Do you ever make SLP wishes???
I make many daily, sometimes several during a therapy session or parent meeting. It is a part of the job, we want to make a difference, we want to be the best we can be. What are some wishes I make often? Maybe you can relate, maybe not, either way, I thought I would share my thoughts!
How many times do parents ask you the following questions (or something similar):
- “When will my child no longer need speech therapy?”
- “When will my child be able to say their first word?”
- “Will my child go to college?”
- “Will my child always need special education services?”
I wish I had more time to invest in learning more. There are so many conferences and online webinars I would love to participate in but there just isn't enough time! I have to pick and chose the ones that work with my schedule or are most relevant to my current caseload.
As SLPs, we are often thrown into closets, hallways, backs of classrooms, cafeterias, and other crazy locations. I am fortunate to have a relatively large space for an SLP. But it just isn't enough. I don't have enough shelving or cabinets to contain all of my stuff!!! As SLPs, we are often hoarders of materials (GUILTY!) and it just gets more difficult each year to find homes for all of my items. I keep buying storage bins but it just never seems to be enough. I am sure many of you are thinking, “you are lucky to have a space-stop complaining”…I am not complaining, it is just my wish to have more…to be able to do my job better and to be better organized.
I hate to tell teachers/parents that their child can do these skills with me and no one seems to believe me because the child is not using these skills outside of my therapy room. I wish I could be a little birdie on their shoulders all day long and prompt them “remember you strategies” or “where do you put your articulators?!” I give teachers tips and even give students reminder index cards that they can keep in their desks but I wish I could do more!
Can you relate to any of these wishes? What wishes do you have? I would love to hear them!! #SLPwish