If you’re a current speech therapist, or you’re thinking of entering a field that helps people with one of the most important functions they have — their speech — then check out the following free resources just for speech therapists.
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional association for those who are engaged in a career relevant to hearing and speech. This includes speech therapists. The ASHA’s website describes it as the “professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.” Visit the organization’s website at www.asha.org for more information about continuing education, career development and certification resources. Membership means you’ll have to pay a fee, but many free resources are available at the ASHA website.
If you work with people who are deaf, you’ll want to explore the offerings of the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), at www.nidcd.nih.gov. A division of the National Institutes of Health (www.nih.gov), the NIDCD offers a great amount of information regarding deafness as well as on voice disorders. What’s really nifty is its “Talk to an NIDCD Information Specialist,” where you can ask questions of an expert and receive guidance to additional databases and publications.
Speaking of publications, the ASHA mentioned above publishes the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. The Journal publishes research on several clinical practice topics, all of which are peer-reviewed. You can get a subscription when you join the ASHA or you may purchase an online subscription for a small fee.
If you’re a speech therapist and looking for your next position helping individuals with speech disorders, contact Centra Healthcare Solutions. We offer temporary, direct-hire and even traveling assignments at rehab therapy sites all over the country. We look forward to hearing from you.