Speech-Language Pathologist 

(Female, Age 25) from Malden, MA

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At a Glance

Current Job

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Job Title Speech-Language Pathologist
Salary $45,000
Other Compensation None Set
Company Size (not answered)
Location Malden, MA
Years Experience 1 year

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for an agency that contracts speech-language pathologists with public school systems. It is a relatively small company with less than 100 employees, however it is nationwide with its main office in Illinois but with therapists working from coast to coast in various places.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I provide speech and language treatment to elementary school students in a large urban school district. I complete evaluations, participate in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, and treat students.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
All school vacations (i.e. spring break, christmas vacation, holidays), 401k, 3 paid sick days, 3 paid personal days, health & dental insurance.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
I feel I am well compensated.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
I work with colleagues and students all day, every day. I enjoy this about my job. In particular, I enjoy collaborating with my coworkers in different disciplines (e.g. occupational therapy, physical therapy, classroom teachers) to best benefit each individual student on my caseload. I also enjoy working with parents to promote carryover of skills to the home.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
I collaborate with almost every one of my coworkers in order to design and implement effective education plans for each student.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 6
Benefits: 7
Hours: 5
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 3
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 4
The Actual Work: 1

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Commute!
8am to 9am Morning hallway duty from 8:20-8:30: monitor students as they file into school. 8:30-9:00 first treatment session of the day with 2 second grade students targeting langauge goals using story book reading – comprehension and making inferences about the plot.
9am to 10am Evaluation of a 5th grade girl whose 3 year reevaluation meeting will take place in 2 weeks. Administered language and vocabulary tests (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-4th edition, Receptive One-Word Picture Vocabulary test and Expressive One-Word Picture Vocabulary Test).
10am to 11am 10:00-10:30 treatment session with early childhood student (3 years old), practiced using picture communication system for her to make choices and make needs known. Child does not communicate verbally. We put pictures on a voice-output system called a “cheaptalk” and child presses each picture to request a toy. Practiced doing this for consistency. 10:30-11:00 treatment session with two 4th grade students targeting language goals. Played “I Spy” card game in which they must use strategies to listen to and understand clues before finding pictures. Remind students to use same strategies in the regular classroom.
11am to 12pm Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting for a 5th grade student. People in attendance: Classroom teacher, myself, occupational therapist, resource room teacher and Team Facilitator. I presented results of language testing, described student’s strengths and weaknesses and gave treatment recommendations including test accomodations and suggestions for classroom teacher to adapt assignments and classroom langauge.
12pm to 1pm Two back to back treatment sessions with groups of 4th grade students targeting vocabulary development and comprehension of curriculum based language. Used their classroom textbooks to practice using context clues in sentences to determine the meaning of a word.
1pm to 2pm 1:00-1:45 lunch break. 1:45-2 chatted with 4th grade classroom teacher about current unit in English Language Arts curriculum, students’ progress.
2pm to 3pm 2:00-2:30 treatment session with early childhood student (4 years old) targeting articulation goals – using bubbles and story book reading to work on /p/ and /b/ sounds. 2:30-3:30 wrote evaluation reports for upcoming meetings.
3pm to 4pm 3:30-4:00 planned treatment activities for the next day, made necessary photocopies, etc. and cleaned office.
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Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
I was offered an interview with my agency at a the national convention of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association in 2007.

What was the application process?
Submitted resume, phone interview, in person interview.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, I was interviewed twice, first in person and then over the phone. I was interviewed individually by a recruiter from my agency.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
What will make you a great speech-language pathologist? What skills will you bring to the table? How well do you collaborate and work with others, in particular with parents of your students? I was asked to describe some experiences I had in graduate school and how I dealt with them.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, my agency provides a very supportive environment including various training workshops, a supervisor with whom I have weekly phone-consultations, and also offered a large supply of treatment and evaluation materials free of cost to me.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, I got my Master of Science degree from an accredited program at a large private university. Obtaining this degree includes completing coursework as well as several “clinical practicum” experiences in various settings: schools, hospital, outpatient clinic, early intervention. The program was designed to give a taste of each setting so that students could choose intelligently upon graduating where they would like to work. The M.S. program is very challenging and requires significant dedication and hard work – be sure this is really what you want to do before applying.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, I feel the graduate program I attended was very comprehensive and prepared me well for this job.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
Absolutely. Without the internship experience, I would be completely lost at work.

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
In order to become a speech-language pathologist, you must first obtain a masters degree in the field from an accredited program. However, the job market in this field is excellent, and with an M.A. or M.S., you will likely have several job offers before you even graduate. Speech-Language Pathologists are very much in demand right now.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
You must have an excellent ability to work with others and a genuine commitment to helping people. As a school-based speech-language pathologist, a desire to work with children and help them succeed is key. It is impossible to do this job without collaborating with other professionals, therefore social skills and interpersonal communication skills are also key. The day-to-day activities can be hectic and overwhelming, so organization and attention to details are also necessary in order to stay on top of all your responsibilities.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes, you must have a masters degree to practice.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Make sure your first job (your clinical fellowship year) offers a very supportive work environment where it is easy to get advice and your supervisor is approachable and helpful. Also, STAY ORGANIZED! If you fall behind in your duties, it is very difficult to catch up without sacrificing an afternoon or weekend of your own time.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Yes, this is my career and I plan to stay in the field indefinitely.

What are your current career goals?
Eventually I would like to supervise graduate students, and in the distant future, return to graduate school and complete a Ph.D. program in the same field.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Graduate student clinician 3 months none Worked in a pediatric outpatient clinic evaluating and treating children with various speech and language disorders including phonological disorders, autism, language delays, etc.
Prior Job 2 Graduate student clinician 3 months none Worked at an early intervention setting and traveled to families’ homes to provide speech and language evaluations and treatment to children with various communication disorders.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.9

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
3.6 University of Massachusetts, Amherst B.A. Spanish
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
3.4 Boston University M.S., Speech-Language Pathology

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