Exploring Post Meeting Recaps

October 23, 2017

Miranda Browning, MS, CCC-SLP, Jocelyn Delgado, MS, CCC-SLP, Hilary Green, MS, CCC-SLP, Clancy Piazza, MS, CCC-SLP, and Rebecca Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologists

During our October meeting, we had UT Southwestern Medical Center speech pathologists present and provide break-out sessions to our Exploring group. We learned that speech pathology is a very broad medically aligned field and they have the opportunity to specialize, or not, in a variety of settings and work with many types of disorders. As a speech language pathologist, you can be expected to tackle issues such as language processing disorders, speech disorders, feeding/swallowing disorders, and even “picky eaters.”

Some common diagnoses that might require a speech language pathologist are stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism, intellectual disabilities, birth defects, and head/neck cancer. Speech language pathologists work in a variety of settings, such as inpatient/outpatient care, private practice, schools, skilled nursing facilities, home health, and acute care.

There is a high demand for speech language pathologists and assistants. The main difference between the two is that assistants can’t evaluate, just treat. As a speech language pathologist, you are able to have a diverse clientele, variety of work settings, prospect of self-employment, and most importantly the ability to impact lives forever!

To become a speech language pathologist or assistant, you need to maintain a high GPA in college, log a lot of volunteer hours, complete your prerequisites, finish graduate school, and pass your board exams!

Language pathologists give their presentation to the audience
Lecture portion of the evening.
Students learn about trachs
Students learn about trachs.
Students participate in a hands-on demo.
Hands-on demo.
Presenter educates students on how babies born with cleft palates are taught how to suckle
Presenter educates students on how babies born with cleft palates are taught how to suckle.

September 25, 2017

Shannon Bowling, PT, DPT and Clay Fredrickson, PT, DPT, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Physical Therapists

We had a packed house at our first meeting, led by physical therapists Drs. Bowling and Fredrickson. Dr. Fredrickson gave a presentation on "What They Do," "Tools They Use," "Where They Work," "Whom They Work With," as well as educational/program requirements and job prospects/salary. After the presentation, they divided the students into three groups to engage in hands-on activities (balance exercises, stretching techniques, and use of equipment/aides). The students asked many questions and the meeting was a big success among the participants!