The end of 2018 was a bit of a blur for me. Last semester was my first time supervising a graduate student and balancing the responsibilities of supervisor along with everything else took its toll.

I will say that I am grateful for the opportunity and that supervising students is an experience that is mutually beneficial. I am reminded of the recent articles I’ve read on reverse mentoring. My student brought in fresh ideas, exposed me to new concepts + reminded me what it means to think outside of the box for therapy activities.

Despite the hard work, it was such a positive experience that I volunteered to supervise another student for the Spring semester. I already have an idea of what kinds of things I will do differently (Jenn over at Crazy Speech World wrote a great article on creating SLP Intern Welcome Binders.) One of the changes I’ll be making is incorporating an interview before the official start date of the placement.

Here are the questions I am planning on using for the upcoming interview:

  1. What brought you to speech-language pathology? What are your professional goals for the next five years?
  2. What communication disorders are you familiar with? What is your training and experience working with children with autism?
  3. Are you familiar with assistive technology?
  4. What formal assessment tools have you used to evaluate clients?
  5. Describe a challenging case you’ve had to work on.
  6. Are you comfortable working in a group therapy setting? How do you handle a group therapy setting consisting of children with diverse needs?
  7. How would you respond to a parent who believes speech therapy is not helping her child?
  8. How would you assess non-native English speaking students?
  9. What are your biggest strengths and your biggest weaknesses?
  10. Do you have any questions for me?

Do you have your graduate students complete pre-placement interviews? What kinds of questions have you found most helpful during this practice?

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