The Missing Link for SLPs

Oh, The Places You Will Go: Interview with a School SLP {SLP Spotlight}

The Missing Link for SLPs
Oh, The Places You Will Go: Interview with a School SLP {SLP Spotlight}

In this episode I'm speaking with Sarah Schaefer to learn more about her journey into and as an SLP, specifically in the education setting.

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To give listeners an introduction to the SLP expertise of the management of disordered swallowing by sharing personal experiences.

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Tell us about yourself and what you do.
  2. What school settings have you worked in over the span of your career?
  3. What does a typical school day look like for you?
  4. What is one of your biggest challenges as a school SLP?
  5. What is your biggest frustration in our field?
  6. What is one of the worst things that has happened to you as a school SLP?
  7. What is one of the BEST things that has happened to you as a school SLP?
  8. What words of advice do you have for the new SLP?

Quote Of The Conversation

“Every client comes with an experience and a story and a home life that might be affecting what's happening in that moment. And you have to understand that and be respectful of that and just take that into consideration when you're working with them. They might need something a little different from you than what you were initially expecting - more than just flashcards, because this job is much more than just flashcards.”

Guest Speaker Bio

Sarah Schaefer, MS, CCC-SLP, 

Sarah Schaefer is a Speech-Language Pathologist that currently works in the educational setting.  She had a previous career as an American Sign Language Interpreter, and continued her education in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  After completing her graduate program, she worked in a pediatric out-patient clinic with a variety of clients from birth to adult.  She specialized in early language development for clients with Downs Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

After working several years in the medical setting, she accepted a position as an Educational Speech-Language Pathologist in the elementary school setting where she continues working with a variety of populations. 

In addition, she has been working as an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Supervisor at St. Cloud State University’s (SCSU) Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has taught several undergraduate courses, and has supervised graduate level students to provide therapy to clients at SCSU’s Speech-Language Hearing Clinic.  At this time she is currently working on her Doctorate Degree in Higher Education Administration.

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Brought to you by Mattie Murrey, MA, CCC/SLP - Fresh SLP of The Missing Link for SLPs