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Student Interns at Practical Rehabilitation Services

Posted on: October 26, 2015

PRS-Intern-clementsName: Rachel Clements
Hometown: Novi, Mich.
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Practical Rehabilitation Services (PRS), Okemos, Mich.
Amount of time at internship: September - December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
During completion of my observation hours at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) in Novi, Mich., shortly after I obtained my bachelor’s degree, I observed an SLP who truly ignited my passion for the field. At the DMC, I observed a session with a client who had not been able to verbalize “I love you” to his wife since his stroke. He had been working on this, along with a few other functional phrases, in his recent therapy sessions. I was privileged and truly blessed to witness this man’s excitement and emotion as he uttered those beautiful words to his wife, who was also present during the session. The emotion in the room was heartwarming. Even the experienced clinician had tears in her eyes. The man’s wife was ecstatic. In this moment, I was filled with hope and a deep sense of certainty that I had chosen the right career.

Tell us about your graduate school journey?
After receiving my bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, I spent a year volunteering as a youth worker in Dublin, Ireland. Following this unique and rewarding cultural experience, I worked as a nanny while I sought out the perfect graduate program to begin my career. I was pleased to be accepted into the M.A. program at MSU in the fall of 2014, and I have enjoyed the exceptional internship opportunities I have had in the program thus far. My first internship was with Grand Ledge Public Schools in Lansing, Mich., where I served a wonderful group of students in grades 1-6 with a variety of speech, language and social communication disorders. I followed this experience with a fast-paced and exciting summer internship at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich., where I gained experience in evaluating and treating patients with dysphagia. I enjoyed the great variety in experience and clinical knowledge that I gained from these internships.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship?
Currently, I am a clinical intern with Practical Rehabilitation Services (PRS), where we provide home- and community-based cognitive communication therapy to individuals who have sustained a traumatic brain injury. This clinical setting is unique in that much of our days are spent traveling and visiting clients in their homes and communities. With the support and guidance from a team of experienced supervisors, I have enjoyed the challenging and rewarding experience of providing functional therapy to clients and their family members as they adjust to life after a brain injury. I am growing in my clinical knowledge and skills as I learn about how to help clients gain independence in their everyday environments through compensatory strategies for memory, attention, awareness and executive functioning skills. I also have learned about the critical role of client and family/caregiver education and counseling in every therapy session.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship with PRS has prepared me for my career by providing me with countless opportunities to think outside the box of what therapy looks like and to take into consideration the individual interests and personal goals of each client. I have learned that by providing this highly functional and relevant therapy, the clients’ interest in therapy increases, and the likelihood for carry-over into everyday life improves. Working with a number of different supervisors at PRS has helped me to grow and learn from a variety of clinical styles as I develop and gain confidence in my own clinical abilities. I am looking forward to applying what I have learned to future internships and career opportunities.

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CSD Student Interns at Livingston Educational Service Agency

Posted on: September 30, 2015

Blake Donovan at Pathway SchoolName: Blake Donovan
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Livingston Educational Service Agency, Pathway School
Amount of time at internship: September-December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
After completing my B.A. and looking for teaching jobs, I noticed many opportunities for SLPs. After a long period of unsuccessful job hunting, I decided to investigate what an SLP was. I shadowed a family friend who worked as an SLP at an elementary school. At the end of a very rewarding day, we sat down and discussed the various settings in which an SLP can work. The nature of the work and wide variety of potential employment settings appealed to me.

Tell us about your graduate school journey?
I completed a year of post bachelor study at Wayne State University in order to complete prerequisites for entering a master's program. I started my masters at MSU and was uncertain if I had made the right choice. After a year in the program, I am confident I made the right school choice. My clinical placements have been rewarding and my cohort is an incredible group of individuals. So far, I have completed an internship at an elementary school in Nashville, Mich., and an internship at Hope Network in East Lansing, Mich., providing therapy to individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship?
At Pathway School, I work with individuals from 3 years of age to 26 years of age. All of the individuals I work with have multiple impairments and often present with a disorder. All the services I provide are done through pushing into the classroom and modeling communication for a student during a lesson or activity, or providing consult for the staff. Use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) plays a large role in my everyday work.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship has helped me prepare for a career by exposing me to a wide array of AAC devices. It also has taught me not to underestimate the ability of students based on their cognitive and physical impairments. In the short time I have been at Pathway School, I have been blown away by the ability of students to learn to communicate using high-tech AAC devices and the relatively high level of communication they achieve using such devices.

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CSD Interns with Special Tree Rehabilitation

Posted on: September 14, 2015

csd student intern alyssa webster at special tree rehabiliation
Name: Alyssa Webster
Hometown: Sterling Heights, Mich.
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders, M.A. Program
Graduation Date:.May 2016
Company: Special Tree Rehabilitation Neuro Skills Center
Location: Troy, Mich.
Amount of time at internship: June - August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
It was a slightly winding path, as many educations are. When I was a child, I wanted to edit novels; I was always interested in language. I began college as an English Literature major before deciding that I wanted to get out of the constantly abstract and do something that helped others. When talking to my friend and future classmate, I discovered that the career of speech language pathology extended beyond elementary schools. It was finally the fit I had been searching for. I stayed up all night reading SLP blogs and watching videos of them practice and it filled me with excitement and ambition. This interest has lasted ever since.

Tell us about your graduate school journey:
When I read about Michigan State University's CSD graduate program, I transferred to complete my undergraduate degree here. I studied Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitive Science in an effort to prepare myself for a CSD graduate degree by using a related field. Within the MSU Department of Linguistics and Languages, I participated in research regarding sociolinguistics. Once accepted into MSU's CSD graduate program, I began courses with professionals with experience within the field and research. In the spring of 2015, this program guided my opportunity to intern with the Ingham County Intermediate School District. Here, I learned in resource rooms for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder working on language, social and cognitive skills that are functional for their lives and academics. This opportunity allowed me to interact with students of a broad range of ages and needs.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship: Currently, I am an intern at Special Tree Rehabilitation, Neuro Skills Center. Special Tree is a community rehabilitation clinic specializing in brain and spinal cord injury. I learn from an interdisciplinary team of therapists to help clients progress toward their physical, cognitive and social goals. Many of these clients were involved in motor vehicle accidents, so my experience has taught me more about the impact of these events on the brain and how the lives of the clients may change afterward. The clients I interact with were from a broad range of ages - children through mature adulthood - and the goals they have are varied as well.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
I am learning the importance of focusing intervention on functional tasks that may translate easily to the client's everyday life. Each client has individual goals, needs and lives outside of the therapy office, so I am learning to tailor their sessions to best support how they want to live. This internship also is helping me prepare to monitor client progress and document interactions properly. I am learning how to carry out the important daily tasks of a working clinician including documentation and planning. Finally, I am learning the skills that are difficult to learn via textbook, such as communicating with a team of interdisciplinary clinicians and staff and interacting with clients on both their great and not-so-great days.

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Voice and Speech Disorders Pioneer Named New CSD Chair

Posted on: August 31, 2015

CSD Chair Dimitar Deliyski in front of Oyer building

Dimitar Deliyski, a pioneer and international leader in the field of voice and speech disorders, has been awarded the designation of MSU Foundation Professor, the first for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Deliyski recently was named Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. His appointment became effective Aug. 16, 2015.

The MSU Foundation Professor title is bestowed by MSU, with support from the MSU Foundation, as part of a new initiative to attract and retain top researchers critical to meeting the strategic initiatives of the university.

“The MSU Foundation Professors program helps the university compete for the best talent with a designation that is comparable to an endowed chair,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon.

Deliyski comes to MSU from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where he served as the Cotton Chair of Otolaryngology Research and Associate Director of the Communication Sciences Research Center. He also held academic appointments with the University of Cincinnati as a tenured Associate Professor in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and affiliated Associate Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and he served as an Adjunct Professor with the Interdisciplinary Mathematics Institute at the University of South Carolina - Columbia.

"Dimitar is a great addition to our faculty,” said Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. “He is an eminent researcher who is an asset to CSD and I am confident that he will play a key role in increasing interdisciplinary collaborations between our college and other units on campus."

A native of Bulgaria, Deliyski received his Ph.D. in Signal Processing from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1990. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Memphis in 1990-1992. Deliyski has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Sofia Technical University, also in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Deliyski has an extensive publication record and is an international leader in laryngeal imaging and vocal analysis research.

His research interests have focused on improving the clinical assessment of voice and speech disorders, refining our understanding of the mechanisms of voice production, creating new methods for computer imaging of the vocal folds and for acoustic analysis of voice and speech, and improving the methods for speech recognition.

His research in human laryngeal imaging earned him the Manuel Garcia Prize at the World Congress of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics in 2010.

As a MSU Foundation Professor, Deliyski will receive five years of supplemental research support and will hold the MSU Foundation Professor designation permanently.

Administered through the MSU Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the MSU Foundation Professor program is made possible with support from the MSU Foundation, Office of the Provost and the faculty member’s academic unit.

“MSU Foundation Professorships demonstrate the university’s commitment to invest in our outstanding faculty scholars and support their continued research trajectory,” said MSU Provost June Youatt.

Deliyski was able to attract funding for his research from the National Institute of Health as early as 1995 and has maintained continuous funding to date from various agencies and private entities, including the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Institute of Laryngology and Voice Restoration (ILVR).

For 10 years (1992-2002), Deliyski served as the Chief Scientist of two leading companies in medical instrumentation and speech technology – KayPentax of Lincoln Park, N.J., and VocalPoint Technologies of San Francisco, Calif.

“That was an unusual start of a scholarship, which allowed me to implement in the clinical practice many of my own, as well as other scholars’, scientific ideas,” Deliyski said. “Thus, I had the unique opportunity to translate research to directly change clinical practice on a worldwide scale, which consequently positioned me as an internationally recognized leader very early in my scientific and professional life.”

At KayPentax (now Pentax Medical Company, Montvale, N.J.), Deliyski led research and developed products that have become the industry standard for assessment and treatment of voice disorders globally. As the Principal Scientist at VocalPoint (now Nuance Communications in Burlington, Mass.), he played a key role in a technology start-up company, including leading their research, securing research funding, and venture capital.

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CSD Student Interns in Missouri with CoxHealth South

Posted on: August 27, 2015

Name: Teal MathieStudentofWeek_TealMathie
Hometown: Morrice, Mich.
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Masters Program
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: CoxHealth South
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Amount of time at internship: June - August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I worked as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for the deaf in a public school when I was first introduced to a speech-language pathologist (SLP). Weekly I interpreted for the SLP and learned about her roles and responsibilities. With additional Google research, I discovered the numerous professional settings and areas of expertise SLPs possessed. Having a bachelor's degree in Advertising and ASL with a genuine enjoyment in science, I realized SLP could tie all my passions together. After I completed my contract as an ASL interpreter, I returned to Michigan State University to complete necessary prerequisites to apply for graduate school in Communicative Sciences and Disorders (CSD).

Tell us about your graduate school journey:
I was accepted to MSU's CSD program the fall of 2014. My graduate courses have provided a foundation for my clinical internships. My first clinical internship was at Heartwood Intermediate School, a center-based school in Mason, Mich. This opportunity allowed me to provide therapy while gaining insight and experience with children and adults with cognitive, physical, behavioral and emotional impairments. My second placement was in a hospital. This placement challenged me daily with refinement of my clinical skills and building rapport with families and patients. My graduate journey also has included an opportunity to serve as a representative on the Graduate Student Advisory Committee.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My clinical setting at CoxHealth South, in Springfield, Mo., is acute care. I provide evaluations and therapy for dysphagia, cognition and voice. The caseload I treat is adult; however, I have gained clinical knowledge, through observation of my supervisor, in both the neonatal and pediatric units for dysphagia and cognition. Twice I have had an opportunity to provide services within outpatient rehab to the pediatric population for voice, articulation and cognition at CoxHealth North.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My placement has prepared me for my future career by providing me with necessary clinical skills to work within the medical side of speech-language pathology. This placement has intertwined my classroom knowledge with real life patient care and given me challenging and rewarding experiences to build and refine my clinical skills. Acute care is a fast-paced environment with no two patient's alike. This setting has taught me to remain flexible, work as a team with other staff members, and how to build rapport with clients and their families. This internship has helped me begin to develop a clinical skill set, a professional style, and a confidence for my future career. I am grateful for the amazing opportunities, placements, and mentors I have experienced thus far and the challenges I continually learn from. My internships continue to provide me with insight into the profession of speech-language pathology and the career I plan to achieve.

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CSD Student Interns with Sparrow Specialty Hospital

Posted on: August 18, 2015

klein-lisa-csd-20150817-sparrow-fName: Lisa Klein
Hometown: Leslie, Mi
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders, MA Program
Graduation Date: 2016
Company: Sparrow Specialty Hospital
Location: Lansing, Mi
Amount of time at internship: June-August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I became interested in speech-language-pathology through my love for singing. I received a BFA in musical theater performance from Oakland University, and it was my voice teacher at OU who suggested that a career in speech pathology might be a good fit for me. I spent a few years working as a singer and actor before deciding I wanted to go back to school and use my skills in music and performing to help other professionals. I took a leap of faith and enrolled at Wayne State University for the Post Bach program. I had a lot to learn about the field I was jumping into, but I loved everything about it.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I was so excited to be accepted to MSU for the masters program. The program offers everything I wanted in a grad school, including a variety of clinical placement settings. Also I was able to come home to the area I grew up in. I have greatly enjoyed all of the opportunities I have had so far in the program. I have completed one internship with Livingston ESA in the Early On department, and I am nearing the end of my current summer internship. I have learned and changed so much over this first year of grad school and I greatly look forward to what the last two semesters have in store.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently wrapping up my internship at Sparrow Specialty Hospital located in the tower at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. SSH is a long term acute care hospital where we work with mostly trach and vent patients. It is a fast paced and challenging environment with many medically complex patients. Most of our case load is dysphagia patients, but we also work with speaking valves for voicing, and some cognition. Many of our patients come to use for vent weaning and I have learned more about respiratory therapy than I thought possible. We also work with a fabulous team of physical and occupational therapists who have taught me so much about what they do. It has been challenging but very rewarding.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
I have changed dramatically through what I have learned in this internship. I am now familiar with the art of communicating with the entire team of people working for a patient, including the doctors, other therapist, and family members. I have learned look at the person as a whole when making clinical decisions, and how to think on my feet. You never know what you might be walking into depending on the status of the patient, but I now know there is not much that I will shy away from. After this placement I feel ready for anything that can be thrown at me. I will be able to take what I have learned and apply it in every aspect of my future career.

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CSD Student Interns with Munson Medical Center

Posted on: August 4, 2015

StudentofWeek_RachelHagelbergName: Rachel Hagelberg
Hometown: Traverse City, MI
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Master's Program
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Munson Medical Center
Location: Traverse City, MI
Amount of time at internship: June-August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
After visiting a home for cognitively impaired and physically handicapped children on a mission trip in Jamaica, I quickly realized that I wanted to go into a field that allowed me to provide services to those in need. Many children at this home could not communicate their needs and did not receive any communicative assistance. After doing some research, I discovered the field of speech-language pathology and immediately knew that this would be a perfect career path for me. I thought of the children in Jamaica and how amazing it would be to be able to help people communicate. After taking my first few communication disorders classes, I knew that I had chosen the right field. My passion for speech-language pathology has grown with each course and clinical experience.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
Receiving my acceptance letter into the Communicative Sciences and Disorders graduate program at Michigan State was very exciting. I began the CSD Masters program in the fall of 2014. I have completed one internship in an elementary school setting and am nearing the end of my second internship in a medical setting. The unique opportunity to have four internships in a variety of settings is a valuable asset to MSU's CSD program. The CSD courses that I have taken at MSU have been very enriching and have helped me to feel well-prepared and confident in my clinical practice and future endeavors as a speech-language pathologist.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My current internship is at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. I work with the adult population in an acute-care setting. I also provide therapy for inpatients on the rehabilitation unit. The acute-care setting is a fast-paced setting and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have experienced a variety of disorders and severities, including swallowing disorders, acquired language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and tracheotomy care. I have gained valuable experiences working directly with patients as well as collaborating with other professionals. I have learned many essential clinical skills from my supervisor and the rest of the SLP team, who strive to provide the most optimal services to our patients.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
The experiences that I have had at Munson have greatly prepared me for my future career in the field of speech-language pathology. The hospital setting is a wonderful place to gain experience with a wide variety of communication and swallowing disorders. I have become more comfortable and confident working with the adult population. I have learned a wealth of knowledge from my supervisor and appreciate the opportunities she has given me to be more independent as a graduate clinician making clinical decisions. The opportunities that I have had to collaborate with other professionals have helped me gain a great appreciation for a multidisciplinary approach to therapy. I look forward to implementing the knowledge and skills that I have acquired from this medical setting in my future career.

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CSD Student Interns with Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

Posted on: July 30, 2015

dean-colleen-csd-student-wpName: Colleen Dean
Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio
Major: CSD, Master's Program
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Novi Rehabilitation Center
Location: Novi, Michigan
Amount of time at internship: June-August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I began my undergraduate education with no real direction of what I wanted to study. Thankfully, I happened to take an American Sign Language course, in which I really enjoyed. I began to research related fields and happened upon speech language pathology. My cousin is a Speech Language Pathologist and in speaking with her about her experiences, I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. I took my first Speech and Hearing course the next semester and absolutely loved it! With every course since then, my appreciation and love of the field has grown.

Tell us about your graduate school journey:
It was extremely exciting to be accepted into Michigan State University's CSD graduate program. I have had the opportunity to take an array of interesting classes that are directly applicable to the speech language pathology field as well as to my past, current and future clinical internships. Along with the courses taken, I have completed one internship thus far, and am currently in the middle of my second internship. Having the opportunity to complete four different off-campus internships is a wonderful and rewarding feature of MSU's graduate program.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My current internship is with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan at the Novi Rehabilitation Center. I work with the pediatric population in an outpatient setting. My present caseload includes children ages 2 to 10 with a variety of impairments. I work with many children with autism spectrum disorder. I also see a lot of children who have apraxia of speech, a speech disorder that I did not get the chance to work with at my previous internship. At the Novi Rehabilitation Center, we focus on early intervention of speech and language impairments to maximize a child's future potential. It has been an excellent experience and I am thankful for the kind, welcoming and skilled faculty on site.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
This internship has prepared me in numerous ways for my future career. I have expanded my knowledge of speech and language impairments in the pediatric population and therapies that are useful to treat specific disorders. I have learned techniques to use in behavioral control and how to be flexible in the type of therapy I provide. Additionally, I have further gained professionalism skills in interacting with other faculty in the building as well as with the parents and family members of our patients.

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CSD Student Interns with Colt Early Childhood Education Center

Posted on: April 30, 2015

Karisa standing near school signName: Karisa Wendland
Hometown: Shelby Township, Mich.
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Colt Early Childhood Education Center (Colt ECEC) in Waverly Community School District
Location: Lansing, Mich.
Amount of time at internship: January 2015 - May 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I have been passionate about a career in speech-language pathology ever since one of my high school teachers recommended the field. After educating myself further and spending time shadowing a speech-language pathologist, I quickly became determined to pursue this profession. Not only did I love the diverse opportunities available within the field, I was fascinated by the influential role the speech-language pathologist played in others’ lives.

Tell us about your graduate school journey:
For my undergraduate degree, I attended MSU with the goal of being an SLP. Upon my enrollment, the undergraduate program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders was discontinued. I remained determined to find a way into the field, so I declared my major in Communication and elected as many CSD courses as were offered. I am grateful for these challenges, as they have only shown me further how committed I am to this field.

Furthermore, I feel MSU has provided me with invaluable experiences. I can’t imagine receiving my undergraduate degree from any other university and I was so proud to further pursue my educational journey as a Spartan. Getting accepted into MSU’s graduate program is one of the most rewarding accomplishments I have ever experienced.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
At Colt Early Childhood Education Center in Waverly Community Schools, I work with 3- to 6-year-old children with a wide variety of speech-language impairments from Early Childhood Special Education classrooms, Headstart classrooms, and kindergarten classrooms. Some lessons are taught in collaboration with Occupational and Physical Therapists. I have really enjoyed working with these other professionals and learning from them. Additionally, I have had the unique opportunity of working in unison with a therapy dog. It was great seeing the positive impact the therapy dog had on each session.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
This internship has played a vital role in preparing me for my career. With this being my first internship, I experienced a huge learning curve and increased my skill set. I have learned how passionate I am about working with kids, and currently I can’t imagine not working with them and seeing those smiling faces. However, I am so grateful that MSU allows us to have a variety of placements, as I can’t wait to start learning where I see myself in this amazing field.

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CSD Student Interns with Holt Public Schools

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Megan Dutcher at Holt Pubic SchoolsName: Megan Dutcher
Hometown: Brighton, Mich.
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders Master's Program
Graduation Date:  May 2016
Company: Holt Public Schools-Dimondale Elementary School
Location: Dimondale, Mich.
Amount of time at internship: January 2015-May 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I heard about speech-language pathology from a family friend. I was fortunate enough to be able to shadow a speech-language pathologist at a local elementary school and I absolutely loved it! I have always been interested in teaching children with disabilities since I am passionate about providing the foundational skills necessary for success. I believe effective communication is essential for success, which is why I chose to become a speech-language pathologist.

Tell us about your graduate school journey:
I am very fortunate to be conducting my graduate studies at MSU. MSU has a unique program, offering four off-campus internships over two years. The faculty foster excellence in their students and the emphasis on collaboration has enhanced my professional and academic skills. I am gaining experience, knowledge and relationships that will last a lifetime and are preparing me to be an exceptional clinician.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My current placement is at Dimondale Elementary School in Dimondale, Michigan. The student population ranges from preschool to fourth grade with a variety of communication needs. Dimondale Elementary School also has a designated ASD room that has given me the opportunity to improve my skills working with this population. My supervisor and I work together to provide pull-out speech and language services for the students. I have enjoyed getting to know the students and practicing my clinical skills through this placement.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My internship has been a wonderful learning experience. I have gained experience teaching language, articulation, communication modalities (PECS and ASL), and social aspects of communication. I have also learned valuable behavior management techniques and am developing my professional skills. All of these skills will be very helpful to me when I embark on my career as a speech-language pathologist.

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