Re-Branding, Looking Forward, & My SLP Career
I’ve being thinking lately about the past 25 years of my SLP career. Working and living all across North America. I’ve had many life and SLP experiences to ponder and reflect upon. I wondered what there was about my past that could make me a better SLP today and what really makes me happy at work? Grad school gave me the necessary skills to research, collaborate, and learn. But, I didn’t expect to find myself in pediatrics having spent my practicum at the VA Hospital and residential aphasia clinic at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan.
In 1987, there were an abundance of SLP positions to choose from and employers were eager to hire. I decided Toronto was the city for me and was busy lining up interviews. Then I met Ruth, lead SLP at Hugh MacMillan Medical Centre and I knew I found the right place for me! HMac is no longer operational but the two short years I worked there had a profound impact on me. The setting was comfortable, teams collaborated effectively, knowledge and compassion framed the work we did! AND I was introduced to Hanen which became a life long journey of empowering care providers to support children’s communication skill development.
Then came marriage, 2 babies and several moves but HMac became the benchmark I used to measure my employment success (or not). Jobs came and jobs went. I dedicated myself to serving the institutions that employed me and the children who required my services continuing to add more and more Hanen training to my repertoire of skills. I really love connecting parents to their children through language,interaction, play and routines. Day cares and childcare centres value and support the language, literacy and social skills targeted in the Hanen programs for educators. Strong role models in SLP, education and health fields continue to nurture me along in my career. Children and their families provide me with perspective and understanding! And the thought leaders at Hanen, continually assist me by providing valuable research that makes a difference in children’s lives.
I’m looking forward to the next chapter.
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