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What makes people choose speech pathology over occupational therapy and vice versa?

I have been looking to go into speech pathology for some time but unsure if it's the right choice for me. Occupational therapy also seems to be a good career and has recently been on the top careers list in the past few years. What are the main differences between the speech pathology career and the OT career? Why/How do people choose one over the other? What kind of personality do you need to have to be in one over the other? Any input would be appreciated.

Asked By: blueviolet - 3/4/2009
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For starters, both are great careers that will always be in demand. I am a speech path student, and might be a little biased, but I will try to answers your questions... More
Answered By: Emily K - 3/7/2009
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Speech Pathology has to do with teaching people to speak and helping them improve their speech like pronunciation and talking clearly. OT are trained to order and fill out paper work for equipment needed for special need people with disabilities and working on their fine motor skills like gripping writing and so on. If... More
Answered By: murshida31 - 3/4/2009
 
OT is not all paperwork like the last answerer is assuming. Speech can also be a hefty caseload, which in turn will have you sitting around at the end of the day writing out clinical notes. Both have their ups and downs. One good thing is OT's usually work with an OT assistant, who can help you out throughout the day... More
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