Speech pathology career inspired by a movie.
Why speech therapy?
We asked Peone why she choose speech therapy? Peone replied, “ Speech therapy is something that sort of fell into my lap. Throughout high school I had no idea it existed. I was originally going to college in Buffalo for film studies. So I was given an assignment to go see the movie “The King's Speech” when it came out. It showed the King receiving speech therapy, and it was like a light bulb went off. I immediately switched majors and fell in love with every class I was taking. From then on I knew exactly what my purpose was, what I loved to do and how I was going to get where I wanted to be. On top of that, two of my sisters also received Early Intervention services when we were younger. It finally dawned on me that those women coming to our house were speech therapists, so that helped me make my decision also.”
Why Little Lukes?
Callie Peone originally joined Little Lukes after she finished her undergraduate degree in speech and hearing science. She always knew she wanted to work with children, and after she graduated she thought it would be best to get as much experience under her belt as she could. She started with Little Lukes as a 1 to 1 aide. She was then moved to a TA position in the toddler room. From there she started graduate school at SU, and worked at Little Lukes as a substitute. Once she graduated with her speech pathology masters degree Little Lukes supported Callie now on as a clinical fellow with a great supervisor. So here she is still finishing up her clinical fellowship at the Oswego Little Lukes Preschool and Childcare Center!
What is a normal day like for a speech pathologist?
In order for you to understand what it is like to be a speech pathologist at Little Lukes, we asked Peone to explain what happens on an average day. Peone said, “As far as day to day things go, it depends on the kiddo. I use my sessions to elicit and model as much language as I can. It's always good to read a book during a session. This allows you to model the language and ask comprehension questions. I also have kiddos who are settled into a routine of practicing their speech sounds each time they come in. I have established a routine with the majority of my kiddos that if they get their speech practice out of the way, then they are free to pick a fun activity for the end of the session. All of the toys and activities within my speech room are tools that can also be used to model and elicit language from the kiddos. So they don't know they're practicing even when they're playing!”
If you are interested in a Speech Pathology job at Little Lukes in the Syracuse, Oswego, or Watertown areas email apply @littlelukes.com or call (315)-326-3350. Little Lukes is proud to offer CF jobs and speech therapy jobs in Central New York.