Speech-Language Pathologists often express that opportunities available to other therapy disciplines or other medical professionals appear to be closed off to them. Their reasoning is that the perception of what speech-language pathologists do and the nature of our training impedes our ability to advance.
In this week’s podcast, my guest Vince Clark and I will continue to explore this perception. We designed a survey in 2021 that was accepted as an ASHA Convention presentation. Unfortunately, due to complications from Covid, we were unable to present it at that time. The survey was designed to determine why SLPs feel that leadership and career advancement eludes them. We will use this tool to determine patterns that may enlighten the profession as we seek to train our future leaders.
This is preliminary raw data, but eventually, we hope to shape this into a useful tool in the future. Our goal is to begin work that will empower SLPs.
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In this episode, you'll hear discussion about responses to the survey including:
“I don't feel that SLPs get a chance at leadership.”
“How could I possibly manage a multidisciplinary team?”
“How do I get a raise or a promotion in my job as an SLP?”
“What skills should I focus on education-wise in order to become a leader?”