I like to look at life by its phases. Everything we do in life comes by segmented beginnings and endings. For me and my journey in maneuvering the field of speech-language pathology, it is in its relatively early stages. It has been an incredible experience, and this is only the beginning. I may not know everything about the field, but I think it is important to take a step back to reflect on some significant moments that have carried me to this point in life.
It's that time of year! Finals are finishing up, graduation is right around the corner, you passed the Praxis, and you may have even landed a job already! Congrats! Now it's time to begin life as a professional. Does that idea sound scary or overwhelming? Maybe a little. But it's definitely exciting! As someone who's been there, allow me to provide some tips to help calm any nerves you may have and make your transition to professional life easy and enjoyable!
What do the titles "Brain Nurse", "Talking Doctor", "Swallow Coach", and "Pudding Lady" have in common? Why, they are all nicknames for Speech-Language Pathologists, of course!
What comes to mind when you hear the term: Speech-Language Pathologist? I gathered some research from the internet (see the comical titles mentioned above) and polled members of my family to answer the question: What is an SLP and what do they do?