The flexibility of part-time distance learning has significantly benefited me
What made you decide to study Language and Communication Impairment in Children at the University of Sheffield?
I was drawn to this program because I was interested in pursuing a career working with students who have communication impairments, including my work with students in government schools providing support and counselling to help them navigate academic and personal challenges. I am also interested in pursuing research related to children's communication disorders.
What knowledge and skills have you developed during your course so far?
Throughout the program, I’ve developed a range of skills essential for working with children with communication disorders. These skills include:
- Communication skills: I developed strong communication skills, including active listening, empathy, and the ability to communicate effectively with children who have communication impairments.
- Assessment and diagnosis skills: I learnt how to conduct comprehensive assessments to help me observe and diagnose communication disorders.
- Intervention skills: I learnt a range of evidence-based interventions to treat communication disorders, including behavioural, play-based, and social communication interventions.
- Collaborative skills: I leant to work with families, educators, and other professionals to develop effective treatment plans and support children's communication development.
The knowledge and skills I’m gaining through the Language and Communication Impairment in Children program have significantly benefited my working practice. I am better prepared to work with children who have communication impairments.
MSc Language and Communication Impairment in Children student
How has part-time distance learning enabled you to work and study?
The flexibility of part-time distance learning has significantly benefited me, as I am able to balance my studies with work and other commitments. This flexibility means I can continue working while studying, which helps to minimise financial stress and maintain work experience while completing my degree.
What would you say to a student thinking about studying your course at Sheffield?
The Language and Communication Impairment in Children course is an excellent choice if you are interested in working with children with communication disorders. This program provides a comprehensive understanding of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders and practical experience working with children with these disorders.
The University of Sheffield is renowned for excellence in research and teaching communication disorders. Studying at this institution provides access to world-class resources and expertise in the field. Graduates of this program are well-prepared for future training in speech and language therapy, or work in various professions in the field, including education and clinical psychology.
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