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So, I was considering in the time I might have off given I might not be accepted, I was going to teach. Would that look good in a years time before the next application cycle or should I find something more relevant to the field? I currently live in New York & I was looking for SLPA jobs, but I haven't managed to find any in NY or NJ. I was also considering becoming an ABA assistant, but I think the certification would take longer than a year to receive. 

 

Any other suggestions? Or ideas how to go about ABA assistant, SLPA, etc? 

 

Thanks

 

Also, would any university let me engage in research with them, or I could only do research at my current undergrad?

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You could look into being a special education aide, that would give you some good experience and doesn't require any additional schooling (and you'd be earning money rather than paying it). Also maybe look into ESL or literacy tutoring, paraprofessional work at non-school agencies, even nannying or babysitting work.

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Hey! I'm currently an Aba therapist in Texas! I absolutely love it, I've learned Tons and I've only been there for less than 6 months. Although it doesn't directly connect with slp. It has taught me so much about the therapy aspect. I feel like any of the options mentioned will be resourceful!

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I worked in ABA for 10 years (became certified BCaBA about two years ago).  I lived/worked in CA, and there was no special requirements (aside from bachelor's degree) to become an ABA therapist.  It's amazing work, and even though it's a different field than SLP, I think it's absolutely relevant.  I want to continue working with children, especially those with DD's. I know about different AAC's, I know about behaviorally based intervention methods to address language/communication skills, I know about common characteristics associated with autism...... this list can go on.  I highly recommend going into this for some great experience if you are interested and have the opportunity.  Not only will you be helping out so many kiddos, but you'll learn TONS :) 

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Hey, I am currently an ABA therapist in NJ and there are no special requirements here except a BA (preferably in psych). I absolutely love the work and think that it is a great experience that is relevant to the field. I specifically work in an early intervention center for children on the spectrum. I absolutely adore working with this population and am planning on becoming a BCBA after getting an MA in Speech. The only thing I can say is that one of my professors was a little judgmental about ABA and she was vocal about it when I told her I worked in ABA. Personally, I thought it was unprofessional of her to voice this opinion, but I just brushed it off. Maybe ask some of you top choice program's directors what they think of ABA as experience? If you can find a center that will train you, I would highly recommend getting the experience! Best of luck!!

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