Speech Language Pathologist
New York, New York
I have worked in a variety of settings because I love variety. When I was in the schools, I stayed for 5 years because I grew attached to the kids and admired the dedication of some teachers. I spent 2 years in an early intervention/headstart and then did 3 years in the school age environment ranging from as young as kindergarden to as advanced as middle school.
I progressed to do various areas, such as nursing homes with the older population. I liked them more than the little kids because I get sick very easily when I'm around little kids but not around older adults. And I had more energy at the end of the day when working with older adults vs. little kids. I also worked as a private articulation coach through a consulting group called Speech Tutor. I went into homes and supplemented the free therapy students were already getting at their public schools. Many of them benefited from the extra training to progress out of speech therapy programs before the end of the school year.
I worked in a private practice Neurocognitive Rehabilitation program run by a Speech language pathologist who also had a degree in neuroscience. It was a fascinating experience having clients who were rocket scientists, surgeons, physicians, mathematicians, etc. who had mild traumatic brain injuries and other conditions that warranted reorganizing skills for daily life. It felt good to make a positive difference in their lives.
I worked in a step-down jail facility (HIPPA prevents me from revealing any telling information on the inmates), rehabilitation centers, adult day care centers, step down subacute centers ,transition unit centers, not-for-profit community centers, and private clinic.
I have a friend who currently works at a dental office because she also specializes in myofunctional therapeutic techniques. Her interest was her own discovery of sleep apnea and wanting to manage her airway safely.
My interest continues to grow and I love being in a field that flows like water. If the sidewalk curves you can curve with it discovering an entirely new street!