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Speech-language pathologist Jessica Holman, MEd, CCC-SLP, joins the continued community from New Jersey, where she works with kindergarten through 8th-grade students with hearing loss, utilizing both American Sign Language and spoken English. Throughout her career, she has worked with a wide range of language deficits and served in early intervention, middle school, and nursing home settings.
I firmly believe that communication is a human right, and we as speech-language pathologists help people achieve that.
What do you like most about what you do?
I adore my students! I also like the freedom to work with any material I choose. I often pull from curriculum, but every so often a current event or some song lyrics are nice to pull from when working with clients.
Why are you passionate about your field?
Speech-language pathology helps people in exactly the way they need help. Working in a school as a speech-language pathologist is great because we aren't tethered to a curriculum developed by politicians. Then in nursing homes, we get to work on what the patient needs to feel like themselves again. I firmly believe that communication is a human right, and we as speech-language pathologists help people achieve that.
What value does online learning hold for you?
Working in a school, rarely are speakers brought in that can help me with my specific job. It is nice to have the option to do online courses that apply to my field from the comfort of my office.
What impact has continued had on your ability to advance your training or apply new skills to your area of practice?
When I have a question about an area that I haven't thought about since graduate school, I can pop on to SpeechPathology.com and find courses and information instantly. I don't have time to comb through research, so luckily all the presenters and authors have already done the work!
Thank you, Jessica Holman, for being a part of our continued story.
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