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. =)

SLP-A

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?

Hello,
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.

Thanks!

CFY Early Intervention NYC

Hello,

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

Hello,

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!

Looking for fellow SLPs' help and to share opportunities, Seattle Public Schools

Hi there,

I've been a member here since 2012, I love the community here and the chance to learn more about what others are experiencing in the field, in terms of education, the varied interests and perspectives found here.  

I'm an SLP at two large high schools here in Seattle. One of my own professional goals this year is to reach out to others in the field, and potentially get in touch with other SLPs who may be interested in working in Seattle Public Schools.  I have to say that it's an incredibly diverse school district with a very exciting variety of schools, programs, students and staff to work with.  Does it have some of the characteristics (ahem, it IS a large organization made up of human beings, after all) one might expect when working in a larger organization? Yup. At the same time I have to say (I got my CCCs in 1985) I've never felt more appreciated, respected, or had more fun as I have here in SPS (I've been here 9 years).  Lived in the PNW for 25 years, still love it every day. Before that worked in and around New Haven Ct, Ithaca NY (went to Ithaca College for BS and MS).

I would love to answer anyone's questions about what it's like working in a larger school district, Seattle in particular, and connect you up with our HR, if you're interested.  It's pretty cool when your goal is to share what is, to me anyhow, a really great place to live and work.  So get in touch if you would like. My district email is sbmiller@seattleschools.org

Thanks!

Seth Wong-Miller

Wondering about Job Market/Caseloads in IN and WI

So my significant other will start his residency next year and as a result I may be moving to one of 3 locations:

Fort Wayne, IN
Appleton, WI
Peoria, IL

I am wondering if anyone has any information/insight on the job prospects and caseloads in public schools in these areas? I currently work in a school in the Chicagoland area and am overwhelmed with my caseload of 55. I am mainly worried about Indiana, where I have heard caseloads are much higher than that, and I assume private practice jobs are competitive as a result of that? I have also heard WI has low caseloads. If anyone could offer some insight, it would be greatly appreciated! We get to rank them from most to least desirable so I want to make sure my information is accurate. Thank you!!

Only Slp in the School

This question might have been asked before so forgive the following post. I have been looking for cfy positions for awhile since I graduated and was recently hired in the Philly School District Area through an agency. I will be in two different elementary schools. My recruiter has been very easy to communicate with and helpful as well.

I am supposed to start on Monday, however, I was just informed that I would be the only slp in both schools and my cfy supervisor is offsite. I am not sure yet how available they will be. My recruiter has offered to ask other schools if they have at least another slp however it may not be in an elementary school which is what I wanted. He also says that having another slp might not even be that helpful since they have their own caseloads.

I am a bit nervous that my supervisor would be off site but I was at least hoping I would have another slp just to have that support, especially since I am a cfy. Has anyone experienced this before? I have yet to sign my contract, should I look at other places? (I can also put the name of the agency in case anyone has had experience with them). If my supervisor is easily accessible, should I be less nervous that I am the only slp?

Any advice and suggestions would be helpful!

Seeking advice regarding Double Major

Hi all!

I've browsed through quite a few posts on here, and I haven't found a situation entirely similar to mine so I have decided to create a new thread.

I am currently a third year Undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara double majoring in Linguistics and Psychology. After completing all of my core classes as a Ling major (Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, etc.) I have realized that I am not entirely interested in completing the electives for the major and I am considering dropping to the minor.

Obviously, I will need to complete a Post-Bacc before applying to a graduate program given my school does not offer a speech major, unless I am admitted to one that does not require a background in the field.

My question is: If I need to complete a post-bacc or prerequisites while in an extended graduate program, will it truly matter if I am a double major in Psychology and Linguistics as opposed to a major in Psychology with a minor in Linguistics? I would like to assume that grad schools will pay more attention to the specific classes I have taken rather than what I have majored in. I have already completed all of the Linguistics classes that are related to Speech Pathology, so I'm wondering if continuing with something I am not very interested in is worth it.

If it helps at all, I will be taking a couple Speech and Hearing Science classes that my school thankfully still offers.

I would greatly appreciate any and all feedback provided as there are so few guidelines for people taking my route.

Thanks so much!
Amira