Thank you all so much for joining me here! Whether you saw my introduction video on YouTube, a post on Facebook, or just happened to click on my website – I am so happy that you decided to ‘stop by’! So, now that I have you here allow me to tell you a little bit about my business, Simply Spoken Therapy, and some of the plans I have for us. Yes, I said us – you are now a part of this adventure too!
Simply Spoken Therapy has always been a dream of mine. Actually, owning a business has always been my dream, I just didn’t realize it right away. Originally, when I was in high school, I wanted to be a professional closet organizer. I LOVE an organized space and clothing sorted by sleeve length and color makes me so happy. Like embarrassingly happy. Fun fact – most SLP’s are extremely Type A. Actually, to be honest I don’t think there is data on that but most SLP’s I know are very organized lol! Then in college I wanted to start a breakfast delivery service that I dubbed ‘Good Morning Sunshine’. I mean who other than a college student would want pancakes and bacon delivered! I still think that one is a stellar idea. After college, furniture restoration and painting was my business of choice and I did that very part time during my summers off from teaching. Even today I dabble in painting furniture; it’s a good creative outlet with immediate gratification (patience is not a virtue I possess). Even though my focus has shifted over the years, I always had an innate desire to build something of my own. To have full control and freedom to do what makes me happy. And that brings me here – to Simply Spoken Therapy.
Simply Spoken Therapy was founded in January of 2017 with my primary mission to provide all children with the tools they need to be effective and confident communicators. The story of why and how it all came together is an entirely different story – if you are interested in hearing that story please let me know. It didn’t happen overnight and was more of an emotional challenge than I expected. When I started my company one of my secondary goals has been to educate; not just the students I work with, but any and everyone who works with kids.
Here is my thought process…
I realized that the amount of time I was spending with my clients was so minimal compared to their waking hours. Let’s do the math…. Say your 5-year-old is awake from 6 AM until 8 PM. That’s 14 hours/840 minutes per day or 5,880 minutes per week. If they see a speech therapist for 60 minutes per week that is a whopping 1.02% of their time awake. THATS NOTHING!
That is why it is so very important to educate the family and caregivers on what we do, while we do it, and why we do it. This will provide the greatest chances for generalization of skills and empowers you as parents, caregivers and loved ones to take an active role in the therapy process to meet those goals as quickly as possible. That is why I created these blogs and videos. I want everyone to feel empowered. Knowledge is power (gosh – sooooo cheesy) but it is true. So consider this your safe space. No judgement. No such thing as a stupid or silly question. Just a friendly and open forum to be a resource for you and your family. I will be posting some of my frequently asked questions in the coming weeks such as, “What sounds should my child have by the age of ____?”, “How does a tongue tie impact speech development?”, and “What can I do at home to improve my toddler’s language?”. In the meantime, please take a minute to ask the questions YOU have been wondering. I’m sure someone else out there is wondering the same thing.
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