Why I become an SLP and Why it's the Best Job Ever!
It has been TEN YEARS since I decided to become a speech language pathologist. I grew up in North Pole, Alaska (yes, it's a real place). When I was a senior in high school, I worked as a care provider for a little girl with cerebral palsy. I had the opportunity to go to her school and shadow her SLP and PT. When I saw the SLP playing language games with the kiddos, I fell in LOVE! I knew this what I wanted to do. When I filled out my college application I put my major as "speech language pathology" and never looked back!
Why do I love it? Well it's a great "mommy job." I can work a few days a month, a few days a week or full-time. I can work in a school, hospital, people's home, daycares, or nursing homes. I can work face-to-face. I can do telepractice. I can work with adults, kids or anyone in between. I can treat disorders involving speech, language, feeding, swallowing, voice, and cognition. I can choose to specialize or be a generalist. I love talking and social interaction which is basically what an SLP does all day (well, except for when I work on feeding and swallowing.) Feel free to message me if you want to learn more about what SLPs do and why it's an awesome job.