CSD Student Interns with Lansing School District

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Restaino_CristinaName: Cristina Restaino
Hometown: Itasca, Illinois
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Lansing School District
Location: Lansing, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
While picking a career path, I knew that I wanted to find a field where I could help individuals across multiple populations with diverse needs. Coming from a home where multiple languages are spoken, I have always been especially amazed by the idea of different languages and how they allow people to communicate. A family friend, who is a speech-language pathologist, introduced me to the field while I was in high school. After completing observations at her job, I was intrigued by the difference that clinicians are able to make by helping individuals to achieve their goals. I decided to pursue the field of speech-language pathology as it combined my passion of helping others with my interest in the areas of communication. The diversity of communication disorders that speech-language pathologists can help treat allows them to have endless opportunities. I wanted to select a career path that would allow me to continue learning throughout my entire career.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Speech & Hearing Science and a minor in Spanish. I was so excited to be accepted into Michigan State's master's program and to attend another Big 10 school. I have learned so much during my first year of graduate school through both my classes and first clinical placement. I am very thankful for the opportunities that Michigan State offers by setting up students with internships out in the community in order to gain real-world experiences. I am looking forward to my first medically-based clinical placement this summer where I will be at a sub-acute rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility in downtown Chicago.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
This semester, I completed my clinical placement at Willow Elementary School in Lansing. Additionally, one afternoon a week, I provided therapy services at a Head Start program in Lansing. I worked with children ages 3-9 with a variety of communication disorders and a range of severity levels. I gained experience working with children in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, and cognition.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
Over the course of the semester, my placement in the school setting helped me to grow both personally and professionally as a future SLP. I learned so much about the process of providing special education services to children in the school setting and gained valuable experience in evaluating and treating students. My supervisor, Jodi Cohen, has worked in a variety of settings and is very knowledgeable in all aspects of communication disorders. She provided me with great feedback throughout the semester which I then used to improve my skills and become more confident in my abilities to become a speech-language pathologist.

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CSD Interns with Waverly Community Schools

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Choi_Joni-wpName: Joni Choi
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Waverly Community Schools
Location: Lansing, MI
Amount of time at internship: January- April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I first became interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist after I researched careers in the health field. I always knew that I wanted to stay within the healthcare field, but I didn't know what I would have a passion for until I found speech-language pathology. I shadowed many speech-language pathologists and became really interested in the various work settings and populations that I would be able to work with.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
After graduating from Ohio State, I was excited to continue my education to become a speech-language pathologist at Michigan State. I have enjoyed learning through the graduate program and working with my classmates. My first clinical internship has been a great experience and I enjoy working with the pediatric population. I am looking forward to the future internships through MSU's graduate program.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My current internship is at Colt Early Childhood Education Center in the Waverly School District. I work with mainly kindergarteners and some preschoolers who are in general education and special education classrooms. Some areas that I've been able to gain more experience in are articulation, language, and augmentative alternative communication.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career:
My internship has helped prepare me for my career by giving me the opportunity to gain clinical skills while working with the pediatric population. Through my supervisor, I learned how to work efficiently and grow professionally as a student intern. My supervisor has given me multiple opportunities to learn and grow under her guidance, which has helped me learn more about the school setting along with becoming more comfortable as a student intern.

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CSD Student Interns with Clinton County RESA

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Baldwin_RachelName: Rachel Baldwin
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Clinton County RESA
Location: St. Johns, MI
Amount of time at internship: January - April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
My grandmother is a retired speech-language pathologist, which is how I initially knew about the field. I grew up listening to my grandmother's stories about how rewarding the profession was and how much she loved her job. Early in my undergraduate experience I took an introduction speech pathology course and shadowed an SLP in a school setting. Those experiences solidified my love for all the different aspects of the field and my desire to become a speech pathologist.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I cannot believe my first year of graduate school at Michigan State is almost complete and I absolutely love being part of Spartan Nation! I completed my undergraduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where I minored in child studies. Michigan State's unique four rotation internship program has given me the opportunity to focus my internships around my interest of working with children in a variety of clinical settings.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently interning with Michigan's Early-On service program at Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency (CCRESA), which provides in-home visits for children birth to age three. My caseload includes children with a range of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, expressive/receptive language delay, hearing impairment, articulation impairment, apraxia, and other developmental disorders.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
This experience has highlighted the importance of family-centered therapy to me because I work closely with families on a daily basis. I also collaborate with other professionals and see the benefit of working in a team. Learning the multifaceted perspectives of a team has supported my understanding of the Early-On service program and I can see how working in a team setting would carry-over to future internships.

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CSD Student Interns with Novi Community School District

Posted on: April 13, 2016

Name: Callan Gavigan
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Hometown: Novi, MI
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Novi Community School District
Location: Novi, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist? I recognized fairly early in my undergraduate studies at Michigan State that my future career pursuits lied within the healthcare field. With unlimited possibilities ahead of me, my four years as an undergrad consisted of continuous exploration. When I began my degree in nutritional sciences, I had hoped it would encompass all that I desired in a career. However, this was not the case and I continued to investigate other professions. My introduction to speech-language pathology actually came from a friend I met at my local gym. She was a speech-language pathologist and invited me to come shadow her while simultaneously giving insight into the profession. After that experience and further personal research, I knew I had discovered the career I had been searching for.

Tell us about your graduation school journey: After graduating from Michigan State, I enrolled in the Wayne State post bachelor program in order to complete my prerequisite courses for graduate school. Concurrently, I began to work in the Voice Biomechanics & Acoustics lab with Dr. Eric J. Hunter. I was excited to learn I was accepted to the Michigan State CSD graduate program and eager to begin. Thus far, I have enjoyed expanding my knowledge of the diverse subjects within speech-language pathology. Working in a research lab prior to my acceptance piqued my interest and contributed to my decision to pursue a master’s thesis. My thesis investigates the relationship between pulmonary function and vocal fatigue, which I look forward to working on during my time in the program.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship: My current internship is at Novi Community School District working with preschool children ranging in ages from three to five. This includes children with various communication impairments and degrees of severity both in general education and special education classrooms. Language, articulation, social skills, and augmentative alternative communication (AAC) are some of the areas I have been able to gain experience in at this placement.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship has helped me to prepare for my career by allowing me to implement some of the skills I have learned in the classroom and apply them to clinical therapy techniques in the field. With this being my first internship, I have had the opportunity to grow exponentially and gain confidence in my clinical abilities. My supervisor has provided me with many opportunities and pushed me to grow personally and professionally as a clinician.

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CSD Student Interns with Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary

Posted on: April 6, 2016

Franklin_EmilyName: Emily Franklin
Hometown: Lansing
Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Company: Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary
Location: Flint, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
After completing my undergraduate degree with a major in biology, I took time off from school to explore master's programs in various fields that fit my interests. At the same time, I took the opportunity to pursue my love of world travel and applied to teach English in South Korea. In my preparation for teaching English, I came across the field of linguistics, which sparked my curiosity. I took the Introduction to Linguistics class at MSU and became fascinated with the field that combined science and language. While teaching English in Korea, I searched different professions related to linguistics and came across speech language pathology, which encompassed all my interests from biology to the English language.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I completed my prerequisite classes for Communicative Sciences and Disorders at MSU in the spring of 2015 and began the CSD graduate program in the fall of 2015. In my first semester I joined Dr. Cao's research lab and declared a thesis track. I am currently working on a cross-linguistic comparison study between English and Chinese speaking children. This past January I began my first clinical placement in the school setting and am looking forward to my first medical placement this summer.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently placed at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary school in Flint. I work with students, ages five to twelve years old and with a wide range of communication disorders. I have gained experience in articulation disorders, language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, hearing impairment, pragmatic disorders and AAC devices.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My experience at this internship has given me the opportunity to practice and refine skills learned in the classroom as well as develop new practical skills such as billing and behavior management. I greatly appreciate all the advice and therapy ideas that I have received throughout my time at my internship. Furthermore, I have learned a lot about myself through firsthand experience; I discovered strengths and weaknesses that I would have never realized in the class room.

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CSD Student Interns at Leslie Public Schools

Posted on: March 30, 2016

Subler_TessaName: Tessa Subler
Hometown: Versailles, OH
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Leslie Public Schools
Location: Woodworth Elementary
Amount of time at internship: 1 semester

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I started out my undergrad as a nursing major with plans to be a pediatric nurse. After 3 semesters, I realized I did not enjoy nursing as much as I thought I would. During my second semester of my sophomore year, I took an Introduction to Communication Disorders class and really enjoyed it. I did some observations and switched my major to speech-language pathology. I had always wanted to work with kids and found the learning of language to be very interesting.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I completed my undergrad at Miami University in Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I was very excited to get into grad school right away and to have the opportunity to attend a Big 10 school. I am currently in my first clinical internship and absolutely love it.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently interning at Woodworth Elementary in Leslie, Michigan. I am working with preschool-2nd grade. A majority of my caseload is language and articulation. I am really enjoying working with this age group. In the short time that I have been there, I have been able to see some great gains made by some of the kids. It is extremely rewarding. This is the age group I observed before deciding to major in this field. I am excited to work with other populations in my future internships, but as of now, I can see myself working with this age group in my future career.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship has taught me a lot, especially since I plan on working with kids. I have learned a lot of information about data collection, billing, report writing, and IEPs. I have also learned a lot about working on a team. These are all areas that will be important in any setting. I look forward to interning in other settings and working with more diverse populations.

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CSD Student Interns with Hillsdale Hospital

Posted on: March 23, 2016

Magsig_KarleyName: Karley Magsig
Hometown: Jackson, MI
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Hillsdale Hospital
Location: Hillsdale
Amount of time at internship: Jan-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I always knew I wanted a career where I would have the opportunity to help people. I was exposed to the field of Speech Language Pathology through a family member who utilized the services of a SLP throughout their life. Seeing him excel and achieve great accomplishments provided me with a passion for the career. I declared my major as an incoming freshman to Michigan State University and have pursued my career choice ever since.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I began graduate school in the Fall of 2014. I have had four diverse clinical internship opportunities throughout my graduate career. I started at the Jackson ISD doing early-on, then worked at a skilled-nursing facility in Ann Arbor, moving to Ingham ISD at a center-based school, finishing at Hillsdale Hospital which I am currently at. These internship opportunities have provided me with clinical knowledge for all settings and populations necessary for me to be successful as a future SLP.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship: I am currently at Hillsdale Hospital in Hillsdale, MI where acute care, outpatient, skilled nursing and home health SLP services are provided. The population served ranges from young children to geriatrics, depending on the day. The services provided vary greatly due to the numerous settings served within Hillsdale Hospital. I have gained ample experience in the areas of cognition, language, and swallowing in both evaluation and treating of patients. I have thoroughly enjoyed the variation in the day-to-day schedule while at this internship as it allows me to gain experience in many areas of the field. Learning more on modified barium swallow studies has been a highlight of this internship for me.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career? This internship has helped me to become well-rounded and knowledgeable in the many services provided in a hospital setting. It has also given me a great opportunity to implement knowledge gained throughout my coursework. I have acquired clinical decision making skills as well as various therapy strategies and practices. I have obtained experience with documentation, collaborating with other professionals, and providing education to family and staff members. I have thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to the medical aspect of speech language pathology and am very grateful for this internship experience.

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CSD Interns with Swartz Creek Community Schools

Posted on: March 16, 2016

McGuire_Carly-wpfName: Carly McGuire
Hometown: Grand Blanc, MI
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Swartz Creek Community Schools, Swartz Creek, MI
Amount of time at internship: January - April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I do not have an elaborate story that brought me to the realization that my calling was to be a speech-language pathologist. Rather, I took an elective class by chance and it changed my course completely and aimed me in the direction of communication sciences. I shadowed two speech-language pathologists in different settings, which solidified my path and fueled my passion. I kept interest in this career because of the ability to work with people across a variety of settings and ages. Also, knowing that I can help others and revel in their progress with them as we work together is such a motivator for me.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in psychology from MSU, I was thrilled to get accepted to my alma mater for graduate school. I had previously worked with Dr. Hunter and Dr. Dilley as a research assistant, so I knew what brilliant faculty would be here to help me grow into the best clinician possible. As I go through my first internship, I feel privileged to have such a competent and compassionate supervisor that pushes me to find my full potential, and then encourages me to go even further. Before entering my placement in a school setting, I envisioned myself working in a medical setting, though I am enjoying my time and perhaps reconsidering what I thought I wanted.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
Currently, I am placed in Swartz Creek Community Schools. I split my time between the middle school and the preschool. In the middle school, I work with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that vary in eligibility. We use the pull-out method for some sessions that focus on articulation or attend to specific language goals. We also push-in to a cognitively impaired classroom where we work on articulation, language, and social goals in a group setting. Plus, my supervisor is the sole teacher of a specific reading class called Adolescent Accelerated Reading Initiative (AARI), where we help students that are severely impacted by reading deficits. At the preschool, we push-in to a classroom geared toward children who are developmentally delayed. Also, we pull students out of regular preschool classrooms to work on specific articulation or language goals. I feel lucky to have such a well-rounded experience for my first internship and it makes me excited to keep moving forward in the program.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
Though I am still relatively early into the program, I have learned and experienced a great deal that I am sure will strengthen me as a clinician. I am learning that flexibility is key because plans are bound to change, whether there is a snow day, illness, or an assembly; a backup plan is a necessity. Also, this internship is giving me a wealth of knowledge on different assessments, therapy techniques, and overall professionalism in the workplace. Every day I am absorbing new ways to incorporate evidence-based practice into how I perform therapy. This all comes together to help prepare me for a future in speech-language pathology and I am eager to continue to grow and gain confidence as a clinician.

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CSD Student interns with Heartland HCR ManorCare

Posted on: March 9, 2016

Weiner_HillaryfeatureName: Hillary Wiener
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Major: Speech-Language Pathology MA
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Heartland HCR ManorCare
Location: Battle Creek, Michigan
Amount of time at internship: September - December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I became interesting in speech-language pathology while completing an internship in a special education classroom. My mentor at the time suggested I investigate speech-language pathology. During the completion of my undergraduate degree, I enrolled in an introductory SLP class. This class exposed me to the vast practices of speech-language pathologists and it was in this class that I decided to pursue a degree is this profession.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I completed my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University and was excited to be accepted into Michigan State University’s master program in the fall of 2014. The internship opportunities have helped me to develop important clinical skills, as well as expose me to many great experiences in a number of different settings. The internship experiences have also provided me opportunities to apply my coursework in clinical settings. Course at MSU promote group based learning, which has fostered collaborative and team based skills.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
Currently, I am an intern with Heartland HCR ManorCare in Battle Creek, MI. This faculty is a skilled nursing facility, providing rehabilitation to the adult population. Through this internship I have experienced a variety of disorders and severities, including swallowing disorders, acquired language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and motor speech disorders. In this setting I have developed valuable skills in co-treatment and collaboration with other professionals. I have also participated in functional therapy activities such as a cooking group to facilitate functional skills related to activities of daily living. The professionals at Heartland and my supervisor have provided me with valuable skills for working with patients and their families, which will help me provide the best care to patients in my future endeavors as a speech- language pathologist.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
Under the direction of my supervisor and the rehab team at Heartland, I have fostered many important clinical skills. Heartland helped to strengthen my clinical decision making skills and my ability to individualize assessments and treatments for individual patients. Through this internship I have learned the importance of developing patient rapport, as well as the importance of providing quality care to patients. This experience has help to increase my confidence and preparedness for my future career as a speech-language pathologist.

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CSD Student Interns with Northville Public Schools

Posted on: March 3, 2016

Name: Elizabeth Rehor CastillonRehorCastillon_Elizabeth
Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Northville Public Schools
Location: Northville, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist? With two Speech Pathologists in my family, becoming an SLP is something I considered during my time as an undergraduate student at MSU. However, I was initially unsure if it was a good fit for me. After exploring various career options, I determined speech pathology was a field I wanted to pursue. This led me to Colorado where I completed the necessary training for Speech-Language Pathology Assistant certification. Working as an elementary school SLPA, solidified my interest in speech pathology and increased the desire to advance my career. I was thrilled when presented with the opportunity to return to MSU for the CSD M.A. program.

Tell us about your graduation school journey: During four community-based clinical practicum experiences, I have been able to explore both the educational and medical aspects of speech pathology. My clinical placements have included a Skilled Nursing Facility, Outpatient Rehabilitation, and the school setting. By working with adults and children with a variety of communication impairments, I have become familiar with various evaluation and treatment options and have significantly expanded my knowledge of this diverse field.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship: My current placement is with Northville Public Schools at Ridge Wood Elementary School. I work with students from Preschool through 5th grade with various communication impairments including articulation, language, and fluency. My supervisor also serves as a Resource Room teacher and works with several students on reading and writing. This has allowed me to further explore the relationship between oral and written language and the role SLPs can play in literacy intervention.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career? My internships have provided the opportunity to implement knowledge gained from coursework while developing as a clinician. The four internships I have experienced have prepared me for my career by allowing me to take an active role throughout the evaluation and treatment process. The diverse settings have also provided valuable insight on documentation, collaborating with other professionals, and educating patients and family members. Each internship has led to personal and professional growth and increased my enthusiasm for the field of speech-language pathology.

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