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Erin Strande
"I have had the opportunity to gain clinical experiences by conducting therapy with clients..."


Erin Strande - Sioux Falls, SD
Majors:  Communication Sciences & Disorders - SLP M.A. Program, Psychology

I attended speech therapy in elementary school and was inspired by my speech language pathologist (SLP).   I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to combine my interest of education with the health care industry.

While I was an undergraduate at USD, I had the opportunity to do a year of leveling courses within the communication sciences and disorders department (CSD) before applying to the graduate program.  These courses allowed me to get to know the professors and with every class I took it confirmed my passion for the field.

I have had the opportunity to gain clinical experience within the master's program by conducting therapy with clients with the guidance of my supervisors. It has allowed me to take this knowledge and apply the techniques into therapy.

My post-graduation plans are to stay in South Dakota and work as a SLP in a school or hospital setting.