Before You Post About Grad Schools...

Before making a "Will I get in?" post about graduate schools, please do the following:

1.  Check out this entry found here.
2.  Read past entries for ideas - Graduate School tag is a good starting place.
3.  Check the program website for the school you are applying to, many times they have information about average GPA/GRE scores, employment rate post grad, etc.

The reason we're asking this of you is because we tend to get a huge influx of graduate school posts around this time of year and many of your questions have been answered before.  If you truly cannot find your answer, feel free to post your graduate school question. =)

S/th substitution advice

Hello everyone,

I currently work in the public schools with elementary school aged children. I have had experience working with all sorts of articulation errors, but have run across a new one with a second grader this year. He consistently substitutes "s" for "th" in all positions of words (voiced and voiceless). I've always had a lot of success with teaching the correct placement for "th" since it is so visual, but this little guy has me stumped! He is able to put his tongue between his teeth and blow air, but it always comes out more as a dentalized "s" sound. One of his problems is that his tongue is very tense and scrunched up, so we have been working on relaxing his tongue and making it flat. Has anyone run across this before? Are there any techniques that have been successful? This is very frustrating because he is following all of the visual/verbal cues for correct tongue placement, but is not having success. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

Books on pediatric feeding/swallowing issues?

Hey Speechies,

Longtime reader, first-time poster.

Just recently finished my grad degree, and I've landed a sweet CFY in my local school district, doing home visits on a birth-3 team. The caseload is overwhelmingly feeding/swallowing, which I love (I know, I'm an oddball). It also has a heavy focus on coaching parents in transitioning their medically fragile infants off of feeding tubes and onto oral feeding. I'm lucky enough to have a smidgen of experience in pediatric dysphagia, thanks to a private clinic practicum, but I still feel fairly green in this realm. So I'm looking for book recommendations that can help beef up my knowledge. Anything from oral-motor approaches and feeding milestones to picky eating, nursing, and nutritional advice.

But here's the rub: I don't want text books.

Since the job is so parent-focused, I'd like books that are parent-friendly: highly readable with practical, actionable recommendations. Ideally, something that I can make photo copies from and give to families as handouts.

So...any suggestions?

Bonus points if you're an SLP with young children. What did you read to help at meal time?

Thanks in advance!

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Have any Americans out there been accepted into British postgrad SLP programs?

If so, could someone please tell me what their stats were when they were accepted and which year they were admitted? My GPA is only around a 3.7 (which isn't as high as many I've seen, I know), but I'm also not a SLPA, and I think both of these facts will hurt my chances of getting accepted for Fall 2017 admission here in the States. Whenever I look for a place to volunteer, they usually have a couple of SLPAs already there, which further discourages me because it forces me to meet my competition face to face. Also, I'm in California, where I hear time and again that admission is the most competitive. I'm just hoping I've got a better shot across the pond. Plus, I'm kind of an Anglophile already, so I thought it might help me to adapt better than I would if I was totally unfamiliar with British culture. I'd probably be considered a non-traditional grad student, so I'm desperate to get accepted in my first admission cycle (as ludicrous as that may sound to some).

I apologize in advance if this is accidentally posted to the wrong community, but honestly, this is my first entry, so I'm very new to this and so I don't know what I'm doing. If someone could please post this to the correct community, I would greatly appreciate it. Have a swell day, everyone reading this!


Hello Everyone,
I am now looking for a cfy position, hopefully in the medical setting. Does anyone have any do's and do not do's for applying to jobs-cfy's. Any tips or advice?

also, does anyone have any names of teaching hospitals that take CFY's in florida?

Thank you!


If you are a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, please message me. I would love to pick your brain without overwhelming this journal. Not to exclude the SLPs either, are there any SLPs currently working or have worked with a SLP-A? If applicable, were they resourceful to you and is there still a need for SLP-As in your state, district or company? I looked throught the slpa tags for this journal but the last post was in 2013 and am not sure if the information is valid. If my research is correct, SLP-As are only allowed in certain states, New Jersey where I currently live is not one of them.

Any bit of information you have would be greatly appreciated!
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Tips for Targeting Content in Oral and Written Expository Narratives

Hi everyone. I'm a graduate student currently working with a 10 year old who needs work on improving the content/microstructure of his oral and written narratives. He has worked on his narrative structure (macrostructure) in the past, specifically with persuasive narratives. His narratives often consist of a lot of details, but they are not necessarily important to his topic. I'm having a really difficult time figuring out what sort of activities I can do with him that aren't just writing essays. Any advice is welcome and so appreciated. Thank you so much.

MA Speech Therapy CFY in Early Intervention?

I recently graduated from graduate school and moved to Boston MA. I am currently looking for a CFY job and was interested in Early Intervention. I have heard that supervision in EI isn't very good and that some of your clients may be in some pretty scary areas. Does anyone have any advice or experience in Early Intervention? Is it a bad idea to work in EI for my CFY? I know I want to work with young children. I am not interested in the school system because of all the paperwork along with the case load. I have been looking into private practices as well. I also would be open to Home Health for pediatrics.. although I cant seem to find any agencies in Boston area. Would home health be a better placement than EI? I know EI is just for children birth to 3. It just makes me nervous to do therapy in a home which may be a "dangerous environment" (one of the qualifications for EI). I guess I am just lost as to where I need to work to get the best experience. I have been offered a couple of private practice jobs but they just werent for me based on how they do therapy. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


CFY Early Intervention NYC


I am looking into doing my CFY at various Early Intervention agencies in New York City. The information I have received from these different agencies say that the position requires travelling around to the babies homes and since the cases come in one at a time, it can take a month or so to really build a full time caseload. It also relies on my flexibility of the areas in Manhattan I am able to travel to. The more areas I am willing and able to accept cases in, the more opportunity I will have to fill my caseload as fast as possible.

My question is-has anyone had experience with these type of agencies as a CFY? Is the supervision adequate? What kind of pay should I be expecting? Advice from CCCs who have experience doing home health for early intervention is appreciated as well!!

Completing CFY in NYC from Florida


I am graduating with my masters in August from University of Central Florida and want to complete my CFY in NYC after. I have been looking at this license called the TSSLD which is necessary to have when working with children in NYC. Has anyone who did their schooling in Florida move to NYC and obtain the TSSLD? It seems like a long and extensive process and I am getting no information from the NYSED on if my program is actually a "teacher approved program" and what other necessary courses I would need to take to get it. I just would really like some advice from someone who has been through this process before!

Thanks so much for any and all information!