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I just read a great book. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. It's set in Botswana and is about a woman who sets up a small detective agency and solves several mysteries. It has a rambling sort of style that jumps backwards and forwards in time. The discussion of African culture is very interesting, and the book is really funny as well. In an odd way, it reminds me of the Mitford books because it is "heart-warming," although it is not relentlessly Christian. The author has written two more in the series, so I will definitely have to pick those up.


Saw "Pirates of the Carribean" last week and loved it. Johnny Depp is hilarious. I'll definitely get the DVD. I next want to see "Seabiscuit." I read the book, which was a great story of an underdog horse. For some reason I love racing books (Dick Francis, anyone?) even though I have been on a horse only once or twice in my life. OK, this is the MOVIE section--stop talking about books!! I also want to see: "Gigantic" which is about They Might Be Giants, but it's not coming here! :( "A Mighty Wind" which is not playing any more--didnt play at the corporate megaloplexes in the suburbs so I didnt get a chance to go.


Haven't been watching much TV since it is summer, but my dad told me about Monk, the USA show about a detective with OCD. It is pretty good. Ordered the premiere episode on DVD. My laptop with DVD player is getting a workout.

Other Stuff

Interesting finding on a possible early predictor of autism here.

Who would buy that is a hilarious site about weird stuff people sell online .


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Jul. 16th, 2003 03:23 pm (UTC)
This has nothing to do with this post, but ... I saw you in randomquestions and the "slp" in your username caught my eye, and of course, I found out what I had suspected: you're a speech-language pathologist.

I really want to go into this field, but some of the information I need to find out I can't really find out as much as I'd like to.
An SLP needs a master's degree, correct? What happens after the degree? Do you need a certain number of hours before you're truly licensed or some bull like that?
What kind of classes do you take for the degree?
(And I know this is personal, but this is what I really can't find...) How much money do you make starting out in the field?
Is it hard to find a job if you just got your license and really haven't held a job in the field before?
Where are the most common places for these people to be employed? Because I want to work with old people. Haha.
Is there a difference between a speech therapist and a speech language pathologist?

If you answer my questions, I will be forever so grateful, because it's more informative to ask than to just read off of a website by some anonymous person.
Jul. 16th, 2003 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: SLPs
Well, it's best to have a masters to be a fully licensed SLP. You can become a licensed assistant with a bachelor's, but you have to be supervised by a Masters level SLP, so it's harder to get a job.

You don't have to have an undergrad degree in speech in order to get a Masters. In fact, my undergrad is in chemical engineering!

You take a masters in Speech Disorders or Communication Disorders or something similar. During the Masters, you take classes and you have practicums. The practicums are where you actually practice under supervision in different situations. Hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc.

After your masters you have an internship year where you still have a supervisor. Usually called CFY (clinical fellowship year). After the end of the year you get a state license and national certifications (CCC). Then you can practice without a supervisor.

Money depends on where you live and where you want to work. Also job oportunities are the same. In my class in Texas, most people had a job by graduation. Average salary probably between 30-40 k.

This is a good website with lots of info: www.asha.org. It is the national group.

Also there is an lj group called speech pathology.

Good Luck!
Jul. 16th, 2003 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hey! where you been all year long? busy workin' or something?
Jul. 16th, 2003 08:08 pm (UTC)
well, sorta. See my previous journal entry where I explain all. Thanks for not taking me off your friends list!
Jul. 22nd, 2003 11:27 am (UTC)
Oooh! I didn't know there's going to be a movie about TMBG!?! *zones* Must see....
Jul. 22nd, 2003 11:38 am (UTC)
www.giganticfilm.com is the website for the movie. I hope it comes to your town!
May. 9th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
I'm getting to know you. Hope you don't mind. I love Monk! I have a couple of "kids" (20somethings) on my flist who are autistic and Asberger's. They'll tell you who they are. I am fascinated by who I'm discovering and how you got to be you! I am so sorry that it took this awful event to bring us together but I'm sure glad that something did!
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