(Original post by Claire-H)
My experience is:
- English Language and Communication degree, where I did a module called 'Communication Disorders' covering aphasia, dysphagia etc and carried out mini projects where we were presented with transcripts of speech and had to determine the disorder, the traits of the disorder and suggested exercises for the client.
- Communication Support Volunteer with the Stroke Association, visiting people in their own homes.
- Volunteer with a Parkinsons UK singing group for early onset Parkinsons.
- Volunteering in 2 hospitals as a mealtime assistant on the elderly care ward, carrying out patient surveys, assisting in the SLT department with admin tasks, shadowing therapists and learning to use Boardmaker to make a communication aid.
- 3 days shadowing a therapist in another hospital, focusing on swallowing difficulties. Helped to write up assessment notes and sat in on bedside assessment relating to liquid diets.
- 1 week in a special school working in the AAC classroom, learning to use electronic talkers and PECS.
- 3 shadowing sessions of an independent therapist in pre-school language units and mainstream schools, and 1 session of private therapy.
- Worked for a month in a special school with 16 - 19 year olds with PMLD, did a weeks training covering communication, feeding, lifting/handling, hydrotherapy etc
- Work 1 hour a day at an after school club with primary aged children with williams/downs syndrome and autism.
- Was a brownie leader for 6 months!
- My mum had a stroke when my twin brothers were born so that is the reason I've wanted to be a speech therapist since I was about 10
I'm just worried as it is all very bitty and has been within the last 6 months whereas most people seem to have experience that has been for a year or more?? I wanted to try and work with a wide range of different ages, settings and clients which I think I have done (Hospitals, mainstream schools, support groups, with the elderly, adults, teenagers and children). I'm pretty good at interviews usually but I want this so much i'm worried i'll break down!
Ps. thank you for offering to answer our questions
Is this all bringing back memories of your application process?! x