Helping Chicago Schools Provide Speech Pathology Services

Speech Language Pathologist Chicago

Schools in Chicago and across the country are in desperate need of qualified speech language pathologists. A school speech pathologist can help students with speech language disabilities ranging from articulation disorders to severe stutters. Students with speech disorders deserve to have experienced, knowledgeable people helping them move forward.

If your school or district is having trouble providing enough high quality speech therapy for students, BNM can help. We provide both long-term and short-term speech pathologists to supplement your staff and additional resources to help you better serve your students.

Why Speech Pathologists are Hard to Come By

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 29,000 additional speech language pathology jobs will need to be filled between 2014 and 2024. That marks a 21% increase in job openings. Elementary, middle, and high schools will struggle to find enough people to take their open speech pathology positions for a number of reasons:

There simply aren’t enough qualified people. Becoming a speech pathologist in Chicago requires post-graduated training, and most programs only take fifteen to twenty people per year.

Schools must compete with other districts, long term health care facilities, hospitals, home health and private practice job openings for qualified speech pathologists.

For many speech pathologists, working in a school setting usually means dividing time between too many students and dealing with constant paperwork, parent expectations, serious time constraints, and budget restrictions.

How BNM Can Help

Our team of qualified speech language pathologists are available to help fill gaps as they appear. If you’re having trouble finding a full-time speech pathologist, we can provide your students with all the services they need while you build your staff. If you find yourself with more students in need of speech therapy than you are currently able to handle, we can supplement your staff and help your students get the personal attention they deserve.

Effective speech therapy at an early age can help students gain confidence, improve their self-esteem, and feel empowered to express themselves, making them better learners. As you plan for the 2017-2018 school year, contact our team to learn more about how BNM can help your speech students find their voice. 

Top 5 Benefits of Working with an Executive Speech Coach

Executive Speech Coaching Chicago

Effective communication is one of the cornerstones of good business. Being able to communicate with peers, your boss, and clients is an essential part of any job and the key to greater success. Here are five abilities that you can gain from working with an executive speech coach in Chicago:

  • The ability to communicate effectively – If you have difficulty making the people around you understand your viewpoint for any reason, your career will inevitably suffer. Whether you have a speech impediment, a strong accent, or simply a few bad speaking habits, an executive speech coach can give you the tools to make your voice heard.
  • The ability to give compelling presentations – Maybe you’re fine communicating with people one-on-one, but in presentations you freeze up. Speech coaching can give you tools to calm your nerves, speak more clearly, and make your points hit home every time you give a presentation.
  • The ability to work with diverse clients – Perhaps your way of communicating works well in your high-paced, aggressive work environment, but it doesn’t go over very well with potential clients. Or maybe you’re used to doing most of your communicating via email, but now a company wants to do everything over the phone. Learning how to make yourself understood within a wide range of work cultures will help you take your career and your business further.
  • The ability to speak as well as you think – If you often find yourself rehearsing what you have to say in your head before actually saying it, or worse, never speaking up at all because you worry about how you’ll sound, executive speech coaching can help. Through practical exercises and personalized training, you’ll learn how to get your thoughts across with clarity and confidence.
  • The ability to move up the corporate ladder – Whether it’s fair or not, your way of speaking might be limiting your career growth potential. Learning how to speak more professionally can open a number of doors that you’re ready to walk through. 

Beyond these benefits, executive speech coaching in Chicago can help your whole team communicate more effectively with one another, facilitate honest feedback, and improve company culture. To learn more, please contact our team today.  

Speech Language Assessments vs. Speech Language Evaluations

Our clients are often curious about the difference between a speech language assessment and a speech language evaluation. Both are important tools for evaluating a person’s speech. The core difference is that assessments are used to diagnose speech issues before any sort of training, and evaluations are used to determine what progress has been made at the end of a training cycle.

Speech Language Assessment

A speech assessment is diagnostic in nature. During an initial assessment, the person being assessed will sit down with a speech language pathology professional and undergo a series of simple speech-based tests. The process shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming. With the information that the pathologist gathers, they will assess the person’s speech patterns, strengths, and weaknesses against some standardized and some non-standardized measures of speech and language skill. The goal is to diagnose any current issues and come up with a plan for addressing those issues in a constructive and supportive manner.

Speech Language Evaluations

After working with a speech pathologist for a while, it makes good sense to do a speech language evaluation. Evaluations are used to measure progress and re-assess how well current therapies are working. An evaluation may or may not utilize standardized measures of speech or language skill. Usually the goal of an evaluation is to measure individual progress, so standard metrics can be less useful. In school settings, evaluations are usually done no more than three years after speech therapy begins. In a corporate setting, an evaluation might be done a few weeks or a few months into training to help measure growth and determine whether adjustments should be made to the therapy routine.

Tools for Growth

Both speech assessments and speech evaluations are helpful tools for guiding individual speech therapy. By starting out with clear goals and regularly measuring progress toward those goals, students can get a better grasp of their progress, which may be hard to recognize without outside feedback. That’s one of the great things about effective speech therapy – your speaking habits will change and develop in a way that becomes second nature. You may not hear the difference, but the people around you surely will.

To learn more, or to meet with a speech pathologist in Chicago, please take the time to contact our office today.