A week in the life of a Communicate Speech Pathologist
One of the best things working at Communicate is variety. Our mixed caseloads and the multiple settings in which we work ensure that our therapists are constantly provided with opportunities to develop their skills across many areas.
In a typical day, you could be working at a school with refugee learning groups, visiting refugee language groups, visiting early intervention clients in their homes, presenting to teachers at a high school or completing dysphagia assessments in a nursing home. There is no limit to the scope of your experience and learning at Communicate.
A Typical WEEK
Each morning I begin work by checking any urgent emails on my ipad whilst enjoying my morning coffee. I’m also able to finalise session planning for the day.
I travel between clients for face to face sessions which can take place in a variety of settings including homes, day care, supported work places, day programs, schools or within the community. I’m also able to see my clients via Zoom when necessary or preferred.
Between visiting my clients, I complete administration tasks such as invoicing, completing my notes and liaising with other health professionals as necessary. I’m able to complete this at a local café or at home depending on my schedule and the time I have available between my appointments.
At the end of the day, I finalise my invoicing and notes and ensure I have prepared for the following days sessions.
Each week I participate in internal PD opportunities and complete my weekly supervision with my dedicated supervisor. These are all conducted over the phone or via Zoom.
When I’m not seeing clients, I have a range of other tasks including:
- Completing blogs of topics of my choice and areas of interest. I really enjoy writing early language development in toddlers with Autism and ways in which parents can engage and play with their children
- Developing resources specific to my clients needs which I also share with the team upon completion
- Completing extra research in evidence based practice relevant to my current caseload as well as utilising our subscriptions to databases relating to Speech Pathology research.
I regularly participate in a range of Internal supervision and professional development opportunities.
Even though we are based in different locations, this does not restrict or limit the collaborative opportunities available to us. We are able to use Zoom to keep in touch during our fortnightly group supervision and discuss complex clients and upcoming PD opportunities. Every school holidays we come together as a team for a team building and professional development day where I am able to develop my skills from multiple clinicians within the team who all have a variety of experience and interests.
In addition, we are able organise our flexible work schedule allowing me to develop a diary that works best for me. With a weekly billable target (as opposed to daily), I am able to schedule clients in a way that best suits me. I choose to have three client focused days with two admin blocks scheduled on my two quieter days to dedicate to indirect tasks such as report and progress note writing.
Written by Zoe Bendall. Zoe is a certified practicing Speech Pathologist who completed her Masters of Speech Pathology at University of Queensland.