Monthly Archives: May 2016

Speech therapy as Art

As my followers know, I do art to make side money, but really I use art as another mode of communication. Art for anyone is used for communicating things that cannot be conveyed though words, so we as artists find another mode of communicating our thoughts. I like to use art with my younger mentees as they are able to express themselves freely by creating art, and I am also able to discover where the child is on a cognitive level. As professionals, we can sometimes get to know our clients on a deeper level if we can incorporate what they enjoy doing into our sessions.

As speech-language pathologists and mentors, if we think outside of the box we are able get more progress from the clients. You don’t have to use art, you can use anything you are into doing in your personal life. As long as you are authentic, the clients are going to open up. Once I have the client opening up I am able to get them to talk with the communication device, which tells us what level he or she is at cognitively. The child will want to converse with you because they will be into the activity you are doing with them, which also teaches the individual that communication can help them engage in what they enjoy doing.

I work with the speech-language pathologist and the client to create a nice and playful environment to help the clients to feel at ease. At least
for the mentees I work with, playing with them helps me to get them to communicate more effectively than if I give them exercises for practicing their communication device. If you can get creative with your approach in treating people, you will get more progress in a shorter time with the client and it will also be enjoyable for you also. If we can remember to treat the clients as people first and bring what you like doing into the sessions you will be able to go farther with your clients.
Until Next Time, Enjoy Your Children

Speech Therapist: Why become an speech therapist?

Why Do This Job?
In college I knew I wanted to get into the field of Speech Language pathology because giving someone the ability to communicate is giving them a chance at having a semi-normal life. As speech-language pathologists and mentors, we have the unique job of giving our clients voices to be able to take care of themselves. I believe that if someone with significant physical disabilities has the ability to communicate independently, they will also have the ability to take better care of themselves. Language is crucial for children with complex physical disabilities as communicating is how they can direct aides to do their care.

I am a believer in communication as a means for someone who is locked-in to be able to live away from home and have a successful life. I got into this field because I wanted to help children with my similar disabilities communicate and live out their goals. Most of the time, I receive young adults who need to see someone in their same physical condition, living the life they have the desire to live. I work mostly with my mentees on communicating independently, as I believe communicating without help will successfully guarantee independent living but also to live out their aspirations. Communicating on their own gives them the ultimate power over their lives and gives their parents a chance to have a “normal” relationship with the child.

A child with this newly discovered voice is able to see possibilities of living their life without the family and be able to be like anyone else when they grow up. All my clients have moved on and come ‘into themselves’ because they are now able to communicate independently. I do this job because I love seeing children living out their dreams and goals. Clients who have the ability to grow up to be independent communicators are more likely to go to college and to live on their own. The child who communicates independently at an early age has a greater chance of going into general education and earn a high school diploma.
Our job allows us to give children with significant physical and speech disabilities a chance for a “typical” life by being able to talk and demonstrate knowledge. Communication via devices allow our clients to demonstrate knowledge like any other person. Seeing children blossom into themselves, discovering that they have a voice of their own, is worth millions. At least for myself – this is why I do this job. At the end of the day, if I have a small break-through with a child, it’s all worth the time and effort working with them.
Until Next time, Enjoy Your Children