12 Ways To Know You Are The Child Of A Speech Therapist

12 Ways To Know You Are The Child Of A Speech Therapist

Technically it's "Speech-Language Pathologist," but no one seems to understand the lingo quite like we do.

Growing up, I was always super proud to explain to people what my mom did for a living, and that pride continues to this day! If you grew up the son or daughter of a SLP, you can probably identify with these 12 characteristics.

1. You can identify a lateral lisp from a mile away

And chances are you can make your parents laugh by imitating one too (Sid the Sloth for the win).

2. You receive personal therapy at the first sign of a speech impediment

"There's no way my kid is gonna say his 'r's' like that... we're gonna fix this!"

3. And then you hear about it ever-after

"You're starting to say your r's as w's again, bro..."

4. You are somewhat type A

Schedules, lists, organizing cabinets, clean rooms and glorious Office Max supplies.

5. You learn how to say "speech-language pathologist" and then realize no one knows what you're talking about

So then you have to dumb it down for the lay-people and say "speech therapist." Ugh.

6. You're probably a good singer, and if you're not, you get points for knowing the anatomy of how to sing

"You have to put the breath in the soft palate... sing through the top of your head!"

7. You grew up playing games that tricked you into learning things

Because your mom/dad is basically a type of educator, but with more initials after their name.

8. You knew how to work touch-screen devices before the iPhone was even a thing

Three cheers for Dynavox!

9. You fell in love with laminating from a very early age

Sitting at the desk, cutting out BoardMaker symbols with rounded edges... those were the days.

10. You considered being a SLP early on just because of the high demand rates

And then you tried to pass the science classes... nope!

11. You're super proud of all the hard work they put in to make their student's and client's lives successful

That's a lot of IEPs!

12. You feel like you're the child of a real-life superhero

"Do not fear! The SLPs are here!"

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6 Things I Learned My Freshman Year of College

In college you learn something new everyday.

I think we all have a general assumption about what college is going to be like when you start: endless freedom, partying, interesting classes, etc. I think I speak for quite a few college students when I say, college is actually very different than I imagined it to be. That being said, there are a few things (I have learned a lot of things, but these are some of the most important ones) I have learned so far, so I thought I would share.

1. You will miss your family.

Okay, yeah, I know that is kind of a given, but a lot of us get excited to leave the house and live on our own. You don't really realize how much of an impact your family had on your life until you don't live with them anymore. I have always been an independent person, but I cry sometimes because I miss my parents. It happens. It's inevitable, but it happens.

2. Office hours are SO important.

Most of your classes will have about 200 students. so one-on-one time with your professor doesn't happen anymore. You don't have the same relationship with college professors that you had with high school teachers, so it is up to you to create that relationship. You are on your own in college classes. They aren't going to be reminding you that you have something due, so telling you exactly what to study for an exam, so it is up to you.

3. Class is also SO important.

I know it can be tempting to skip classes, especially because a lot of them don't take attendance. Unless you really have to, it is in your best interest to go to class. You (or your parents) are paying for your classes, so try to go to class.

4. Living is expensive.

Now that you have to grocery shop for yourself, buy clothes, and other things you may need, you will probably catch yourself saying things like, "$15 for a shirt? Yeah, maybe if I was rich." One of your biggest excuses to not do something will be "I'm broke."

5. You are never going to feel like you're actually in college.

To this day, I still can't believe I am in college. Life feels so much different during this time and I sometimes have to stop myself and say, "You can do this. You're in college now."

6. Everyone is basically going through the same thing.

Whether you are struggling with a class, homesickness, or something else, we are all in this together. No one is judging you for wearing your pajamas to class because they are probably wearing theirs to. College is way different than high school. It isn't easy for everyone, but we are all working through it.

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My Work. My Grade. Right?

How much of a role should students play in the grading process.

This weeks task, essay. I think to myself, “I have this in the bag.” It’s an opinionated piece where could I possibly go wrong.

“Argument is jaded,” “thesis is not developed enough,” “ideas are too scattered,” “blah blah blah blah blah.” This is not fair. My argument and my thesis represents my individual thoughts and opinions on the issues at hand. How can it possibly be fair for me to be graded on an opinionated assignment.

This weeks task, math exam. I think to myself, ” I do not have this in the bag.” It’s all formulas and problem solving questions that I still have no idea how to do.

“Wrong formula,” “not rounded,” “blah blah blah blah.” This is fair. I didn’t memorize enough of the formulas. I didn’t do enough practice problems.

When it comes to students being involved with the grading process of their individual works, I believe it is important to include their input to some extent. There are subjects such as math, science, and others that do not really require student input. However, topics that could offer a little more involvement are the ones that allow the student to express themselves in a more intimate manner. Essays, arguments, discussions, and presentations should offer more involvement with students due to the fact that they, in my opinion, have no right or wrong answer. There are so many various approaches to every argument and every topic that I believe every student should have a say in the grading process. As long as the student is well prepared and is able to stand for their work, they should be able to have a say in the grading process.

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