Hi everyone-need help!
One reason I am interested in this field is because I love working one on one with mostly teenagers, older kids, and young adults in their twenties. At this point, I'm not so interested in little kids, special needs kids, or the geriatric population. I thought about guidance counseling, but when introduced to a speech pathologist, I saw her working with the same kids I knew and loved, but in a more specific capacity, and that drew me in. She was helping one kid who had a lisp and another with accent reduction. She was having normal, even funny conversations with her clients and I liked the natural rapport and that the clients were able to bring something to the table too. I figured that surely there would be an opportunity out there for a speech pathologist who was interested in working with teens/adults. However, now after completing and acing 7 prerequisite classes and looking forward to graduate applications-I'm wondering if I should even move forward if I don't have experience with those in the special ed. community or geriatric population and am not even sure I'd want to work with either. I've enjoyed my classes-love the science and language acquisition stuff, probably wouldn't mind a school job one day working with kids-but I'd love it more if I could just work with young people/adults on accent reduction, dialect issues, stuttering, lisps...things like that. Recently, I looked into becoming an ABA tutor to get some experience, and was completing freaked out (by all the behavior issues that the child displayed and the home setting wasn't very conducive to learning/tutoring) and unfortunately the same thing happened when I volunteered at a skilled nursing facility. (I was just not used to seeing people in that state) Will I become more comfortable with these populations once I'm in grad school or do I even have an option to avoid them all together if I'm in this field? More importantly, are these red flags that I chose the wrong field???
- Is an interest in Special Ed and Geriatrics absolutely necessary in this field?