This is who I am!
Me, in a nutshell:
My name is Erik X. Raj and I feel blessed to be a part of the remarkable field of speech-language pathology. I’m a fully certified speech-language pathologist through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association who is licensed to practice in the states of New Jersey and Michigan. As a clinician, a majority of my services are provided in a traditional face-to-face setting. However, I have a growing number of clients across the states of New Jersey and Michigan that I serve through the use of Internet-based telepractice. I predominately work together with school-aged children and adolescents who have various speech sound and language difficulties, and I have a special interest in the assessment and treatment of young people who stutter.
It’s my belief that speech-language therapy not only benefits an individual’s ability to communicate, but it also increases one’s overall confidence and courage. I’m absolutely committed to inspiring all of my clients to reach higher with their communication and to do great things with their voices. For as long as I’m on this planet, it’s my mission to provide each person on my caseload with a positive and memorable communication learning experience that sparks a passion for persistent talking and lifelong growing. No matter where my career takes me, I know that my incredible clients have taught me much more than I’ve ever taught them, and for that, I’m more grateful than I can ever express.
Where I was educated:
I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. I then earned my Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. Lastly, I received my Doctor of Philosophy degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan as a Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship recipient.
My commitment to on-going growth:
Because I understand that we’re all works in progress, I have an unending devotion to lifelong learning. Since graduating with my advanced degrees, I’ve received numerous awards for continuing education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Continuing Education Board. Specifically, I’ve accumulated over 200 registered hours of continuing education in topics that revolve around cognitive behavioral therapy, as it relates to people of all ages with communication and swallowing difficulties. It’s my belief that if we, as clinicians, are able to help our clients become more self-aware of inaccurate or unhelpful thinking, we’re more able to help them to see their challenging situations with greater clarity, and thus, help them to respond to those situations in more effective ways.
Where I currently work:
I currently work at Monmouth University (West Long Branch, New Jersey), which is right on the Jersey Shore. It’s wonderful to be a part of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Monmouth University’s Center for Speech and Language Disorders. Everyone at Monmouth University is awesome and I’m certainly MU proud. Go Hawks!
Where I used to work:
I used to work for the Hamilton Township School District (Hamilton, New Jersey), Woodward Academy Charter School (Detroit, Michigan), and the Edison Township School District (Edison, New Jersey). Within all three of my previous places of employment, I’ve learned a great deal and met a massive amount of terrific people.
What I do during the summer:
Each August, I have the honor of being a facilitating speech-language pathologist at Camp Shout Out in Holton, Michigan. This one-of-a-kind sleep away summer camp for young people who stutter allows me to participate in a hands-on, unique training opportunity with some of the most forward-thinking and talented clinicians around. Being a part of this residential, interactive therapeutic experience in a traditional summer camp environment continues to mold me as a clinician.
In addition to my clinical work, I’m also a dedicated researcher that enjoys investigating topics that revolve around the subjects of stuttering support and teaching. Below are some of my more recent publications:
Hughes, C. D., Daniels, D. E., Raj, E. X., & Ghent, A. (2019). Using actors and peers in the clinical education of stuttering: Results from a mixed methods study. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 4(1), 21-34.
Trichon, M. & Raj, E. X. (2018). Peer support for people who stutter: History, benefits, and accessibility. In B. J. Amster & E. R. Klein (Eds.), More than fluency: The social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of stuttering. (pp. 187-214). San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.
Raj, E. X., Ahmed, N. N., & Hughes, C. D. (2017). Digital guest speakers who stutter: Student perceptions of videoconferencing within a fluency disorders course. Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders, 2(3), 238-249.
Raj, E. X., & Daniels, D. E. (2017). Psychosocial support for adults who stutter: Exploring the role of online communities. Speech, Language and Hearing, 20(3), 144-153.
My digital technology endeavors:
Apps and mobile devices have cemented their place within most of today’s K-12 learning environments. As a veteran iOS app developer who has created numerous award-winning educational apps for children with communication difficulties, I believe I possess a true understanding of 21st century learning. I’ve provided over 100 educational seminars to school districts and professional organizations across the United States, as well as in Canada and Iceland, on the topics of apps and digital technology. It’s always a pleasure to consult and collaborate with other innovative clinicians and educators.
My most recent app, Your Face Learning:
Your Face Learning is an award-winning educational app that allows users to personalize early learning worksheets in ways that have never been done before. With just a few taps on your iPhone or iPad, you’re easily able to snap a photo of your young learner’s face and it automatically gets added to a massive amount of category-specific early learning worksheets. Then, you can print or email your worksheets, or save them to your device. The personalized touch of seeing your face in your worksheet is truly second to none! Download it HERE.
My speech-language pathology-related podcast:
I’m the creator and host of SLP Trivia Fun. It’s the first (and only) game show podcast on the planet where each and every contestant is a speech-language pathologist. If you’re a speech-language pathologist that loves to play trivia and loves to have fun, SLP Trivia Fun is the podcast for you. (NOTE: SLP Trivia Fun is currently on a hiatus.)
My non-professional interests:
It’s my belief that none of us should ever be all work and no play. That’s why I make it a point to have several non-professional interests – some of which include Polish language learning, playing the bass guitar in a rock band called City Vision, singing karaoke, reading books by David Eagleman, and listening to really cool podcasts like Reply All, Beautiful Anonymous, The Joe Rogan Experience, and the H3 Podcast. So yeah, in short, I’m a cool dude. 😉