Getting up to speed: Voice and upper airway competencies (Schneider, 2022)
Purpose: It is well recognized in the field of speech-language pathology that getting a job either partially or solely focused on voice and upper airway disorders is competitive and sometimes elusive. This clinical focus article is intended to support the experienced speech-language pathologist (SLP) with limited voice and upper airway experience and hiring SLP manager by providing a framework to develop voice and upper airway competencies.
Method: Topics ranging from acknowledging and elevating previous experience, considerations around onboarding and mentorship, to reinforcing the value and necessity of evidence-based practice will be covered.
Conclusions: Considering SLPs with diverse clinical backgrounds brings different voices/viewpoints to this work. The provided framework can give experienced SLPs interested in voice and upper disorders along with hiring managers a pathway for the development of competencies and mentorship through this process.
Supplemental Material S1. Additional resources.
Schneider, S. L. (2022). Getting up to speed: A framework for experienced speech-language pathologists to develop voice and upper airway competencies. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_PERSP-22-00013