Speech-language deficits are the most common of childhood disabilities and affect about 1 in 12 preschool children, according to the Medscape Journal of Medicine. There is a broad need for School Language Pathologists or SLPs in every school across our country. But it takes a particular SLP to fill those important shoes that walk the classrooms every day.
Compassion is a vital element of every therapy session as an SLP. School is a child’s “workplace” where they begin to learn who they are with hopefully a sense of independence. An SLP not only works on specific challenges such as stuttering or slow vocabulary development, but at the same time builds confidence and a feeling of inclusion with the rest of the class – undoubtedly skills that will travel with them through life.
As an SLP you’ll be the investigator gathering information from other caregivers including teachers, parents, and doctors, to develop a cohesive action plan that nets the best result for the child. Strong listening skills and enjoying a team approach will serve an SLP well in any school system.