Online Driving Programs

Driving schools have created specialized training strategies encompassed by online drivers education with the purpose to meet the newest demands for prospect drivers. The internet based method is addressed to several categories of age, however the most excited clients are teenagers who adore interactive software programs.

This method goes hand in hand with their busy timetable during and after school classes, while parents truly appreciate distance learning courses. Drives who acquired a certain quantity of driving fines but are too busy to enter a usual course, direct their attention to this method. Moreover, any driver who wants just to meliorate his driving skills might take into consideration specialized online drivers education.

Because of an ongoing rivalry, every particular driving school strive to enlarge its offer and the online drivers education has a major potential. So, they attempt to individualize as much as they can each preparation classes and to extend their choices. The goal of every certified online drivers education program is to be as more mobile as possible. This is the starting point for other major assets of online drivers education. See the list below and check why you must choose the web based approach:

* interactivity

The online drivers education effectively achieves the demands the law requires. There is no distinction between the traditional or online learning and training technique accreditation. Furthermore, it has a high amount of interactivity and in reality stand for a complete simulator. The training programs and effectively developed to fulfill all basic requirements obligatory to get a driving permit.

* fee and period reduction

Citizens tend to apply more to online drivers education as a result of low expenses and time requirements. This matter is directly associated to applicants time management. Citizens with a smaller amount of time to spend impart the advantages of web-based teaching techniques. They were able to successfully schedule the programs at their pace. Students are familiarized with the final examination by fulfilling specific questionnaires. Parents have welcomed the most the online drivers education, as they are already too busy with their own timetable.

* adapted approach

The online drivers education methods are continuously enhanced to meet the demands of various kind of clients. These internet based programs were made to assist teenagers obtain their permit but also to help aged people meliorate their driving abilities and for drivers who are concerned in dismissing recently accumulated traffic ticket.

Online preparation and examination would seem to get more and more attention on behalf of the clients who seem to have an improved picture of these courses as time goes by. Additionally, driving school managers are eager to face any challenges to be able to encourage their offer. Latest technologies allow teens to collect all the required information on this topic.

There are courses were candidates will study all there is to know concerning the safety regulations they have to follow and their significance. Managers have developed special programs on this topic. Partial and final examinations are meant to recognize the weaknesses that might affect bad habits in traffic. The treatment is successfully supplied by qualified web-based training applications.

For Esl Learners: Six Tips To Learn English Quickly

Many students tell me that they want to learn English quickly, and how can I teach them quickly?

Unfortunately, I cannot answer that question easily because how quickly someone learns a language depends on many factors – not just what they learn in school.

1. It depends on how similar your native language is to the language you’re trying to learn. If your native language is Spanish, you can learn English relatively quickly. If your native language is Chinese, it will take you longer to learn English.

2. It depends on your age. Younger people learn new languages more quickly than older people. Experts usually say that it is best to learn a new language before you are 12 years old, but don’t worry; you can still learn a new language if you are over 12 years old. It will probably just take you a little longer to learn.

3. It depends on how willing you are to take risks. If you aren’t afraid to talk and perhaps make some mistakes, you will probably learn English faster than someone who is so afraid of making mistakes that s/he never talks.

4. It depends on how much you listen to English every day, and how much you speak English every day. If you only speak English during English class, and then speak your native language the rest of the day, you will not learn English quickly. In order to learn English quickly, you have to use it all day long, every day, for many months. You need to listen to English-speaking radio, English-speaking TV and movies, and English-speaking music. The more you listen to English, the faster you will learn it.

5. It depends on how much you read. The more you read English, the faster you will learn English.

6. It depends on how much you study English. If you only study English one to five hours a week, you will not learn English very fast. You should study English at least four hours a day, every day of the week, if you want to learn English fast.

Let me give you an example. I once taught a group of Venezuelan students who wanted to go to college in the United States. They came to my ESL course with no English at all, and after one year they were ready to attend college.

One year to go from zero English to the university is very, very good. They learned quickly because:

• they spoke Spanish, which is very similar to English
• they were young
• they were not afraid to make mistakes
• they paid attention during English class, and practiced using every
new word and grammatical construction immediately
• they were living in the U.S., on a college campus, and took every
opportunity every day to speak English with American college
students, to watch American TV and movies, and listen to
American radio
• they studied English four hours a day, five days a week, for one
year

So if you want to learn English quickly, pay attention to these Venezuelan students and do the same thing they did. Then you can learn English quickly too.

How is Education Abroad Related to the College-University Mission Statement?

It is important to draw justification for a study abroad program from the college/university mission statement. Look for excerpts from mission statements and senior level administration for internationalizing the curriculum, developing students with a global perspective, preparing students for a global workforce, etc.

Write a mission statement for study abroad that makes it a priority to integrate international education services into the foundation of the college/university mission. A study abroad office mission includes an academic enhancement role and student support services. It is essential to include with your mission statement, some measurable intended outcomes for study abroad. Your statements of intended outcomes will guide your policies and practice.

It is also important to understand that every institution invests dollars and staff in endeavors that support and enhance the institutional mission and outcomes. Just as we see different levels of support for campus housing on various campuses, we also see different levels of support for international education.

Study abroad has long been considered an elective or “luxury” experience and thus has not been tied to the core values (and therefore finances) of most institutions. The closer you correlate study abroad with institutional priorities, the more leverage you will have in gaining support for your endeavors.

An example of a campus mission statement that is easily identifiable with education abroad.

Mission Statement:

We educate students to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.

And they go on to describe their core values as:

Academic Excellence, Diversity, Equity, and Shared Governance, Education of the Entire Person, Adherence to Common Ethical and Moral Standards Community Service and Global Citizenship, Environmental Stewardship.

This makes it easy to integrate study abroad into the core values of the institution.

Another example of a university mission statement is:

Our mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world.

However, some university mission statements require a little more work to integrate international education into the core values. For example consider the following mission statement

Our mission is to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and society. This mission is accomplished through instruction, which communicates the knowledge and values and imparts the skills necessary for individuals to lead responsible, productive, and personally satisfying lives; through research, scholarship, and creative activities, which advance knowledge and enhance the educational process; and through public service, which contributes to the solution of societal problems and enriches the quality of life in the State.

And yet other university mission statements do not lend themselves easily to integrating international education as a core value.

Our mission as a multipurpose public institution is to develop educated persons of inquiring, creative, and disciplined intelligence to be competent in careers that are fulfilling and to be socially responsible contributors to society. This University strives, therefore, to graduate people on the bachelor’s and master’s level who have had sound education in the arts and sciences and relevant specialized training built upon that base.

A study abroad office mission statement can also come in many diverse forms and visions. The following mission statement is an example of a diverse vision:

The Office for Study Abroad promotes opportunities for global education to all eligible students in order for them to gain an understanding of other countries, regions, languages, and cultures through direct overseas experience.

Some universities have taken the approach of being very explicit about their connection to the institution’s core values:

In support of the University’s mission to “promote the process of lifelong learning from both global and integrative perspectives,” the Office for Study Abroad offers international education opportunities to students through the University’s overseas study centers, international exchange partners, and affiliated organizations. As an extension of the University’s academic program, we promote academic excellence and provide access to high quality international education programs in expanding geographic destinations to serve a diverse student population representing a wide array of academic disciplines. As educators, we facilitate the academic, personal, professional, and intercultural development of students through the programs and services we provide.

And one more example of a carefully crafted mission statement that not only integrates international education into the university core value, but also sets criteria and objectives for policy:

We are a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Many hands – at home and abroad – make it so, and many benefit. Study abroad is one of the ways in which our students and others build and benefit from our University’s international engagement.

Our mission is to provide and facilitate a range of study and education opportunities abroad consonant in breadth and quality with on-campus curricula, offered for short or long duration according to curricular objectives and in consideration of students’ obligations, at a range of costs and with opportunities for scholarship or subvention such that study abroad opportunity is available to all students in good standing. Attention to students’ health, safety, and well-being abroad underlies all other considerations.

Our intention is that through study abroad we and our partners prepare students for global citizenship, guiding them to a greater understanding of world and domestic cultures and encouraging them to share that understanding with their hosts abroad and communities at home; that students gain or enhance area, linguistic, subject, and cultural knowledge and competence; that students contribute to their host communities; and that students emerge wiser and more engaged citizens

Driver Education Games

Driver education games are fun and informative and a good practice ground for students. While playing games, students are able to test their driving skill and knowledge and also find out where their weak points are. The games are useful because the students learn proper driving methods and techniques without actually putting themselves in harms way.

There are two types of games that can be played – one is the simple quiz game that test driving knowledge. Students can choose from a series of quizzes on various topics. This is a challenging way to test what students have learned in the driver education program, and it also prepare them for their driver tests.

Each question comes with multiple choices, and students will be given their score along with the correct answers at the end of the game. There are plenty of website where students can register for these quizzes and get results instantly.

Video games and simulation is another driver’s education activity. These games put students behind the wheel. By using certain controls, they can drive the car and progress to different levels. Scoring a certain amount of points allows the student to move on to the next level until the highest level is reached. At the same time, students can easily lose the game if they make mistakes. The graphics are very realistic and the games can be quite challenging. Video games are so much fun that parents play with their kids and see how well their children have grasped the concepts of driving. These games include stopping at signals, changing lanes, making turns, recognizing road signs, parallel parking, merging with traffic, parking and backing out of a parking space and so on.

In virtual driving simulation games students can practice driving in a virtual environment. Sitting behind the wheel, players must make their way through busy streets, highways and intersections and make real decisions. This is an excellent way for students to practice and prepare for their driver’s test.

Crossing Borders: National Hispanic Heritage Month 2006

As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, I am reminded of the Hispanic comedian who once joked that even in the month we are given to celebrate our heritage, we still have to cross a border. National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 – October 15 each year and this year I can think of no more of an appropriate theme to characterize this celebration than crossing borders. For Hispanics, this year has been all about crossing borders, beginning with the fierce immigration debate generated by the government’s desire to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States, mostly from countries south of our borders (all of Latin America, not just Mexico) as these immigrants cross the borders of this country by land, sea and air in search of a better life.

Hispanics cross borders from all directions to come to this wonderful land of opportunity and to reach a level of prosperity that we otherwise might not be able to obtain in our home countries. Yet for some reason we have the impression, whether real or imagined, that we are not wanted here. While it is very true that there are some who would prefer a country void of Hispanics (and other minorities, for that matter) the reality is that in a country as diverse as the United States, acceptance of Hispanics is probably more common than rejection. Assuming that is true, why do we tend to feel like we are not wanted?

In my opinion, this feeling of isolation within the United States has much more to do with another border many Hispanic immigrants choose not to cross once they have entered the country: the language border. While it is important to maintain our heritage and our culture, it is equally as important to learn the language of this country. Although the local, state, and federal governments attempt to attend to the needs of the monolingual immigrant Hispanic population by providing translation for elections, for court appearances, and other services at public offices, it is the duty and responsibility of Hispanics to make the effort to learn English and cross this border that hinders the progress of monolingual Hispanics.

An Argentine once told me that if he had to parachute out of an airplane into a remote region of China, he would have to learn Chinese or he would starve, as it is highly unlikely that the government would provide translation for him. In the US, the government spends millions of dollars providing translation services and translating documents, but in doing so, they may perpetuate the lack of English knowledge by Hispanic immigrants. What does it hurt to learn the language of your host nation? If anything, it will give rise to new financial and educational opportunities and help break down the cultural barriers that a limited knowledge of English presents.

By no means am I suggesting that Hispanic immigrants abandon their different cultures and become “gringos.” As a proud Puerto Rican, I do not try to hide my ethnicity, but at the same time I realize that a constant and overt display of my ethnic pride can sometimes be harmful. It is important to strike a balance between where we come from and who we are, to balance our origin and our character. Like every single Latino in this country, not only am I defined by my ethnicity, but I am also defined by my character, my skills, and the other components of my personality.

As a group we Hispanics tend to consistently define ourselves solely by our point of origin, our common language, and by our closely related cultures. This is a double-edged sword, because in accentuating our differences, we drift farther away from the necessary assimilation that will help us to get ahead. While it is very important to maintain our culture and remember where we came from, it is doubly important that we make the necessary changes in the way we value education and social mobility.

Rather than attributing blame for our problems to some unproven conspiracy theory that the mainstream is actively trying to hold Hispanics back and hinder our progress, we need to accept responsibility for our own failures and make the necessary changes to rectify the situation. We currently lag behind the mainstream in education, in median income, and we have a higher incidence of fatherless families and teen pregnancies. How much of this can we really blame on white people and the establishment that runs this great nation?

I am not saying that institutional racism and discrimination do not exist, because clearly they do exist. But the onus is on us to do our part to help minimize the effects of these ills. As they say in sports, “the best defense is a good offense.” If we are undereducated, we need to work harder to become educated to compete with mainstream individuals, thus demonstrating that we are at par and just as capable of success as our mainstream counterparts. If we lack English language skills or our accents make our attempts at communication incomprehensible, we must work harder to improve our mastery of the English language and minimize the accent so as to be understood.

The benefit that is to be reaped from our efforts to improve is that at the very least people will view us more as equals, rather than a group that falls short in areas that are essential to moving forward and to individual and collective success. People in general have an irrational fear of the unknown and different, and exhibit a certain amount of tentativeness, particularly when dealing with cultural differences. We minimize those differences by improving ourselves and demonstrating our competence and competitiveness. Every individual improvement we make collectively moves us forward, and even if it did not, do individual improvements ever really hurt? Of course not.

Crossing the cultural border is not as difficult as it seems, and it certainly does not have to come at the expense of denying our heritage. I feel that one of the biggest problems that we have as minorities is, as I stated, that we tend to define ourselves by our race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Again, it is perfectly acceptable to define ourselves this way, but what gets lost in this necessary celebration of diversity is acknowledgement of those traits and characteristics that unify us to the mainstream. We spend so much time embracing what makes us different that it overshadows the things that we have in common–the very things that unite us. Part of the reason there exists so much divisiveness in this country is because we refuse to define ourselves under one uniting umbrella, as an American race, if you will. We prefer to define ourselves as several competing races, and the only time we really do come together as an American people is on patriotic holidays (sometimes) and tragic days of remembrance such as September 11.

Again, by no means am I insisting that we stop identifying ourselves as Hispanics and stop celebrating our differences. I am only suggesting that we work a little harder to assimilate, as it is one of the things that will help us to progress and move forward. It is high time that we embraced not only our cultural differences but also our uniting similarities. In doing so we will cross the last great border that holds us back, the border of divisiveness. Only then will we truly begin making large and quick strides and moving forward as a people.

Finally, we must concentrate our efforts on looking forward to a brighter future, rather than trying to reclaim a past that should be behind us. Case in point: in the immigration debates that obsessed the political world earlier this year and curiously fizzled out once Congress reached an impasse, one of the arguments that immigrant Hispanics put forth was that the western and southwestern states once belonged to Mexico, and that the wave of illegal immigration was a “reconquista” or a retaking of what was once theirs.

It is this kind of irrelevant, flawed logic that keeps us living in the past and turning our backs to a brighter future as we focus our futile efforts on fruitless claims. It is this sort of silliness and ignorant thinking that holds us back as a people. In focusing on the past we build a new border to cross, because we block our view to the future and create a mental border that becomes increasingly difficult to cross. We constantly look for some sort of compensation for past wrongs, rather than focusing our energy on improving ourselves and crossing those borders that will lead us to better futures. We will never move forward if we consistently look back.

As we enjoy the cultural festivities of this month of celebration, let us remember to cross those borders that hinder our progress, moving forward to the brighter future that awaits us down the road.

High School Reunion Ideas – 10 Steps to a Fun and Memorable Event

Planning a high school reunion? Here are some reunion ideas to help you plan the perfect get together, whether you’re setting up one night of fun or a whole week’s full of adventures.

Class reunions are really exciting events. You get to meet up with classmates that you may not have seen for years as a lot of them have moved away from the old neighborhood to different cities, counties or states. Some of them may have even moved out of the country since graduating.

Maybe you’ve lost touch with a lot of your old classmates, even if it’s only been ten years since graduation. A lot of alumni may only see their old classmates at a class reunion so planning one that makes sure these alumni will keep coming back takes some good advanced planning.

So where do you start? Well, here are some planning ideas to help, starting with how to find all of those former classmates now that you’ve been out of touch for a while.

  1. Find some former classmates to help with planning a class reunion. Planning takes a lot of work but it doesn’t have to be stressful, especially if you can locate and “hire” some assistance from your old pals. And with today’s technology, not only can you find a lot of your old classmates through social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Classmates.com for example. And with the help of Facebook and free websites, you can even do a lot of the planning online as well. Once you find a few enthusiastic classmates with some good reunion ideas, start assigning out tasks such as…
    • finding those elusive classmates and getting email and physical addresses for invitations.
    • having someone look for a venue that’s large enough so you don’t have to worry about the size of the guest list later on.
    • planning a format for entertainment like music, games, etc.
    • making name tags for your classmates. This may come in handy if people have changed as they’ve aged.
    • planning a menu, keeping in mind that you may need a really wide variety to accommodate different diets like gluten free or diabetic. You want everyone to have some nice choices for their meals.
    • high school reunion ideas for decorations. This can be in the form of banners, posters, streamers, balloons, table decorations, etc. You might even decide to center it around a theme like the year you graduated high school.
  2. Location! Location! Location! Choosing where to have your reunion is extremely important for a couple of reasons:
    • Your former classmates may have to travel quite a distance to attend so you want a place that’s close to hotel accommodations for your long-distance buddies.
    • Size matters when it comes to planning a high school reunion location, especially if you had a large graduating class and you manage to get most of them to attend. And if they bring their spouse, significant other, partner or what have you, that’s twice the size of your class so you need to make sure the room or space is large enough to comfortably accommodate the amount people you expect to attend.
    • Price plays a role in the venue you choose. You don’t want to price anyone out of attending so your high school reunion ideas for choosing a location should definitely include price shopping for the best value. For example, if you find a hotel with a nice large room that’s often used for wedding receptions, maybe they’ll give you a discount if you book it early or give bulk discounts if X amount of guests book a room for the night at the same time.
  3. Plan months – if not years – ahead. You think you need to give plenty of notice to wedding guests? The exact “rules” apply for a high school class reunion. So one of the high school reunion ideas is to make sure you set the date out far enough for long distance classmates to plan their schedules accordingly. Some may have to take vacation time, hire sitters, board pets and save money to make the trip. High school reunion invitations should be fun and – well – inviting. Add a list of all of the classmates you’re inviting and if you have their permission, include their emails too. Add a list of alumni you haven’t been able to locate through normal channels and ask the invitees to get back to you if they know where any of the missing can be found.
  4. Use social networking sites like Facebook Groups to help give your classmates a head’s up about the upcoming reunion and to help locate your long lost high school pals. You can even set up a free website or forum to get the ball rolling plus ask for more high school reunion ideas from future attendees.
  5. Ask for donations. High school reunion planning can turn out to be pretty expensive, probably almost as much as a wedding reception when you really think about it. But don’t be nervous about asking your former classmates for a little monetary assistance to get done what needs to be done to make the reunion successful. One of the most helpful high school reunion ideas to help defray upfront costs is to make sure the reunion is “by invitation only” and sell the tickets well ahead of time. These funds can be used to pay for decorations, caterers, venue deposits, entertainment and favors or gift bags for the guests.
  6. Hire a photographer. You’ll want lots of pictures of your old classmates and even a new class portrait to commemorate this event. To cut costs here, check with your high school or community college to see if any of the students in photography classes would like to make some money. You’ll get really good photos and help another student in the process.
  7. Roll out the red carpet. Just like celebrity entrances, have your guests enter on a red carpet with the photographer taking their picture as they enter.
  8. Play music from your year of graduation. You can do this a couple of ways. When you check your high school or community college for photographers, ask around for music students or groups of students who have a band who’d be interested in playing at the reunion. Another option, if you have a local School of Rock, these kids would love the opportunity to show off their talents at an event like a high school class reunion. My nephew attends the School of Rock in Exton, PA and we’ve been to several of their “garage band concerts” and these kids have talent!
  9. Make up name tags for your former classmates. This will come in handy for those people who really look nothing like they did in high school.
  10. Gift bags or swag bags for favors. High school reunion ideas call for getting creative and nostalgic while being practical and fun at the same time. Like with any party favors, you can put together edible favors, useful favors, funny or gag favors or things that remind you of the year you graduated.

Custom laminated bookmarks make great favors because you can create them with different quotes on each one. Your classmates can share and swap them for their favorite quotes and photos. You can find quotes for your bookmarks just about anywhere and some suggestions are song lyrics from the top songs during the high school era and quotes from the backs of the yearbooks. Add magnets to the backs of the bookmarks. Magnets are always useful and fun favors for any party. In fact, you can use even us laminated bookmarks to mail out Save the Date notices to your classmates letting them know to “bookmark the date” on their calendars and watch for the invitations to come in the mail.

Hopefully these high school reunion ideas will help you with planning a high school reunion that all your classmates will love and look forward to for years to come.

Choosing an International School For Expat Kids? Things to Watch Out For

So, you’ve recently moved to Bangalore. You want your child to experience the same educational standards and enjoy the same school atmosphere that he is accustomed to, back home. Then, you should opt for an international school in Bangalore. Here are a few things to consider while choosing the right international for your child.

International in the school’s name doesn’t always mean international standards:

Just don’t go by the word ‘international’ in the school’s name.. It is common for many schools across India to use the word international in the name but offer local standards of education. So, it’s advisable to look beyond the name to see if the school really stands up to international standards in all aspects – right from infrastructure to quality of teaching staff to management policies and ethics

Is the curriculum international? Check to see if the school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) system of education. Most schools in USA and Europe follow this model, so it would be easier for your child to adapt to this curriculum. Also, IB international schools follow a holistic approach to education with equal emphasis on academics and extra-curricular activities. So, there’s a focus on the all-round development of your child.

World-class facilities or just local fare? Check to see if the facilities provided are world-class. In terms of infrastructure, check if the classrooms are air-conditioned, the labs well-equipped. Check to see if the faculty is internationally-trained? Some international schools in India even have faculty members of different nationalities. Take a walk around the campus to make sure that it’s look, feel and appeal is truly international – a place where your child will surely feel at home.

Hot tip: Check out the cafeteria to see if the school’s truly global. One great way to find out if the school is truly international is by just visiting the cafeteria and tasting the food over there. If you can find some cereal for breakfast and spaghetti for lunch, you can be sure that you’re child will feel right at home in the new school. After all, you’re child needs to love the food and be well-nourished in order to enjoy the whole learning experience, isn’t it?

Earning the Best Speech Therapist Salary

Becoming a speech therapist is an interesting and challenging career for anyone seeking a healthcare profession where they can both treat and teach at the same time while being a strong, positive influence on others.

The area of a highly detailed one requiring a substantial educational commitment, but the benefits in this profession are many.

Offering not only a chance for career advancement and specialization, but also a very favorable salary, practitioners are in demand right now.

Job outlook for healthcare professionals is very positive right now, and there are more jobs than ever before.

Speech Therapy Salary

Since speech therapy is a more specialized healthcare career that requires considerable education and training, practitioners are paid well.

According to the most recent salary information provided by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor statistics, the median salary for speech-language pathologists is approximately $67,000 annually, which is almost double the median salary of all occupations combined, at $34,000 annually.

The estimated salary scale includes a range of a low of $43,000 annually to a high of upwards of $103,000 annually.

Most practitioners were employed by state, local and private elementary and secondary schools, with the rest employed in private practice and a few in skilled nursing and with home health agencies.

According to job outlook information gathered over the last few years, it is expected that jobs will continue increase up to 23 percent, which is nearly twice as fast as the general employment growth rate overall.

Experience Matters

According to a 2011 salary survey done by median salary was $70,000 annually, with a range of $58,000 annually for practitioners with only 1 to 3 years of experience, to upwards of $90,000 annually for practitioners with over 30 years experience and practice administrators.

Skilled nursing facilities provided the highest salaries of up to $82,000 per year while practitioners working for outpatient clinics and in private practice earned an average of $65,000 annually.

Salary for practitioners in Canada seems to be fairly consistent with those in the US according to the most recent findings by Statistics Canada, and reports a median salary of about $75,000 CAD annually. Sixty percent of practitioners earned above $50,000 CAD annually, and main areas of employment were with hospitals and schools.

In the UK, NHS salaries for entry-level speech and language therapists begins at approximately £22,000 annually, but it is said that this rate is quickly raised to salaries between £25,000 to £34,000 annually once a practitioner has demonstrated skill in the field.

Senior speech and language therapists usually start at about £37,000 annually and can rise to up to £46,000. Principle therapists who are also managers may earn up to £58,000 annually. While these salaries are for practitioners working within the NHS, those in private practice may earn more.

How to Become a Speech Therapist

Anyone interested in a career will need to earn a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology in order to be qualified in the US and Canada (the UK requires at least a Bachelor’s undergraduate degree to enter the profession).

This involves four preparatory years of general education while earning a Bachelor’s degree, and then the completion of a speech-language pathology program that (CAA) to earn their Master’s degree.

Accreditation is overseen by the Royal College of Speech and Language Specialists (RCSLT) in the UK, and in Canada, by both the Canadian Accreditation of Service Programs (CASP) and (CACUP-ASLP).

Upon graduation, students are able to file for their licenses to practice where required, which includes almost all states and provinces in the US and Canada.

Graduates practicing in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Certification is optional to practitioners, but is highly recommended, especially for those seeking job advancement and specialty recognition.

Prospective students who may be interested in a career as a speech therapist are recommended to contact the professional organizations mentioned above to learn more about accredited educational programs and other learning requirements.

By attending the best educational programs, students will graduate well prepared for earning a competitive salary as they begin their new, exciting career

Prospective students who may be interested in a career as a speech therapist are recommended to contact the professional organizations mentioned above to learn more about accredited educational programs and other learning requirements.

By attending the best educational programs, students will graduate well prepared for earning a competitive speech therapist salary as they begin their new, exciting career

Speech Therapy Job Description Offers Great Diversity

Anyone who is interested in language, speech, and helping people in a therapeutic environment should consider a job as a speech therapist.

Also known as speech-language pathology, this segment of the healthcare services industry is more teaching oriented than anything else, although it does require the planning of therapeutic treatment along with other medical professionals.

The speech therapy job description is actually quite diverse however, offering talented individuals who are patient, compassionate and can view their work from a more medical point of view the chance to work with patients of all types, from children to older adults. Treatment options are varied, and specialization is an option, making it a wonderful career option in a more academic therapeutic environment.

What Speech Therapists Do

Verbal communication is one of the most unique and important traits that people have, although sometimes there are situations that prevent that communication. When people are affected by things that interfere with their ability to verbally communicate on a normal level, the services of a therapist can be very helpful.

Many times this means working with children who have developmental or learning delays, or are experience other conditions that have affected their ability to speak such as hearing problems, emotional issues and even physical problems like a cleft palate.

By working with these children on things like pronunciation, how to use their mouths and tongues to make words and how to control their voices, a therapist can be a huge asset in any child’s life, helping them to progress to a more normal manner of communicating with others.

Working with children is not the only job however, since there are many adults that need services as well.

This is especially the case with elderly patients who may be developing difficulties as they age, and from other developing problems like loss of hearing, or many times as the result of a stroke.

Patients who have experienced a stroke will sometimes lose their ability to control their voices or actually, physically speak; speech-language pathologists can be very helpful when working with these patients as they recover, so they can regain their normal ability to communicate with others.

Other Jobs in Speech Therapy

While children and older adults make up a large portion of the patients that speech therapists work with, they may also work with patients of any age who are mentally disabled, those who have sustained a brain injury that has affected their ability to speak, and those who are experiencing emotional traumas preventing them from speaking.

In a more academic and less therapeutic manner, speech therapists may also work with students of all ages who are learning a language that is not their native one, or even teaching business people how to correctly speak in foreign languages if it is required for their jobs.

Additionally, speech and language therapists are frequently hired by colleges to help teach and oversee their own speech-language pathology educational programs. Really, the job description offers many options in what type of work a therapist actually does, and which patients or clients they work with.

How to Become A Speech Therapist

Since it is such a detailed profession, those wishing to become speech therapists are usually required to graduate from a Master’s program in speech-language pathology. They must study on how to be part teacher and part therapist in order to appropriately fulfill the speech therapy job description and prosper in their career.

Also, those seeking certification – which is highly recommended, is required in many regions, and offers the most in job advancement and the ability to specialize – will need to have graduated from a Master’s program; prospective students should take all this into consideration when researching schools, and educational requirements.

Even though becoming a speech-language pathologist involves a more lengthy college career, most entering the field find the effort well worth it in the end. Between the diversity of the job description, the ability to advance education and specialize if desired, and an attractive salary, those working in this profession enjoy it greatly.

Prospective students looking for more information about entering a speech-language pathology program are recommended to contact their country’s professional association of speech-language therapists, which can usually point them in the right direction in regard to approved programs, and how to get started in the profession.

Building and Managing a High School Soccer Program

The following interview is with Coach Bill Bratton, who was my Soccer Coach at Cross Keys High School in Atlanta, Georgia for the school year 1989-1990. I asked him for an interview to share his thoughts on Soccer. He has been involved with Soccer for over 25 years so I wanted to pick his brain on the subject.

Stafford:

Hello Coach, you have been coaching high school soccer for over 25 years. How did you first get involved in the sport?

Coach Bill Bratton:

Hi Stafford and thank you. Well I started coaching soccer in 1982 in DeKalb County in my first year teaching at Sequoyah High. The previous coach had left and the school needed someone to coach. The principal offered me the opportunity to take over the program.

Stafford:

How was that experience for you and how did you prepare for this new role as a High School Soccer Coach?

Coach Bill Bratton:

I will admit I had never played or coached soccer before. In the off season I spent time preparing and learning by reading books and going to clinics. I will also admit that the players knew more about the skills, the formations and what it took to play the game than I did but it was the coaching organization of putting a team together to play as a team that was my strength. I really enjoyed coaching soccer once I mastered the knowledge I needed.

Stafford:

How long did you coach at Sequoyah and how did you end up at Cross Keys?

Coach Bill Bratton:

I coached Sequoyah for 4 years before DeKalb began a consolidation program and I transferred to Cross Keys in 1986. I had the privilege of coaching the Keys program for the next 20 years. I earned my Georgia class D coaching license as well as a Class C level National Coaching license from the USSF. The situation at Cross Keys was much like Sequoyah, they needed a new soccer coach and the AP who would become the principal offered me the position.

Stafford:

How was the situation at Cross Keys, and what did it take to build the program?

Coach Bill Bratton:

It took hard work and discipline to build the program. My job involved rebuilding a program. It had lost its organization, discipline was amuck, and the program wasn’t winning, just 2 years from finishing 3rd in the state. I had to incorporate discipline into the program and to teach players what playing on a school competitive team meant and was needed to win. This progress was going to take many years to complete.

Players would tell me “Coach we just want to play”. Cross Keys was a highly transient school. It was a constant rebuilding progress every year. They had no understanding of playing as a team, that they had to come to practice, to commit, and to be successful they had to play as a team. As I look back that took 2-3 years to get across. Once we reached the point of players returning consistently, I started instilling in the players that we were playing to win. They were playing in a competitive environment. If they just wanted to play there were rec teams, club teams, and other leagues they could go and “just play”.

There were teams that we could beat just based on talent and skill alone so we had to start winning those games. Slowly players started to understand, but they had no knowledge of what playing for a State Championship” was or meant. But we started to win games we should of and it was time to go to the next level, winning games that were 50-50. Again this level took 3-4 years to develop. I constantly had to preach to the teams what we were out there to accomplish. We wanted to win games and develop. After getting to the point of winning 50-50 games, we needed to win games that we were not expected to win. Our goal was to make the region playoffs to go to the state playoffs. The final step in the development was to defeat teams no one expected us to. It was always my belief that we had the ability, the skills to play with anyone and defeat anyone on any given day. In my last 5 years at the Keys we had two teams to reach the 2nd round (sweet 16) level of the state playoffs.

Stafford:

Awesome! I see a pattern here and a valuable lesson to be learned. An opportunity was presented; Rather than turn it down because you had no prior experience in soccer at that time, you made the effort to learn about the subject by spending time ” preparing and learning by reading books and going to clinics”, etc. You mentioned it took work and discipline and eventually you mastered the knowledge that was needed to coach high school soccer, which I saw when my old high school merged with Cross Keys and I ended up playing for you in my senior year. You seemed to have had a passion for soccer and knowledge of the game and the know-how to get players excited for the game and team unity. But all of that was accomplished through your own hard work and effort. How important is “discipline” for the aspiring soccer player and anyone in general?

Coach Bill Bratton:

Let me start out by saying that I believe discipline is an important attribute for anyone to have. To achieve individual or team goals one must have self-discipline. Discipline can have many different meaning to each person. It can be a commitment to attending practices, to going beyond what is asked of one to do to prepare. Discipline comes from having goals and achieving goals come from being disciplined. Some say that my teams were disciplined. On a team there can be only one chief who must lead and lead by setting the discipline of what is expected from others. The others must be willing to accept the standards and work together to achieve for the benefit of the whole and not the individual. If the team has discipline many other honors will come their way.

For many years as the coach I would tell the teams our goals, the purpose of what we will be trying to achieve, and that to reach these ideals we must all be on the same page. Some years I would have players who as the season would progress would disagree with the discipline and feel that certain things were unfair. They would question the purpose, the lineup, and the style of play or other team discipline. Of course I would try to talk with them, explain what was being done and why, listen to their side of the picture. I always had an open door if a player wanted to talk or discuss issues but not in public or at practice or during a game. I recall one instance where 5 players who I had taken out of a game and disagreed with my decision that they left the team bench and set in the stands. These players were removed from the team immediately after the game. On another team years later the players felt the formation we were playing and the players in those positions was wrong. This time I gave that team the chance to play the players and the formation they felt we needed to be playing. I said you have a half to show me that I am wrong and if it doesn’t work it will be done my way and there will be no more discussion and if you cannot agree with my decisions you have a decision that only you can make. Well the team’s way didn’t work so at halftime I told the team I gave you your opportunity now it will be done my way.

I always in my 26 years of coaching have told every team that I coach (you might recall this)… I don’t care who you are, I don’t care how good you are (even if you are the best player), or who you know… If you have to be disciplined you will be disciplined. No matter how much it might hurt the team, you know the rules and you know if you break the rules you will be disciplined and I will discipline you.

Stafford:

Thanks Coach. Have you had any experience with Club Soccer (soccer outside of the school system)? What is your thought on Club Soccer and its impact on High School Soccer? For example, some players who play high school soccer in the Spring may have Club teams that they play for that trains Summer, Fall and even Winter!

Coach Bill Bratton:

My experience on coaching Club has been limited as I coached one year with a U-14 boys’ team with Roswell Santos club league. We won the Fall and Spring season championship. A few years later I worked with Concorde Soccer coaching a U-12 boys team for a year.

If a player is looking to be seen and has the dream of playing at the college level then the club system is the way to go. But keep in mind that this is for elite level players. If they are good enough there is a program that they can go through to reach a higher level of play if they have the talent. First is to be selected on a top level team, to try out for the State select teams, to reach Regional recognition, etc. In the summer they should attend a quality soccer camp to improve their skills and to be seen by college coaches. In high school some club coaches look down at the high school programs and encourage players not to play on their school teams for a lack of quality coaching, getting injured, lack of talent, and low level of play from many schools.

I encourage my players to find a club team to play on in the off seasons as it can only help to make them better. In the Fall if they are not playing on a club team, I encourage players to practice Cross Country to start developing their stamina and if possible to go out for wrestling in the Winter. Some club players come into the High School level and will tell me they can only play a midfield or an outside wing position. I try to teach my players that even though they played center midfield on their club team they are a great fit in the defense on the school team. Players need to keep an open mind and be willing to play the position that will give the team they are on the opportunity to be competitive and a chance to win.

Stafford:

Thanks Coach! Having been a club coach for several years, I can relate to the statement “some club coaches look down at the high school program and encourage players not to play on their school teams from a lack of quality coaching, getting injured, lack of talent, level of play from many schools.” Not that I have ever made that statement. However, that statement may have had some validity in the past, but do you see this changing as new generation of teachers who may be coaching high school or middle school presently are actually former soccer players who are also teachers, but may want to use the high school experience as a career path for some form of College/Professional coaching? This may be the case for some private schools.

Coach Bill Bratton:

Yes I see this getting better. The coaching at the high school level has shown major improvement in the coaches’ knowledge of the game. High schools teams now, like club teams can hire community coaches to help coach teams now and pay a stipend. These individuals must take the state required courses to become a community coach and follow the rules of the school, the county and state as they coach. So high school coaches who might lack in the skills and able to find someone willing to coach to teach/work coaching the players the skills or to work on the strategies and tactical aspects of the game. This is what many club teams do now. They have a person to run the run but pay hundreds of dollars a month for a named/quality individual who was a former player, etc to actual do the coaching.

Stafford:

****Coach Bratton retired in 2006, but after 7 years he wanted to get back into coaching and took over the varsity boys position at a High School in Fulton County (Georgia) as a community coach. It was great speaking to him again after so many years. ****