My SLP Story

I think I have shared with y’all before that I’m kind of nosy. I love learning new things about people, especially those connected to me in some way. This week I am in luck. The Frenzied SLPs are hosting a link-up called My SLP Story. Because Speech-Language Pathology is a relatively unknown field (many people have no idea it even exists), I am always fascinated by other SLP paths to this career. In case you are curious (or nosy) like me, I am sharing my story.

I, like several others in this linky, was in college and unsure of what to major in. Choosing a career is a HUGE decision! There are a million choices, and you are supposed to stick with one FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. I wanted to help people, so some of the (many) majors I considered were nursing, pre-med, and psychology. I wanted to do learn everything, and possibly I wanted to do ALL of the jobs! There were three people in my life that helped me figure it out.

First, my middle sister is hearing impaired. She had speech therapy in elementary school and continues to exhibit an articulation impairment as an adult (side note: she has refused to wear hearing aids her entire life). I knew about “speech teachers” because of her, but my knowledge was limited. Second, my mother is a special education teacher. She suggested speech-language pathology might be a good fit, since I wanted to help people, but didn’t want to be a teacher. The third person that influenced my decision was my daughter. I was already a mom when I started college. I was working, going to school, and trying to raise her all at the same time. I thought long and hard about my options, and finally chose the SLP route. As much as I wanted to go to medical school (or at least I thought I did), I wanted to be with my daughter more. It took six years to become a school SLP, but the University of West Georgia program was pretty flexible at the time. I was able to work as an SLP with my undergrad degree and provisional certificate while going to grad school part time. This path lets me help people in need, satisfied my craving for life-long learning, and gave me flexibility to spend time with my sweet girl (and later my sweet boy). I am so thankful for this career! What’s your SLP story?


Free Thanksgiving NO or LOW PREP Ideas

Are you busy this time of year? I am DROWNING in evals and placements! My therapy activities for this week are simple, no prep, or low prep by necessity. I hope to be back on track after Christmas, but until then, I’m living with my grad school theme of “Keep it simple, sweetie!” 

First of all, I plan on reading Run, Turkey, Run with ALL of my PK-2 students. The kids love this book, and it is easily made interactive (which keeps them engaged). It is short enough to read in a session and then complete a short activity or plenty of drill. 

I also found this great Build-a-Turkey from Tech n’ Talk SLPs. It is perfect for a collaborative game, it’s FREE, and I only have to download it to my iPad and open in iBooks. It also works well on the SmartBoard.

For my tiny turkeys (PK-K), I am using Sounds Like Fun’s FREE Play DoughTurkey for Articulation Practice. I do have to purchase more Play Doh, but I already have all the other materials. There is nothing to laminate or cut. We made these last year, and they were a huge hit!

I’m also planning to use my Thanksgiving Speech Seek and Language Look for my 1st-5th graders from my Year-Round Bundle. It is print and go, quick and fun! Because I am so thankful for my followers, you can download it here. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter on the right for more free and easy materials sent right to your inbox.

What are you planning this week? Comment with any ideas that might be helpful for busy SLPs like us!

With Love and Gratitude, 

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