Featured Certificant: Marla K.

Marla K.

CAS, Assistant Professor of Practice

What’s your favorite part about what you do?

Speech-language pathology is a diverse field full of a variety of opportunities to help others, engage in fascinating research, and even impact social change. The best part of being a SLP is that you have the honor of meeting everyday heroes. Communication takes on many forms and is often, taken for granted. However, when a person is effectively communicating, that confident smile displayed by your client is priceless.

As an assistant professor of practice at Marywood University I not only get the opportunity to give back to the field, but foster growth mindsets in graduate students and empower cultural humility. The gratifying moments are seeing a student’s skills evolve in the classroom and in clinicals, watching the student walk in graduation, and maintaining relationships thereafter!

How has your IBCCES training/credential helped you in your career?

Continuing education is paramount and one’s professional duty to their clients they serve. What I was taught in college in the ’90’s has dramatically changed. Thus, my approach to assessing and treatment of ASD and my teaching needs to reflect current best practice to achieve positive outcomes. There is a lack of autism-specific training that has detrimental impacts and IBCCES ensures you are not contributing. This training furthered my knowledge and in having their credentialing, I believe will show those in my community my commitment to providing quality personalized care for individuals who are neurodiverse.

How do you use/implement what you learned in the IBCCES certification training?

I teach my graduate students that expecting the ASD population to mimic neurotypical social communication through masking autistic traits is disrespectful. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) should retire the ableist model and advocate for accommodating neurodivergent needs, as well as accepting and embracing neurodivergent social communication differences.



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