3Teachers and Speech Language Pathologists are both highly-trained professionals in their areas. I know that I, as an SLP would really struggle to many things that teacher does on a daily (heck, hourly) basis. As "special educators", school-based SLPs have a specialized skill set that helps us to work with students that have speech and language disorders. Through our years of schooling and experience, there are specific strategies we use on a daily basis that are essential in how we help our students learn. For most of us, these strategies are so ingrained - we find ourselves using them on our own children and yes, our husbands. Sorry, babe.
Here are 3 of my favorite simple strategies that can be used in all classrooms with all students, every day.
When I went to write this post, I originally was going to title it:
"How To Get it All Done as an SLP and Mom."
Then I realized a more accurate title would have been:
"How To Get it All Done as an SLP and Mom...Hint, You Can't."
I then asked myself: As a mom, an SLP, and a million other shoes to fill - what do YOU want out of your week? What is your goal?
Well, if I'm being honest, I just want to make it out alive.
They say there are seasons of parenthood. I've heard from many that it doesn't get "better", it just gets hard in different ways. As the mother of a just-turned-two-year-old and a four-and-a-half-year old, my struggles differ from those of parents of teenagers, or those with four kids needing to all be at practice at the same time, or those applying to college. That sounds hard. I don't envy you. Those sound like hard years. These feel like hard years. Parenting is hard.
Reasonably often, I hear comments like, "I don't know how you do it all!" "You do so many things! How do you have time for it all?" The answer is, I don't. I don't get it "all" done, and those things I do get done, I don't always do well. And that's okay.
However, over the last few years, I've found a few hacks (and yes, investments) that have helped me immensely to get through the week alive and to reduce the anxiety I feel about getting things done.
Let me start with how Kiwi Speech got its name. I currently live in Pittsburgh, but it took living in a few different states and countries to get here. One of which (and the one that is truly "home"), was New Zealand. When I was first starting my business, I wanted a name that represented who I was, but was also catchy and kid-friendly. A person from New Zealand is colloquially referred to as a "kiwi", hence, Kiwi Speech was born.
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