“It can be quite emotionally taxing as a career but our managers are very supportive professionally and emotionally and when you see the results through the progress children make, it is very rewarding.”
I work with pre-school children with complex needs in a child development centre. The children may have physical, neurological, developmental or behavioural difficulties associated with a diagnosis such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down's Syndrome or developmental delay. I also specialise in working with children with eating and drinking difficulties.
It can be quite emotionally taxing as a career but our managers are very supportive professionally and emotionally and when you see the results through the progress children make, it is very rewarding.
I do a 37.5 hour week with core hours of 10 - 3pm. It's very flexible and you can build up hours to take days off. There's no weekend or shift work and managers discourage us from taking work home, so it's a good balance.
I might be working in the children's homes, although they may also come to the centre or to groups we hold on developing communication skills or help them eat or drink safely meaning that mealtimes are as positive an experience as possible.
I think it's a great job for working in a team. The subject is wide ranging, but you can tailor it to your own interests. I'd advise anyone to do some research and work shadow before they get into speech and language therapy, just to make sure it's for them, because you need to feel passionate about it!