A Blog Entry for Fellow S-LPs

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!

Reflections from 2014

Happy New Year! We had a very exciting and busy year in 2014. With moving our office location and continuing our work on the front lines, we have enjoyed meeting many new families. We hope that we have made a difference in the lives of our clients, but cannot undermine or ignore the difference our clients have made in our lives. It is through our relationships with children and families that we, too, continue to grow as clinicians in our understanding and appreciation of the development of communication. Language development cannot occur in an isolated or decontextualized manner, but can only advance in the context of relationships and meaningful activities and experiences. We feel so grateful and humbled to be a part of this process. Thank you to all of our families and we look forward to the year ahead!