Without giving away too much of my personal information, I have been in the field of Special Education for almost.... for a long, long time.
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Which is why I think I am somewhat qualified to comment here.
I think too many girls are going into Speech or Special Education who do not have certain qualities essential for those fields.
in no particular order:
limited English vocabulary
limited expressive vocabulary
poor eye contact
lack of exposure to a variety of reading genres and materials
limited knowledge of basic facts (called fund of knowledge)
It worries me. You cannot go into special ed because you want to make a lot of money. It is Chinuch. Unless you will move up the chain in the public school system, you're income will be limited.
You cannot go into a field like this, planning to work one-on-one privately without mentors or classroom experience or peer review.
If you somewhat mumble, are not articulate, and have weak or bland facial expressions, you may not be the best person for this chosen field.
Just because you want a job around people (vs. accounting, computers, graphics, which involve computers or numbers) doesn't mean you are cut out to diagnose, remediate, motivate, teach, inspire, etc.
You don't have to have gone to Camp Simcha, been a Bnos Leader, camp head counselor, etc., to be good at this. But you have to have shown some aptitude somewhere to someone.
Perhaps an aptitude test which indicates strengths and weaknesses.
I'd love to be proven wrong, in years to come.
Am I on target, or do ya'll think I'm a whining teaching has-been who feels threatens by youngsters??