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Published on Apr 10, 2013
James Brinton, speech-language pathologist (SLP) at Katherine Thomas High School, discusses how he is challenged and motivated by working with moderate-to-severe learning disabled high school students, as well as working with a team of professionals to address students' needs.
James Brinton: "The thing that's most rewarding about being a speech language pathologist is getting to work with the adolescents that I see every day -- to be challenged by them, to be inspired by them, and to help them learn to be successful. I'm James Brinton. I'm a speech language pathologist at the Katherine Thomas High School in Rockville, Maryland.
[Brinton speaking to students, "I'll read it. I want you to follow along, and then..."]
I chose to work with high schoolers with moderate to severe learning disabilities because I realized it's very important for them to have the skills to transition out of high school into adulthood. I work with a social worker for each student. I also work with an occupational therapist and a school psychologist. We come together to collaborate on the goals that the students have.
The American Speech Language Hearing Association supports me in two ways: they provide scholarly articles for me to read as I research about my clients, and they also keep me connected to other professionals in my field in different settings, such as a hospital or a clinic.
[Brinton speaking to students, "Just what we did before: open mouth, so..."]
With the experience that I've gained here I hope to get a strong clinical foundation and either someday open up my own speech practice or return to a university to teach and supervise clinically. I love working with the students. They challenge me and inspire me every day. I love the support staff and the school. And I think being a speech language pathologist is a great career. At the end of a work day, I definitely feel like I've worked hard. I have a sense of fulfillment knowing that I have improved students' lives, and I look forward to the next day."