Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences In Focus: Alyssa Legnetti '16
What led you to be interested in Speech-Language Pathology?
I became interested in Speech-Language Pathology when my grandfather had a stroke. He needed both speech and swallowing therapy, and his speech pathologist helped him to regain most, if not all, of the function that he had lost.
What attracted you to Hofstra University’s SLP program?
I attended Hofstra as an undergrad and majored in Speech-Language Pathology from my very first day here. During my freshman year, I heard great things about the graduate program and the opportunities that were available to the students. I really loved the fact that you were given clients in the Saltzman Center from the moment you stepped into the clinic. I also liked that Treatment and Diagnostics were completed in two different semesters, because I know it would provide the greatest opportunities to learn about each individually.
Tell us about your relevant experiences outside of the classroom.
During my first semester, I worked with clients across the lifespan with a variety of different impairments. I worked with a four year old boy who had a language impairment, a nine year old girl with Autism, an Autism Social Skills Group with three different children, and an 80 year old woman who had cognitive impairments as a result of a stroke. I’ve also been a graduate clinician in the CCI Speech Friends program working with children in the Pre-K classroom as well as the Todd II classroom. I’ve completed a number of diagnostic evaluations, focusing on things ranging from articulation all the way to language and literacy.
Describe your experience working and studying with faculty in the Department Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.
My experiences with the faculty in the Department have been amazing. They are all so intelligent and are willing to help you when you need it or don’t understand something. I think it really benefits us as students that each professor specializes in something different. It gives us an incredible amount of background information for each of the classes, and it makes it easier to learn when the professor can give you real life examples or share their experiences.
What are your long term professional goals and how will the program help you reach them?
Ultimately, my goal is to be a medical speech pathologist. Right now, I am very interested in the adult population, with a focus in traumatic brain injury, aphasia, and swallowing disorders. The program is incredible because we get such a wide variety of experience, both in the clinic and in the classroom. We’ve had two separate classes on Aphasia and Dysphagia, which has given me a very solid introduction to both of those disorders.
What advice would you give others considering this program at Hofstra?
I would tell others that this is a very hands on program. You do therapy and diagnostics from the moment you enter the clinic, which puts it above and beyond other programs in the area. If you’re interested in getting experience across the lifespan and with a variety of disorders, then this is definitely the school for you!