I have things to say again!

4 Aug

My laptop won’t connect to wireless and I’m tired of blogging from my phone so I’m sitting in the library right now just for you!

I started my first ever big girl speech language pathologist job on Tuesday. As I stated previously, since getting your license in the state of Delaware is apparently near impossible, I’m starting as an “aide” rather than an SLP. This week I just did some observing, orientation, and training types of things.

2 days this week I spent out in the community with my CF supervisors. I have two supervisors because I’m working half the time with peds and half adults so it makes sense. Both days I observed peds home health and community services. I love it! I think I’ll really learn a lot and get to experience a really wide range insofar as disorders and cultural diversity. I’m living in Wilmington, DE which apparently contains 30% of the nation’s population in a 100 mile radius – so that’s a lot of different kinds of people all squashed together.

One thing I found interesting was that in some cases my employer uses a “trans-disciplinary” approach. They say I won’t be doing it right away and I gotta say, “WHEW.” For those of you who don’t know what I trans-disciplinary approach is, let me explain:

What happens is, that for whatever reason, it is determined that the patient you’re seeing NEEDS treatment from multiple disciplines but can’t see multiple disciplines. This could be due to time, parent desires, behavior etc. So the treatment team picks a main therapist who delivers multiple types of therapy. So not only is the speech therapist there for speech, but they might also be working on the child’s ability to hold a crayon or jump. The therapists all work together to help the main therapist think of strategies and techniques. Everyone makes goals for the child during a transdisciplinary assessment.

You may now understand why this seems overwhelming to me. Since I’m not an OT or a PT, I don’t know their technical jargon or their techniques! But one day, I may be the lead therapist. And I find this scary. Probably by the time it rolls around I’ll have worked and co-treated enough that it isn’t so scary, but the idea right now of providing OT/PT services as an SLP makes me want to run and hide! What do you guys think? Have any of you encountered this in your jobs or training? How’s it going for you?

In related news, I really need to step up my toddler-Spanish and my sign. I took Spanish for eight years but never really functionally used it, but with a population that is so diverse I will very likely encounter clients and families who speak Spanish (among other languages – Spanish is just the one that I know). I only took sign for one semester, I could definitely use a refresher.

Sometime I need to join ASHA but right now I genuinely have no money. I want to take advantage of the gift to the grad program and my NSSLHA membership, but I can hardly make ends meet. I reaaaally need a paycheck. Ah the perils of unpaid internships. Get excited folks, it’s really fun.

(The man sitting next to me just put his hands all the way into his pants and adjusted himself. I’m judging.)

And my fourth post on the Hearing Journal is up so check it out!


6 Responses to “I have things to say again!”

  1. Caleb McNiece (@cmcniece) August 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Sounds exciting!!! How badly does working as an aide screw up what they are paying you now versus when you get licensed? Thanks for plugging the NSSLHA conversion and gift to the grad! I totally agree with the Spanish thing. Took it through HS and double majored in it as well, but limited use. I feel like I keep seeing more and more Spanish speaking clients so it will definitely be a useful skill.

    • weathersby August 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      The pay isn’t awful, and it’s only for a month so I’ll be okay. I can’t wait to get everything with license and ASHA situated – I still have awhile before the deadline for that right? 2012 Grads: Aug 2013?

      Having Spanish skills, even toddler Spanish is verrrry helpful. I’m going to put together a notebook of words that I’ll likely use with families.

  2. Caleb McNiece (@cmcniece) August 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    You have until Sep 1, 2013. And were you a NSSLHA Member for TWO consecutive years? NSSLHA conversion discount is only $286! (vs $461 for 1 year membership/non-NSSLHA member)

    • weathersby August 5, 2012 at 8:36 am #

      I was a NSSLHA member for probably 3 or 4 years, I can’t remember now. So I should be good I hope!

  3. Lisa S (@sylinca) August 5, 2012 at 5:30 am #

    I’m so glad you experience everything 1 moth before I do! I always read your adventures and I keep them in mind when it’s my turn. I start at the end of August and now I have to get my paperwork in order so i won’t be paid as an aid.

    I’m so afraid to work like a real professional, earning money, but I have no idea what the first weeks will look like! I did my final internship with adults in hospital setting, and now my job will be in a school board. It’s very interesting to know how your first weeks are going!

    • weathersby August 5, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      Ha! yes get that paperwork going, I started a little more than a month ahead and it wasn’t enough.

      Since I’m starting as an aide, it kind of throws a wrench in things. But honestly it’s nice, because I’m really getting a good orientation and easing into things. I’m doing a lot of observing – home health with SLPs, OTs, and PTs. Sitting in on center-based sessions. Next week I’m spending time in our technology resource center, assisting with the adult acquired activities, and doing general sorts of office work (that’s the aide part). I’ve got a lot of time to get to know everyone, understand the facility and the way things work, paperwork, documentation, etc.

      You’ll have to let me know how your first weeks go! The beginning is always scary, but I’m sure you’ll love it once you get settled.

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