Fill the ‘Gap’ at a Life-Sharing Community “Fill Your Gap Year” (June 2014) offered suggestions for students looking for opportunities before beginning a master’s program. This is such a great idea no matter what a student’s circumstances. Learning in a real-life setting can be a valuable counterbalance to classroom work and undergraduate training. An experience working with ... Inbox
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Fill the ‘Gap’ at a Life-Sharing Community
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.19082014.5
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.19082014.5
“Fill Your Gap Year” (June 2014) offered suggestions for students looking for opportunities before beginning a master’s program. This is such a great idea no matter what a student’s circumstances. Learning in a real-life setting can be a valuable counterbalance to classroom work and undergraduate training. An experience working with special populations can be an exciting and expanding opportunity.
One possibility for volunteering is spending time in a life-sharing community, like Innisfree Village, with adults with intellectual disabilities. This experience provides valuable insight into the lives of people with disabilities, deepening volunteers’ skills in interacting with individuals with communication disorders, sharing their challenges and celebrating their accomplishments on a daily basis. Volunteers quickly realize the incredible impact of speech-language services on their lives.
Our volunteers have included undergraduate historians, architects, Army vets, graphic artists, special education teachers and more who’ve taken such an opportunity as a true gift. As they say in the Peace Corps, it may be the “toughest job you’ll ever love.”
Carolyn Ohle, Innisfree Village, Crozet, Va.

Thank you for this additional suggestion for prospective graduate students in communication sciences and disorders.

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