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Last week I met a skilled clinician who had recently relocated, transitioning from running a private practice in an urban environment to working in a rural school district. After our conversation, she shared the following sentiment: “I was encouraged by your own strong feelings that school-based clinicians aren't second class therapists and ...
In the early days of my career, I apprenticed with a clinician who specialized in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She was highly skilled and in tune with her clients, who used forms of AAC to communicate. One day, a young girl arrived for her therapy appointment. The girl wore ankle/foot orthotics on both legs and had a stilted ...
Just when you think you are invincible the unimaginable happens. I am sad to my core.
Today I got word that a beautiful young man that we have been working with has passed away. His life was cut short. This was all so unexpected and unimaginable.
He was an extraordinary young man. And although we were the therapists that were supposed to be ...
Children accessing speech therapy should never be about politics,
budgets, and high caseloads. Speech therapy and other types of therapy should
be available to all children that demonstrate the need.
As I write about this, I reflect about my own past working for a school
district where I learned about the world of politics as a recent ...
Speech language pathologists use an impressive amount of technical terminology, also known as jargon. This is to be expected within any professional discipline, however, clinicians are regularly required to code-switch between high-level terminology and plain language.Back in my early days, I was presenting to a teacher and a young ...
lives are filled with a combination of both obligations and opportunities. Sometimes
we may even have difficulty distinguishing between the two. Having the chance
to work hard, to push oneself to accomplish tasks, and to learn new things is
an opportunity. Access to education is not universal – learning is in many ways
still a ...
Somewhere along the line you have heard the word ''autism.'' Tomorrow is
the day someone will either confirm your deepest fears or at the very least
tell you this might be going on with your child.
I want you to remember this — no diagnosis or label will ever change
the love you have for your child. It should never shatter the dreams ...
In our practice we recognize differing communication and learning
abilities. As clinicians, we work to increase our clients’ access to social
opportunities and interactions. We understand that all people have a unique way
of expressing their thoughts and ideas.
Within the nature of the human condition, skills vary across domains,
I feel very fortunate to have battled my own bouts of anxiety and the
baby blues with the birth of one of my own children. When I was suffering of
this debilitating battle, I would wonder why? Why me? It's hard enough being a
new mother of a baby that needs me 24/7, she cries, she poops—she never takes a
Why, on top of all of that, ...
people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular
dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and
photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently.
For all of us
who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold),
we had a ...