Second year at uni on my Speech and Language Therapy degree is absolutely flying by! This coming Tuesday will be my 7th week of clinical placement, which I attend on a day release basis for 10 weeks. I am LOVING my placement. I am working with a client group I haven’t had much experience with previously; children with Autism.
Within the weeks I have been there, I have:
– administered some formal assessments (TROG, ACE, CELF)
– made observations of clients in an informal setting
– attended meetings with other professionals and clients’ family members
-worked alongside a paediatrician
-created session plans
-sourced and created resources for my sessions
-carried out the sessions
And I am sure that in my remaining few weeks, I will do a heck of a lot more too!
I was extremely anxious before the placement commenced about so many different aspects. One concern in particular was that I felt I wasn’t ‘qualified’ enough to be administering assessments and carrying out sessions. But with the encouragement and support of my amazing clinical educator, I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone and making the most of every single opportunity I can.
Gradually I am becoming more and more confident, and last week my clinical educator said that I was naturally suited to this job!!! That is such a HUGE compliment and made me really happy, and motivated me even more to continue working hard in order to succeed at university, so that in the future when I am (hopefully) qualified, I can be that clinical educator who is inspiring students and helping build up their confidence that they are able to do whatever they put their minds to 🙂