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GradSchools.com offers a great directory for you to search through different graduate programs for the field of Speech Language Pathology and other Masters programs. They have also listed online Masters programs for Speech Language Pathology.
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Providing a resource to parents and professionals allows Speech Language Pathologists to be more efficient and effective to increase a student’s carry over into other environments. Sometimes a challenge for Speech Language Pathologists can be that techniques and therapy materials are provided in speech sessions, but there is no follow up in other areas. It is important for everyone to be consistent when providing information to parents and/or caretakers. It provides an online learning system that guides parents and children through the process of speech learning. Consistency allows for a higher retention of learned skills for students.
Speech Tails offers a great resource for Speech Language Pathologists to utilize with their students to provide the following:
2. Data Tracking
3. Practice tools to use in home environment.
I had the privilege of attending an e-Seminar presented by the Hanen Centre. In case you’re unfamiliar with Hanen, this non-profit organization produces a number of educational materials for SLPs, providing workshops, online training opportunities and resources to professionals who work with young children and their families across the globe. The e-Seminar, entitled “Make Words Sparkle for Preschoolers and Kindergarten Children: Bring Vocabulary to Life During Book Reading and Daily Interactions,” by Tamara Stein, M.Sc.(A) –SLP(C), was a two hour, live course packed with a lot of great information.
The e-Seminar was interactive and engaging; throughout the course of the presentation, the instructor had us “raise our hand” to indicate whether we agreed/disagreed with a statement, ask questions, and to participate in surveys.
This e-Seminar provided a lot of great information! Below is some of the content that I am excited to implement within my therapy sessions.
Selecting First Words
When we are teaching children first words it is important to find meaningful words related to his/her environment. Also, it is vital that we continue to build on their vocabulary, gradually introducing new words.
Stepping up the Content Level
Adjusting the content level according to the child's stage of development is important to ensure that they are expanding their vocabulary.
Step 1: fast
Step 2: quick
Step 3: rapid
Selecting the Right Books
We want to get children excited about reading! Some of the tips that we can use include, but are not limited to:
-Choosing topics of interest
-Introducing new vocabulary
-Choosing books with interesting illustrations
Multiple Exposures and Repetition
It is important to expose children to vocabulary in different environments and repeat the new words multiple times.
Labeling items while you are in different settings helps to increase opportunities for children to pair word meanings with real life experiences.
Use attributes to describe words to get a bigger picture of what is being described in the book.
For example the picture to the left displays grapes.
Describing words: Round, Green, They grow on a vine.
Special Thanks to the Hanen Centre and Tamara Stein for providing an informative e-Seminar. I am looking forward to attending more of these sessions! For more information about Hanen online learning, including a training schedule and listing of topics, click here.
Find out the latest updates by following Hanen Centre on their social media networks:
"The Hanen Centre is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization committed to supporting parents, early childhood educators and speech-language pathologists in their efforts to promote the best possible language, social and literacy skills in young children" (Hanen Centre, 2011).
As a student it is difficult to stock up on therapy activities that require purchasing, because typically you are on a budget. When I came across the website BudgetSLP I immediately thought this would be a great site to share. Inexpensive resources can be just as beneficial as expensive resources especially when you are on a budget.
Diana stated, “I was always looking for low-cost therapy materials: I made my own games, articulation cards and most other therapy materials. This involved actual drawing, coloring, cutting (with scissors) and pasting (with glue) to create these materials.” I read Diana’s about me section and it reminded me of when I first started in the field and I am sure you all may be able to relate.
Below are some of the categories that Diana has on her blog:
Therapy Thoughts and Essentials
Language and Thematic
Articulation, Phonology, and Phonemic Awareness
Ipads and Apps
Six Weeks of Summer Activities
Resources to Pass to Parents
Blogs I Follow
Some of my favorite posts on this website are:
-Tuesday's Treasure Box: Three Links to Freebies
-Speech Homework: 25 Alternatives to Speech Folders
-Six Weeks of Interactive Speech and Language Practice Activities (Apps Included!)
-Miami Dade: Volumes of Visual Supports
Special Thanks to Diana to creating a great resource that provides inexpensive activities.
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This post was a collaboration with Katie Millican from SLP Echo. Special Thanks to Katie for providing a lot of great tips that are pertinent to our favorite topic, Resume Writing.
Katie Millican, B.S. Ed., is a second year SLP graduate student at the University of West Georgia. She is moving to Alaska to complete her Clinical Fellowship experience in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for the 2013-2014 school year. She is the author behind http://slpecho.wordpress.com/ where she writes on topics to help inform future and current SLP graduate students, as well as iPad apps for use in therapy.
I remember asking other students in my cohort what their resume looked like. Asking, “Did you put XYZ on there? How did you describe it? Is it considered work experience if you didn't get paid?” When writing a resume, don’t try to re-invent the wheel. There are resources at your disposal to lessen the confusion of resume design, organization, and content.
Organization and Structure
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers outstanding advice for designing the overall look of a resume. First, scroll through the Resume Workshop Presentation for every section of a basic resume and how to compose a unique-to-you resume. Then, check out their Resume Design post to learn about the Quadrant test, using columns, font selections, and the 20 second test.
Tailoring an SLP Resume
Tailoring a resume means highlighting strengths and weaknesses which make you uniquely qualified for the position. Consider the employer – Are you applying to a school district or health care employer? Each place of employment might have a different need for posting the position. While many people keep one resume for every job they apply to, tailoring can make you stand out. Now, here are some basic guidelines for tailoring a resume:
1. Review the Purdue OWL structure and organization of a resume
2. Include the basic factual information from previous clinical experience and/or internships (i.e. name of employer, dates worked, location, supervisor, etc)
3. Now, as you search for a a desired SLP position posting online (when available), save and refer back to the description. For instance, below is an example pulled from an online posting for a school-based SLP.
1. Once you decide to apply, pin-point the main skills and requirements the employer is looking for based on the description provided. For example, in the above listing, “research” seems to be a large emphasis in this school district, as many bullet-points highlight evidence, journals, statistical analysis, and data collection.
a. Often, job postings are vague or limited to “Seeking full-time SLP for in-patient rehabilitation” or something to that effect. In that case, I would use the ASHA Scope of Practice for pin-pointing notable skills for mention relevant to previous experience.
2. On your resume, under each experience, include verbatium verbage from their own description as it relates to your clinical experience. To expand on the example above, for instance, you might put something to the extent of:
Obviously, you don’t want to make things up if your job never included the duties, but then again, almost every SLP job includes evidence-based approaches, working with culturally and linguistically diverse clientele creating short and long term goals, and working under educational or government regulations like IDEA and HIPAA. It’s all in the wording!
Keywords and Action Words are KEY
It is important to develop a list of keywords and action words to incorporate into your resume. There are many websites that provide a list of keywords and action words under various categories. The importance of these words is they highlight the skills that you possess and draw the employer to your resume.
Examples of how to incorporate keywords and action verbs into your resume:
1. Keywords: Intervention, strategies, family
Action Verbs: Educated, facilitate
· Educated family members of individuals with Aphasia on specific intervention strategies to facilitate active involvement
2. Key Words: Graduate students, speech pathology, clinical
Action Verb: Supervised
· Supervised graduate students in speech pathology program during their clinical rotations
3. Key Words: confidential documents, filing, accurately
Action Verbs: Organized, maintained
· Organized and accurately maintained filing system of confidential documents
Boston College and Wake Forest University organized a list of action verbs that could be incorporated into your resume .
Boston College’s Resume Action Verbs
Wake Forest University’s List of Action Verbs for Resumes and Professional Profiles
In addition to descriptions under jobs, Linkedin is a great resource to use to develop keywords to incorporate into your resume. To get to the Skills and Expertise Section on Linkedin, follow the steps below:
Log in to your Linkedin Account and click on More (located in the top toolbar)
1. In the Drop down menu under More, click on Skills & Expertise
2. When you get to the Skills & Expertise screen you can type in a keyword and other similar skills will populate based on what you typed into the search box.
How Long Should My Resume Be?
At some point, a transition from one to two page resumes lends itself to three and four page resumes. The more experience, professional development, and skills acquired automatically increases the length of a resume. However, I think the Purdue OWL’s 20 second rule still applies, no matter how many pages. Employers or Human Resource people want to see relevant experience and how recent/dates, education level, professional development, and other components correspond to the job.
The above job description and duties example appeared on the Disctrict of Columbia Public Schools website for a position as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist, posted May 2, 2013.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: First Time on the Market
I am excited to write this post, because it seems like just yesterday when I was walking across the stage. There is no better feeling of putting on the attire for graduation and the stands filled with individuals that have gathered together to celebrate your success.
There are some students that may have different circumstances, for whatever reason they are not able to walk across the stage. It is just as important to celebrate your success as well, because you may still be receiving a diploma, but just at a later date.
Here are the Seven Lessons that Changed my Life...
1. Smile, Even When Life May Get a Little Messy
This one is self-explanatory...if you can find the strength to always smile, even when it seems like everything may be falling apart.
2. Don't Forget to Give Back
Always remember where you started and where you are now. I am a firm believer that I am never too busy to give back, there is always a way. Sometimes it can be as simple as sharing your story with someone or advice that has helped you along the way.
3. Don't Take Life too Seriously that you Forget to Laugh Along the Way.
Believe me, I think this one is one of my favorite.
4. After you Receive your Degree...Don't Stop Learning
I had a student recently email me a new resource this week entitled College Student Study Tips http://www.collegegrant.net/college-student-study-tips/ I was so excited to read about a new resource. Special Thanks to Nicole for showing me a new resource. Which leads me to my next lesson.
You have that piece of paper, well done. I think I have learned even more from being out of school. I always say learn one new thing a day, even if it is a life lesson :)
5. Always Remember to Say these Two Words: Thank You
6. Sometimes you May have to Travel Alone.
It is not always easy to stand alone, but sometimes it is is just as important as working as a team. I think it is important to know how to stand alone and to realize that sometimes we have to take a detour to find our way in life.
7. Don't Stop Growing
Congratulations to the Class of 2013, Reach for the Sky and Don't Stop Growing!!!!
I loved this visual that Presence Learning created and I wanted to share. Special Thanks to Presence Learning for allowing me to share this visual. Also stay tuned to their upcoming blog posts and webinars, I was able to attend their last free webinar that discussed "Managing Workloads in a Caseload-Driven World".
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Saturday. On May 25, 2013, Home CEU Connection will be holding a webinar by Ana Paula Mumy that will discuss "Surviving your Clinical Fellowship Year: A Focus on Schools".
This webinar is 2 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession)
This course is intended to give Clinical Fellows a framework for organization, productivity, creativity and visibility to guide them through their clinical fellowship, promoting confidence and effectiveness.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:
When: Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. ET
Below is the link if you would like to sign up for the webinar
About Ana Paula Mumy:
Ana Paula Mumy is a trilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, receiving her Master of Science, Communication Disorders – Speech/Language Pathology degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the author of various continuing education eCourses, leveled storybooks, and instructional therapy materials for speech/language intervention, as well as the co-author of her latest eSongbook, which features children's songs for speech, language and hearing goals. She also works as a Multilingual Speech/Language Evaluator and Consultant and completes speech/language evaluations for bilingual students and collaborates with referring SLPs to determine appropriate placement and therapy recommendations. She has provided private, school-based, and pediatric home health care services for more than 12 years.
Putting the time in to learn a trade and making your way successfully through a Speech-Language Pathology grad program are only half of what it takes to become a full-fledged SLP. You may know the practices, but now, you have to step out into the real world, where competition is around every corner and finding steady work and substantial pay is a full-time job. But there are ways to prove your worth and earn the job of your dreams.
Beef Up Your Resume
Whether you have a Master’s degree or a Bachelor’s, competition is stiff. There will always be someone out there with more experience and better credentials, but that shouldn’t deter you. SLP jobs come in all shapes and sizes, so outfit your resume with solid, specific, and impressive material that will make you stand out. Remember, a cover letter is sometimes more important than the resume itself, so brush up on your writing skills and stand out.
Do Some Traveling
This doesn’t mean take a vacation. However, there are plenty of great opportunities pooling in various areas of the country, and only travel therapy staffing companies have access to all of them. These are agencies that weigh your personal and professional interests to find travel speech therapy jobs that best suit you. These may be in other cities or states, but all come with considerable pay and fantastic benefits. Not only is this a great way to gain experience for bigger jobs, it saves the trouble of actually going out and searching for a job on your own.
Too many resumes are tossed in the trash before the hiring manager gets a chance to look at them. Don’t be afraid to be outgoing, and don’t be afraid to express your uniqueness. Know when to limit yourself in an interview, and recognize when you have the opportunity to be memorable. Whether it’s a formal interview or a casual meeting with a hiring manager, leave a positive and professional impression.
Special Thank you to Advanced Medical for taking the time to write this article for New SLP Grads.
About Advanced Medical
Advanced Medical is a therapy staffing company that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and traveling SLP jobs in specialties and locations nationwide. Focusing on quality and integrity, Advanced Medical has emerged at the forefront of the travel therapy staffing industry. Get the latest updates from Advanced Medical on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
A couple weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of helping one of my Language-Impaired students with her resume. It took us about two weeks’ worth of extended therapy sessions to create a resume that met her needs despite her lack of professional experiences, but we did it.
Besides the feeling of satisfaction that I got from putting a vibrant young woman on track for her
first job, I learned that the key to drafting a winning resume is to write from the viewpoint of a
hiring manager. If you were the person who had to spend thousands of dollars in advertising in
hope of recruiting a top candidate for your company, what skills and personality traits would you
be looking for?
According to Ramit Sethi, author of “I will Teach You to Be Rich,” a hiring manager will spend
roughly 10 seconds scanning your resume. What do you want your resume to say about you? Do
not fall into the mental trap that you will land a job because speech-language pathologists are in
high demand and carelessly put your resume together. Turn your resume into a magnet for the
best companies by doing the following:
Avoid content indigestion (Ramit Sethi recommends that you make each word earn its place on
your resume and if the information is irrelevant for the position you are applying for, leave it off
Keep your resume neat (stick with Times New Roman or Arial fonts; no fancy graphics)
Target it for your specific audience (recruiters from various public/private organizations or
speech therapy business owners)
Have an objective (what type of position would you like and in what clinical setting; know what
Avoid overused phrases (we are all hard workers, team players and highly qualified; focus on
how your clinical skills will benefit your future employer)
In sum, the secret to writing a resume that gets you noticed is to take on the perspective of your
future employer. Remember, you would not want to read endless lists of people’s descriptions
of how they traded their time for money. Briefly state your objective, highlight your value and
attract the job of your dreams.
Special Thanks to Espinoza for writing this article about resume writing!
Espinoza Pierschke is a savvy Speech Therapist, Certified SEO Copywriter and author of “Windows Can Become Doors: A Blueprint for Beginning Speech Therapists.” She is passionate about making a difference and teaching fellow therapists how to survive life after graduate school.