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What are the best classes to take for the speech pathology major

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Nina’s Answer

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Degrees are often in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech Language Pathology. It really depends on what you might be interested in such children, adults, disabled populations, private therapy, etc. It is quite a wide field; some of the courses you might find are:
Voice Disorders Fluency Disorders
Communication & Aging Speech Language Pathology
Motor Speech Disorders Seminar in Dysphagia
Aural Rehabilitation Speech & Language of Hearing Impaired
Seminar in Neuropathology Physiological Psychology
Language Delays in School-Aged Children General Psychology
Autism & Severe Communication Disorders Abnormal Psychology
Hope the above gives you an idea of some of the courses to consider. You might find looking at your preferred college's list for courses; sometimes you find that you end up changing your original idea as you sort through things! Exciting times! Good luck and feel free to ask again if you want further ideas!
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Elizabeth’s Answer

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Hi, This is a great question. Depending on the program that you are enrolled in or wanting to enroll in, it may be beneficial to take a look at the prerequisites for the speech pathology program in order to better determine the best classes. In general a strong foundation and understanding of anatomy and physiology (particularly of the vocal mechanism) phonology, and speech science is a plus. It's also helpful to have some courses in early childhood literacy /ESL if you are aspiring to work with the pediatric population , especially in the school setting.

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

  • Set up a meeting with the counselors in the speech pathology department(s) of interest to talk about which prerequisite courses to take and also the best sequence in which to take them.
  • Take your most challenging courses first if possible, talk to local speech pathologist in both the school and medical settings to learn about some of the similarities and differences in their college experiences.
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