While the most obvious answer might be that I work on a daily basis with people who require assistance with some aspect of communication, I find that there's a deeper--often equally critical component to my work. Advocacy.
People frequently talk about the need to speak up for those who cannot do so for themselves. With my clients, I find myself doing so in a very tangible way--whether through the implementation of an Individual Family Service Plan for a preschool child with language difficulties, or cognitive rehabilitation with an adult who has experienced a brain injury. As such, I am often tasked with the unique privilege of teaching them, or their caregivers, how to navigate life's many communication requirements. I find this to be one of life's greatest honors.
My hope is that this blog will provide a place for people to discuss a variety of speech-language disorders and how to best provide a culture of awareness and support for those who may be experiencing them. So whether you are an individual with a communication concern; a family member, doctor, or teacher; or another SLP, please feel free to join the discussion. Together we can speak up to make the world a better place.