Back when I was in college I stumbled across the field of speech pathology. I was told that speech therapists work with children that had speech problems. At the time, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew up”. I made the split decision to make “Communicative Disorders” my major because I loved the idea of working with children. I had no idea the day I made this choice just how AWESOME the field really is. Now, after being a speech therapist for almost 20 years, I can honestly say that my career choice has shaped and blessed me in so many ways.
Many people don’t realize it, but Speech Therapy is about so much more than just speech, nor do they realize the size and scope of our field. I discovered quickly that the idea that a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) works only with children was just a myth. My 20-year career has placed me in the direct path of all ages, and I have thoroughly enjoyed working in pediatrics, geriatrics, and everything in-between. The second myth, that a SLP works only with children with “speech problems” in a school setting, was also quickly dispelled. The field of speech pathology encompasses a multitude of disorders and settings. I have worked in schools, acute hospitals, rehab hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health and outpatient clinics. I have worked with children that have trouble with “r” words, patients that have lost the ability to swallow a cup of coffee, individuals that have trouble remembering the steps needed to take a bath, people that can look at a toothbrush and describe its use but can’t tell me it’s a toothbrush, and so much more.
I have been challenged daily as a healthcare provider by exposure to a multitude of disorders and disabilities. Patients and individuals impacted by childhood speech disorders, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke, motor vehicle accidents, dementia, and many more. I also love that my career has brought me in contact with many other professionals and individuals- teachers, social workers, dieticians, nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, and physical therapists.
I have been rewarded daily with the success and independence gained by the patients I work with. There is no greater feeling than seeing a patient regain the ability to eat and drink. Helping someone regain the ability to interact with their environment and communicate with the world they live in is truly a blessing.
Our Summit Speech Language Pathologists would love to work with you or your loved one- we are in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Call us today- we are Experts in rehab, Excelling in service.