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    Snny and Purple Paisley have great advice. Yes, there is a need, but there isn't enough funding to be fully supported, so there is a very high burnout rate and lots of frustrations. The positive side- there are so many students that really need support. You could make such a difference in their lives!

    Another possibility is to become a speech language pathologist. Then you have the option of working in the schools, in a clinic or hospital, or have your own private practice. I believe there is better funding available - but the certification requirements and training are quite rigorous and take a huge commitment to get through. Including practicum hours and a national exam.

    There is a shortage of SPED teachers as well as SLPs, at least in the US.

    As far as training to work with people with dyslexia, some states recognize it as a neurobiological disorder, and other states say there is no such thing. So do your homework on what is recognized and supported as a "Specific Learning Disability" in your area.

    Research has shown that there is a higher incarceration rate in those with untreated dyslexia, so you could literally save someone's life if you get the right training.

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    I canít do SLP because my college grades arenít good. Iím going to slowly start with tutoring regular kids and adults and see what happens. Iím doing medical billing work in the mean time.

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    What population interests you? Children? Adults? People who have had strokes/brain injuries? Children with neurological, developmental or genetic disorders? Have you considered volunteering in children's hospital or stroke unit, rehab facility or with wounded veterans in a hospital or outpatient setting?

    Keep in mind that most occupations that involve the touching or treatment of a person will require some sort of very specific license/certification. For example if you are a licensed hairdresser, you can't just start taking xrays or performing psychotherapy.

    The best way to see what is a good fit and what suits you/interests you is to try it out by volunteering. Also it's important what educational level you have and what educational level you would need regarding training, certification, licencing, etc. Have you contacted local community colleges to see what type of things they offer? Look up online what places have programs that you want to consider and what the requirements are.
    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    I canít do SLP because my college grades arenít good. Iím going to slowly start with tutoring regular kids and adults and see what happens. Iím doing medical billing work in the mean time.

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    Thatís a shame you canít to SLP because they make damn good money. That is worth going to school for. They have it made, and I considered doing it at one point.

    Being a reading specialist is a great way to work with children with high incident disabilities. However it is not an easy cert or job to get. My state recently changed the requirements to making you take additional graduate credits AND have are tenured - I tried to get in with my dual teaching certs in English and special ed, but the state department of ed changed it literally a weeks BEFORE I turned in my credentials and didnít qualify because I didnít have tenure status.

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