Friday, October 12, 2012


Today, I was reminded of my junior year of college. The year of uncertainty and sheer willpower. It was really at that point in my college career that I decided to go for Speech.

My research into the field was not your typical internet search.

1. Arrange to have an internship at the hospital where my dad got outpatient voice therapy. This internship lasted an entire month. I did a second internship in a school system for a month my senior year.

2. Look up history of field just because....well, I'm me. History is pretty much a part of every cell in my body. This website gives a history of the field:   It was really my one true resource until I managed to find some old textbooks from the 70s. (Again, thank you Goodwill and Worldcat.)

3. Read some random books based on recommendations and research....(but I can only remember two right now)

Temple Grandin's biography (Awesome)
Wings- an old radio play about a woman's experience with aphaisa

 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly -- failed in attempts to find it. Still need to watch the movie
The Curious Incident of the Dog at Midnight--haven't read it yet but I do have a copy

4. Did an email interview with an SLP for college.

5. Joined livejournal

Going into this field is the craziest and scariest thing that I have done in my entire life. If you had told me that I would go down this path in high school, I probably would have told you that it would never happen. Me? An introvert who just wanted to find a quiet place to work? A job that was anything but teaching?  Life is funny that way. I wouldn't change my decision for anything. I love working with my students. Even on my worst days at work, I know that I am able to make some small difference as an SLP.

Now, I just have to figure out if I want to pursue a PhD or not. It's been the subject of much musing for the past year. I wish I could say that I was closer to a decision as I hate the feeling of being stuck in limbo.


  1. Life has it's ways of turning people around. I went to speech therapy all of twice during elementary school for an /r/ problem...but decided I didn't like going with my twin or leaving my favorite teacher's class. So I fixed it almost immediately (I remember practicing at home). I then forgot speech pathology existed.

    In college, I said I wanted to do anything BUT teach. Then I was hired as a bilingual speech aide to help English-speaking therapists and fell in love with the field.

    Good luck with your decision on a PhD!

    Talking With Rebecca

    1. Thanks! It's definitely a big decision and one that I'm trying not to make lightly.

      I'm glad to hear that you love the field too :)

  2. I always wanted to get a PhD in something... but I don't want to do the research involved! I've heard they are starting to make Doctorate programs in speech that are clinically based and not research based. I'd be into that if I didn't have a family to support!

    1. I've seen some of those programs. The thought of doing research in general doesn't scare me, but the aspect of having to do the trials does.

      Before I went into SLP, I was considering trying for a PhD in history. The market is just so flooded that it didn't make sense to do all that work for nothing. I know what I would have specialized in for that, but I cannot figure out what I want to specialize in for speech. That is my big question mark.

      I definitely understand about the family aspect. I have several friends doing grad school with children and I don't know how they manage. It takes so much discipline.

  3. Thanks for sharing - I love hearing stories about how people found their way to becoming an SLP. I have learned recently that more information clarifies my decisions. You have put a lot of research into your first decision, and I am sure that you are with the Ph.D decision. I hope that things will start becoming clear for you soon.

    Oh, How Pintearesting!