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What is Speech-Language Pathology Career like?

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I'm interested in the Speech-Language Pathology career and I want to specialize in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing so I can work with kids. #teaching #speech-pathology #american-sign-language

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T.’s Answer

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Being a speech language pathologist is amazing! Your concentration is phenomenal. The Deaf community is a huge community of professional actors, scientists, etc. and not just children. We have so much that needs to be done in the area of research for persons of all ages who communicate primarily through sign language but end up having strokes which can cause them to have difficulty remembering how to sign and communicate. Also, communicating with kids using sign language, knowing the different dialects across states to help them if they move from one Deaf community in one state to another, etc. There is such a huge rich contextual dynamic to the field especially within the concentration of working with persons who are Deaf or hard of hearing! Your setting and demographic determines what your career looks like so no two SLPs look alike :) Our field is unique like snowflakes.

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Linda’s Answer

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I have had such a rewarding career as a speech pathologist! I have worked with infants to college age students. Plus it is a field with many transferable skills so you can find a position where you can apply your skills in language/learning development and interpersonal communication. I happen to work at Rochester Institute of Technology which is the home of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), so I see on a daily basis the usefulness of practicing ASL.

Linda recommends the following next steps:

  • Visit the NTID website for more resources
  • Contact me if you have further questions
  • Keep learning/practicing ASL! It is wonderful to know a second language!
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