Speech Therapy Career
Once an individual has gone through the rigorous training and licensing process required to become a speech therapist, he or she is usually curious about what to expect in day to day life as a speech therapist. Most textbooks cover the skills individuals will need to possess and the important terms one will need to know, but very few of them go into what a normal day will be like when the individual is actually working as a speech therapist. This article, however, will provide the answer to that question and many more.
A Day in the Life of a Speech Therapist?Depending on where one works and what his or her exact title is, each individual’s day will be somewhat different. Those working in the school system, for example, might get up, gather their lesson plays for the day, and then visit with several students over the course of the day. Each student will have a pre specified plan of action intended to help him or her overcome certain speech barriers or to correct an already diagnosed problem. Some speech therapists, however, will simply work in a classroom environment with other special language teachers. Those who aren’t working in schools may work just about any shift in a hospital or rehabilitation center, depending on the patients’ needs. Still others may work in a different type of environment altogether, making the tasks a speech therapists completes during the day extremely varied. Obviously, it is impossible to boil down a day in the life of a speech therapist to one list of activities. What is possible, however, is to discuss some of the most common tasks that every speech therapist, no matter where he or she works, will have to complete and learn to be competent in.
Daily Tasks of a Speech Therapist:
Every speech therapist will be responsible for meeting with different (or the same) clients or just a singular client each day. Upon first meeting a new client, the therapist will be responsible for performing certain diagnostic tests or inventories to discover the nature of the individual’s speech impairment or issue. Once this has been done, speech therapists will spend a great amount of their time concocting and gaining approval for various lesson plans or plans of action that the therapist believes will aid the individual.
Once these plans have been approved and embarked upon, speech therapists will be responsible for taking notes about the progress of each patient and about whether or not the proposed plan of action is working as expected. If it is, the speech therapist may continue with the program. If it is not, then the therapist will be responsible for finding another suitable method that he or she thinks will be beneficial to the patient.
In addition to this, speech therapists will want to meet and discuss with other therapists any questions, concerns, thoughts, or other things they may be thinking about. Speaking to others in the field and gathering their advice is one of the most valuable resources that speech therapists have at their disposal.
One thing is for certain: The life of a speech therapist will never grow boring. Everything one does while at work as a speech therapist is incredibly important and has the power to change a life. For this reason, even the smallest of daily tasks cannot be taken lightly.