How to Become a Speech Therapist With These Resources
February 13, 2020 59 views
A Unique Collection of Resources You’ll Need To Become a Speech Therapist
If you’re interested in making a difference in the lives of people who have speech disorders by helping them to live better, more satisfying lives, then a career as a speech therapist — also referred to as a speech-language pathologist — could be a career choice for you.
You will need to go through a few years of schooling and on-the-job training before you can become fully certified and have the ability to work independently.
You may need to work from one location, or you could work at multiple locations when starting off. In a few years, when you are fully certified, you may open your own practice — but keep in mind even if you have your own practice, you will still need to visit schools and patients who have had a stroke and require in-hospital care.
As a speech therapist, your job duties may include some of the following tasks:
Working with children one-to-one or in a group for stuttering problems, learning disabilities, and voice disorders
Conducting hearing test one-to-one
Conducting a school-wide hearing test for early detection of hearing problems
Working with kids who have permanent hearing loss to learn sign language when needed
Working with special education teachers to plan teaching methods for students with speech and hearing problems
Working with and educating parents on how to cope and help their children who have special needs
Monitoring and enhancing speech theory programs
Creating a progress report for children and patients you’re working with
Working with stroke victims to enhance speech
Working with children and adults to improve their voices
Conducting exercises to develop and strengthen muscles used to swallow
More in the resources to follow
This is a high-paying job; naturally, the area you’re in and demand plays a factor in salary, but statistics show that demand is growing. You’ll be able to find the job statistics in the resources below for accurate numbers and trends.
You want to make sure that this is the right type of career for you before you invest thousands of dollars in your education and spend years of schooling, only to find you have made a career choice that isn’t a good fit
Here are a couple of ideas that can help you with your career choice.
Go through as many resources as you can about the career. A good start is the resources included in this post. Next, visit universities that offer a complete education in the field.
In addition to your research, try to find a voice speech therapist or two who will allow you to shadow them in situations that aren’t confidential so that you’ll get a taste of what you can expect from this career. If that’s not possible, see if you can interview a speech therapist. With an interview, you can gain a lot of knowledge by preparing your interview beforehand. This preparation gets the conversation started, and by doing, so you are respecting the person’s time.
By doing all the above work before committing to this career, you’ll have a good idea of what you’re getting into before you start your journey.
Have a look at the resources below that are organized in sections for your convenience.
Sections In This Post Include:
How to Become a Speech Therapist
Job Outlook for a Speech Therapist
Things To Know About A Career As A Speech Therapist
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