Hi there world! Guess what!? I love to talk. I think that might be a requirement when you decide to become an SLP. In 2005, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Audiology Speech-Language Pathology... and I got a job as a receptionist in a doctor's office. What?! Didn't I just go to school in order to have a career in speech/language? Luckily, a few short months later, I was blessed to be directed to a job as a speech therapy assistant. Yipee!! On the right path again.
For 2 years, I worked as an assistant in an elementary school, learning hands on and applying to graduate school.
In June 2007, I began my graduate work at Northern Arizona University in a summers only program, which I loved. For 3 summers, I went to Flagstaff, Arizona (don't be fooled - the weather is beautiful there, not scorching hot like Hades (Phoenix) a few hours south) and took intense courses for 2 months and then internet classes during the year. All the while, I worked as a speech/language intern in the school district. This was exactly the program that I needed. The hands on was critical to my understanding and retaining the information I was gaining in grad school.
In the summer of 2010, I did an externship in a rehabilitation center and officially graduated in August 2010. Yeah!!!
So I can officially say that I have been working and learning as an SLP 7 1/2 years. That's not even a long time compared to many. I've learned a lot and I have some good ideas, but I know that there are so many SLP's out there collaborating with one another and I want in on it. I had twitter, pinterest, and blogs suggested as places to find you all. Who really wants to reinvent the wheel (great idiom, huh?). Let's work together.
My hope for this blog is to share my ideas, get yours, to learn and to grow. I have many, many, many therapy manuals and tests. I hope to give an evaluation of these as well as enlisting fellow SLP's to give their input. Eventually, my hope to have a cache of ideas easily accessible to SLP's looking for new tools to try and for parents to have a resource for home study activities.
If anyone has any specific requests for what they would like to see on this site or topics they want addressed. Please let me know.