I'm simply just another student. However, I need a faculty member for programs and scholarships to be a recommender by late January. How should I approach them without being too pushy? I understand it's very late & I should have been putting in the effort. Any tips?
  14. Anyone know of high acceptance rate masters programs for Speech? I have a low GRE and am looking to relate with someone and get some hope. I am an SLPA right now. Does anyone know of grad schools they got into with lower GRE scores? Or anyone that was an SLPA and it helped you get in? THANK YOU! Quote
  15. Hi, I was rejected my first round applying to grad for Speech and am re applying. I am an SLPA have loved this experience....also love it because I am hoping it will STAND OUT when I re apply right now. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have applied to all the schools in Georgia and am wondering if anyone was an SLPA with low GRE scores and was accepted second round to ANY school? Will being an SLPA help me any? Any advice, etc, will HELP!! Thank you!!
  16. Hello, I have a low GPA from my first BA (2.5). Terrible, I know...just discovered I had undiagonsed ADHD for most of my life. Anyway, I was going to go the 2ND BA route and try to get straight As. I have decided against it since I feel it'll be impossible to get into any schools in SoCal with such a horrible GPA. Not to mention the cost. I do not have the option of relocating because I am a stay at home Mom and we recently bought a house here. Instead, I've decided to pursue the SLPA route at Santa Ana College. Am I giving up too easily? Or am I jus being realistic? Will my SLPA AA GPA be counted into my last 60 credits? I'm 31 years old and I eventually do want to apply to masters program if I end up loving Speech Pathology. I've read about the NAU summer only track for SLP-As which would be ideal for me. Since, I have family in the area and it's only 8 weeks long I would be able to take my kids with me. Has anyone completed the NAU summer only track? If so, what were your stats? GRE/GPA What did you think of the program? SLPA-S...how difficult is it to got a job in the CA school district? Do they pay well? If you have read this far, THANK YOU! I know I have a ton of questions but I just want to weigh my options.
  17. One of my mentors informed me that all I needed was a Bachelors Degree to work in schools (they only have it labeled as SLP but min requirement is bachelor's), similar to a SLPA job. Any fellow Idahoans out there that have been through this process or are considering this? I'm curious to know how it works and what it's like. Thanks for the help
  18. Hi All! I'm a senior about to graduate in my undergrad in Exercise Science however I want to go into SLP! I've been thinking about it for quite some time but I'm getting anxious as graduation comes because I know I am going to have to start to figure out how exactly i'm going to go about this - and if it's even realistic! Was anyone in this position.. where their undergrad was not in communication disorders but they still wanted to do SLP? I was told I should get a second BS, which would be such a pain, but I was also told I should just take the pre reqs and then apply .... but how would I get in? I would be up against communication disorder students! I work as a therapy aide right now at a rehabilitation hospital so I do help the SLP's and work with their patients to an extent. That's it for experience though. Should I do an SLPA program and work for a bit to broaden my chances to get into grad school??? Help!
  19. I know this is a semi-frequent topic in this forum, but I am looking into back-up options pretty frequently as decisions are coming out. I have my bachelor's in CDIS, and I have been working on a limited license in speech path (through the department of education in my state, Minnesota) Has anyone found a way to get 100 hours, (50 of which are directly supervised) without paying $$$$ to retake classes you already took in undergrad just to get the practicum hours offered in a certificate or AA program for SLPA?
  20. Hi, I am having difficulty making a decision about graduate school. I graduated with a bachelor's in education but I would love to pursue a career as a Speech Language Pathologist. Because my degree is in something other than SLP, I am an out-of-field leveling student. Should I go back and get an associate's degree in SLPA and THEN pursue SLP at a graduate program? Or would I have to retake classes to get a bachelor's after the associate and then apply for the master's program? Or could I get my associate in SLPA and then go straight to a grad program since I already have a bachelor's? or would it make more sense to go ahead and take leveling courses and then apply to grad school for SLP and not go back and get an associate's degree in SLPA? I'm so sorry if this is confusing. I was accepted to take leveling courses at UNT in Denton but I would not be able to get financial aid and that's another big reason why I feel like I should get an associate and then go to grad school. Although would I be able to receive financial aid in getting an associate's after I have already received a bachelor's? Thank you in advance. I am also in Texas. I essentially would like to end up with an SLP license. How long would it take if I went back and got my associates.
  21. Hi, I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration this past June 2016 and am considering a career in Speech Pathology after finding out more about it by my sister in law who is a SLPA. It is something I am seriously considering but there are also limitations because I do not know where to start. I live in Orange County and would be commuting to school so the only schools that interested me were Cal State LA, Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Dominguez Hills. I know Chapman would be way too expensive since it is a private school. I just do not know which route to take since it there is an overload of information. I just finished applying to CSULA and CSUF for Fall 2017. I am looking to volunteer next year with something speech related but just need advice on what the best route to take is. Thanks
  22. Long story short: SLPA. finished undergrad last may 2015. attempting to apply and hopefully get into one next year. I am stumped with writing letters of intent, and honestly, i really was trying to avoid looking at others' so that my letters wouldn't be affected by what I have read. However, I am stuck. I would very much appreciate it if any of you could let me take a peek at your letters of intent, of course only if you don't mind. Or any tips at all that has helped you get into grad school. also, I am having a bit of a problem with letters of recommendation because I feel like I did not make much of a connection with professors because I was the type to try and solve a question on my own, or through google, because I had to travel 1 hour or more just to get home.. so I usually tried to avoid office hours, if I could help it.. If you were ever in the similar position, what did you do? or were there other people that you were able to ask, and still got into grad school? Any tips are very very very much appreciated!!
  23. Hey guys, I was wondering if I could get some advice! I'm a resident of California, USA and I've just graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. Although I truly enjoy psychology as a subject, I know I don't necessarily want to become a "psychologist"per se. A professor of mine told me about Speech Therapy/ Speech Language Pathology before graduation, and the topic really intrigued me. After some research, I think I can see myself working in a school setting with young kids and/or teenagers! The problem is; however, in CA there are only two schools that have an SLP program (within my means of travel), and both require a degree in Communicative Disorders. There is a post-bacc program available that would need 2 years of completion before I can apply to the 3-5 year M.A. in Communicative Disorders program that leads into becoming an SLP. I joined this forum site basically to gauge anyone's opinion or advice--do you think it's worth it to endure the post-bacc; financially and time-wise? Should I maybe try for SLPA instead? Or do you know of any other fields that can combine therapy/education/health science the way speech therapy does without having to work in a hospital setting?
  24. long story short: I have just finished my bachelor's last fall from CSUF. I also just took a SLPA course from Loma Linda and currently waiting on my license to be able to work as a SLPA. I plan on applying for grad school for next fall (or summer, if i can get into schools with a part-time track). here are some schools I'm thinking of applying to: University of Iowa University of Washington Portland State University Northern Arizona University University of the Pacific If any of you have been a SLPA prior to applying for grad school and have gotten into any of these schools, I would appreciate your input. My #1 concern are recommendation letters. I haven't made much "connections" with the professors during undergrad, I made a few but they were my general ed professors. It's obviously a bit too late for me to try and get to know them because I am done with undergrad. Where did you get your recommendations from? are SLP supervisors good to get those letters from? Also, definitely need help in study tips for the GRE, organizing grad applications, and how to do the statement of purpose. HELPPPP. these are the only questions I could think of for now. LOL. but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! thank you!!
  25. I'm about to finish my bachelors in speech and hearing science (concentration in slp) at the University of Illinois. I decided to take a gap year instead of going straight to grad school for slp and wanted to get licensed to be an SLPA so i could work as one during my gap year. I just read somewhere that in Illinois you can only get certified as an SLPA if you complete an associates degree program with the certification. That makes no sense to me. If I have a bachelor's degree, I feel like I should be able to obtain certification and work as an assistant. Does anyone have any knowledge on this situation? Help me!
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