When I’m in the grocery store and I see a child mid-meldown, I wonder if their sensory system is overwhelmed by the lights and noise. I wonder if that mama just wishes she could tell everyone in line that it’s the autism that makes a trip to the grocery store feel like a half-marathon.
When I’m at the library and a child doesn’t tell me their name, I wonder if apraxia prevents their oral motor coordination.
When I see a man’s disfluencies increasing on an airplane while trying to request help from the flight attendant, I wonder if he is feeling the same flight anxiety as me, which is making his fluency worse.
Being an SLP gives me a unique lense for looking at the world. I know progress is measured in inches, not miles. There is new meaning in noticing the little things. Those inches add up to miles eventually.
By nature, I strive for perfection. I’m an overachiever. I know you’re not surprised. SLPs seem to be type A folks. #BecauseImASLP I know that perfection is not the most important thing. Instead, practice makes progress. And progress is a wonderful thing.
Working with children of a variety of verbal abilities has taught me so much about communication. There are so many way to communicate. Talking is only just one of them!
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