Happy New Year! We have had a busy year and, unfortunately, have neglected our blog for a while. I decided to begin this year with a bit of humor – this list was created for all of the S-LPs that work in early intervention – thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to making a difference in the lives of children with communication challenges.
You might be a Speech-Language Pathologist in Early Intervention if…
- The thought of incorporating an ipad into therapy activities gives you a panic attack
- You have several stashes of bubbles in various locations – there is no time to lose when they are needed
- You cry when one of your favourite games breaks (but in secret of course, around the parents and child it’s no biggie…)
- You can design a whole therapy session in 5 minutes or less
- You will be able to withstand the plague as you have been exposed to every virus/bacteria imaginable
- You treat OWLing as important as breathing
- You have calculated chronological age way too many times – it’s really not funny
- You strongly feel that a good language sample is more powerful than the speeding bullet of a standardized test
- You see the potential in all things for facilitating language – could you use that dried gum on the carpet to elicit a word initial velar???
- You lack self confidence – you are constantly looking for new therapy ideas, attending new workshops/webinars, and talking to fellow colleagues about a case that you can’t figure out
- You wish someone would write a book with amazing grab and go therapy ideas, but then reflect that you wouldn’t use it, as you are always improvising and doing your own thing
- The following happens daily in therapy: You start out working on one thing, but then realize it’s not going to work, so you have literally 5 seconds to change your goal before the child loses interest or runs away
- When new games/materials arrive at your office, you feel this incredible happiness, more joy than Christmas
- You have been kicked and hit by kids, but still love what you do
- You get great job satisfaction working with children and families, and feel that incorporating parents into therapy is essential
- You have used Pop Up Pirate to pretty much work on every phono/language/pragmatics goal possible – and still you are developing more uses
If any of you S-LPs out there can think of some more, let me know!