I have enjoyed being a speech-language pathologist for over 30 years. I've worked in a variety of settings with children and adults. I have been employed in Massachusetts and Texas.
One of my best experiences was at The Center for Better Living, Marlborough, MA. I remember teaching esophogeal speech to an elderly man immediately followed by a language therapy session with a three year old boy.
The breadth of speech-language therapy has changed over my career. We now provide services to children who in the beginning of my career may not have attended public school.
Although I've treated students in all grades, I probably have spent most of my time working with preschoolers. I've had the pleasure of co-treating with knowledgeable and dedicated teachers and therapists.
I joined WRSD in 2002. While at the Early Childhood Center (ECC), I developed my skills in treating students with apraxia. I could combine my analytical and creative skills to develop therapy lessons. I also had the opportunity to enhance my interest in stuttering.
Through my work at ECC, I was honored to speak at my national professional convention in 2006 and 2007. I presented treatment plans designed for specific students at ECC. The ECC staff contributed to the successful implementation of these treatment plans.
In the 1980’s, I took a course at Worcester State University to enhance my knowledge of working with adults who have aphasia. It was fortuitous that my adjunct professor recommended me to be a part-time clinic supervisor. Soon thereafter, I taught a course in articulation disorders for a couple semesters.
I would recommend this field to anyone who likes creativity, language and theater arts, writing, healthcare, music, and working with people. A speech-language pathologist with national certification has the credentials to work in many settings; including public and private schools, hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA article about me: http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=2279075