I have always loved reading blog posts and learning from the amazing community of speech language pathologists around me. Never, did I ever, think that I would be casting myself out there in the world wide web with my own blog. My passion for the field of Speech Language Pathology and feeling/seeing the burnout happening in the field has led me in the direction of creating digital speech therapy materials.
Let me introduce myself with a quick 5 facts about me.
- I have been working in the field of speech language pathology for almost 20 years now. Yikes! I have worked in acute care, adult outpatient, child outpatient, home health, and private practice settings. When I was in grad school, I swore I would NEVER work in the schools. I have been working in the schools for over 6 years and I LOVE it. It is the perfect mixture of functional, from my adult outpatient therapy days, and fun child spunk that I need to come to work every day. I love the challenge of speech therapy in the public school system.
- My family and I love the mountains and we often find ourselves in the mountains on the weekends throughout all seasons. My love for my family and the outdoors was another factor that brought me to creating digital speech therapy materials. I wanted to be spending time in the mountains with my family not prepping materials for the next week of therapy.
- I try to make it to the ASHA convention every year. It is a priority. I love the energy. I love the recent research. I love getting to learn new evidence-based strategies. I love seeing new materials. I may….actually….love that silly free Super Duper bag that you get every year. My advice to every SLP graduate student that works with me, is to go to ASHA. It is worth it.
- I work in the same school that I attended when I went to elementary school. I also have my own private practice in which I consult and see patients outside of school hours and during the summer months. I love keeping my hand in the private practice setting while understanding school-based services too. My hope is that this will help me to create evidence-based speech therapy materials that can be used across settings. Digital speech therapy materials have allowed me to be more efficient in my prep time for sessions because I always have what I need.
- I am working on balance with my home and career. I will do my best to share on this blog, as well as in my social media feed (Instagram and Facebook), different things I do to try to help balance the many hats I wear. I see the burnout happening within our field. I feel the burnout. However, I worked hard as a graduate student with this very job in mind. I am lucky to be able to have this opportunity with these students and professionals around me. I am going to do my best to take care of myself so I can give not only to my students but also to my husband and 2 little boys.