2018 marked a year of many transitions and new chapters work-wise. Here are a few highlights and new resources that I have to share:
- I was interviewed for my first podcast related to screen-time by Talking with Tech. This was a really fun opportunity to collaborate with other speech therapists who are doing amazing things for our field. That podcast can be accessed HERE and on iTunes or in Google Play stores. My interview starts at approximately 20 minutes in.
- I completed another screen-time webinar, this time for early education specialists through http://www.continued.com. That webinar can be accessed for a price HERE.
- I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed another part-time job where I review professional development courses from Sensational Brain. Sensational Brain is a new ASHA CEU provider and they have many current and informative webinars to choose from HERE.
- In Feb. 2018 I had my last tour with Summit Education in the Denver, CO area. Summit afforded me a wonderful opportunity to provide professional development courses to clinicians around the U.S. on early intervention and screen time. After about a 18 months presenting with Summit, I was able to go out on my own, providing presentations across CA for various agencies, regional centers, and county programs. You can see my current presentation schedule and a list of past presentations HERE.
- The Infant Development Association of CA invited me back to do presentations for both their northern and southern CA conferences on several topics (parent coaching, autism, screen time).
- I am halfway through my LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of L.A. and L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health. This is the COOLEST learning opportunity I’ve ever had. I highly encourage every SLP to find their nearest LEND program and apply (there is at least one program in every state and it is a fully funded opportunity)! The program is helping me to expand my scope of practice for the inclusion of mental health work, which is so relevant for many children I work with who can also benefit from behavior and social-emotional support. There is so much learning and professional growth happening for me in LEND that I will need to write a new blog post in the future reflecting on it.
- On a more personal note, I’ve been dealing with some health issues (asthma and allergies) and my doctors have advised me to limit my in-home work due to some scary asthmatic episodes I’ve been having since 2016. Since in-home early intervention is my FAVORITE role as a speech therapist, this was pretty upsetting. BUT, it did push me a bit out of my comfort zone and I pursued a new (part-time) job working in the public school system with moderate to severe children with autism. The coolest part was re-connecting with 2 students (at age 7) who I worked with when then were ONE year old! It was amazing to see them 6 years later and how far they have come!!! I feel fortunate to keep learning and growing professionally as I challenge myself to explore new settings. I am also VERY happy that I can still do some in-home early intervention at this point!