How important is Speech Pathology/Communication Disorders to the world in general?
Speech Pathology is what I want to be when I go off to college. It helps people with speech impediments such as : lisps, strokes, etc.
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Hi Sydney, this is a great question. Speech- Language Pathologists and Assistants are some of the most crucial professionals in the education and medical settings. I spent 9 years as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant working primarily in the schools and the impact that I have had in helping students, families, and teacher has been invaluable. I had the opportunity to travel during the last 7 years across the U.S. and each experience broadened my knowledge and peaked my interest in learning as much as I could from my SLP Supervisors, OTs, PT, ESL teacher, etc. It is a helping professions, so the impact and reward is often realized daily.
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Great question! I absolutely agree with Elizabeth. As an Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Student weeks away from graduation, I am astonished as to how diverse and incredibly gratifying a career in this field can be! Although mostly overshadowed by the other dominating disciplines in healthcare such as medicine, nursing and physical therapy, the field of communication sciences and disorders is gradually emerging as a niche field and is reported to have one of the most rapid career growths in the upcoming decade, amongst the fastest of all professions. I have interned at a hospital and I have worked at my college clinic with non-medical disorders (during my clinical practicum) and I cannot describe how incredibly AWESOME it feels to see that happy child whose language you've been working on for months to finally say his first meaningful word or sentence, the hearing impaired person who's finally able to hear for the first time since birth with his new hearing aid, or that patient who's finally able to eat without choking on his solid food! I agree that you ought to shadow a Speech-Language Pathologist or an Audiologist to really understand what we do and to make up your mind on what is the way forward for you.
It is truly a wonderful field and it holds a very promising and rewarding future for those individuals who decide to take it up as a career.
Hope this answers your question. Feel free to revert back in case of any more queries.
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