Welcome to the blog! It’s exciting to have you here. If you’re looking for information about pediatric speech-language pathology, you’re in the right place. I’m a speech-language pathologist who works with children in an outpatient hospital clinic.
A few months ago, I made the transition from school-based therapy to the rehabilitation department at one of our local hospitals. Unlike most of the SLP bloggers out there, working in schools just didn’t feel like the right fit for me. I felt like my life was a constant effort to catch up…to try to keep children from falling through the cracks. I found that I was working through the weekends and late at night because there just weren’t enough hours in the day to meet the needs of my students. I wanted more time with the children. I wanted to see them one on one to address their specific needs. I even wanted the freedom to meet with parents, doctors, and other rehabilitation therapists to develop robust treatment plans.
So when I received a call from the hospital rehabilitation department, asking if I would like to take over their growing pediatric caseload, it was a fairly easy decision. Of course I miss–and will continue to miss–my students. But I know that there is some amazing SLP out there just waiting to adopt my students and put all her (or his) heart and soul into meeting their needs.
In the meantime I’ve begun a new adventure-one where much more than my workday has changed. I’ve found that I’m seeing fewer children with phonlogical speech-sound disorders, but more with apraxia. I have a growing numbers of patients with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, dysphasia, and so much more. Each day is a new adventure in applying my knowledge and skills in novel ways. I return home each night exhausted and happy, knowing that my patients feel the same way.
I genuinely love what I do and am excited to be able to continue growing and sharing the experience with you. As I move forward in this journey, I hope you’ll come along. You might want to make some extra room in your toolbox, but I promise you won’t need a suitcase.