So glad this thread has started! Nice to meet you guys. It's crazy how time has flown, from deciding that I wanted to be a SLT, to almost applying for uni.
Just wondering if you guys have sent off your applications? Also do any of you take a BTEC, as everytime I see an SLT applicant they take all A Levels. I hope taking a BTEC won't affect offers... 😅
What do you like about SLT? What made you choose it?
gscott10's advice is quite good. Your local council website should have a list of all the schools in the area (they should list private schools too [e.g. near me there is a local private school dedicated to dyslexia which has a SLT working there two days a week]). See if they have a list of special schools and check these individually to see whether they list contact details of a speech and language therapist (SLT). It depends on the schools but it is likely that the SLT will be employed by the local authority and go to multiple schools throughout the area over the week, or they could be in private practice and only work in a certain number of local schools on set days or when they are needed. If schools work with children who are very complex then it is possible that they might have a full-time SLT posted there. The same applies to mainstream schools though that is more to do with the increased population size they are expected to cover/handle (I would not count on meeting a SLT in a mainstream school).
Alternatively lots of pediatric services allow self-referral now so there will be contact details listed on local NHS websites. I would always advise ringing in this case as an email might be read but easily ignored if someone is busy. In addition, understand the pressure on services at the moment and be careful how you ask for things. I would ask to talk to someone or visit their 'facility' for a look around first rather than asking for work experience outright. In lots of cases if you ask for work experience they will just say no outright. If they are happy to let you come visit them and chat but give you very specific times when you are free then you can sort of guess that they will say no to work experience but you can still ask in person or ask them for advice about who else might have more time to work with you.
There are always opportunities to volunteer with adults. But it depends on whether they are looking for anyone in your area and when they training programmes run. The good thing about this is that they will usually cover expenses.
Fatiiimah, to be perfectly honest it is a nightmare!
But on the plus side....For a start I'm planning to study part time so that reduces it to two days a week and they have been kind enough to tell me which two days it will be in years one and two. My husband is going request flexible working so he can finish early one of the days, the other day, if the lectures go on past 5pm in just going to have to look for some ad hoc childminding when I know the time table or miss the lecture.
The best flexible option would be a nanny but the cost is prohibitive and I can't use my 15 free hours either. Plus, the timetable changes every week so it means paying a lot for childcare that you don't need. I really wish I'd known what I wanted to do before children!!