Who knew one little # would cause me so much grief. ((If you haven’t read my #becauseimaslp post start there first.)) The other day I wrote a post to share my heart. My heart is for speech therapy. My heart is for helping kids. My heart is for joining groups of people like me together to share in the love of this job. My heart is to be open and talk to you all, on this little blog, about what’s real.
Here is what’s real. My heart is not for grammar.
An SLP (<— did you see what I did there? I used ‘an’) who isn’t an expert in grammar? Yup, I’m just not a grammar expert. I have to use that Purdue APA citation page like all the dang time. My heart is for a lot, but it’s not for grammar. The only grammar I’m passionate about is there, they’re, their and your, you’re. And really that’s not life changing for me. I mean let’s be real, if you’re a long time SRN reader, you know I make a lot of mistakes. And while we’re confessing, I also don’t really care if a kid or teacher calls me the ‘speech teacher’.
There I said it, “I’m a speech teacher who makes grammar mistakes.”
So on my post, I used #becauseimaslp and not #becauseimaspeechlanguagepathologist or #becauseimANslp . And I was wrong if I was writing it in a sentence. ‘AN SLP’ and ‘A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST’. A grammar choice I’ll never question again in my life. But you guys, it’s a HASHTAG. It’s not that big of a deal. I even texted 3 SLP friends and googled it. We decided on #becauseimaslp. Those pals are now calling themselves the ‘SLP advisory board’ and we are busy laughing at how much you all hate that we chose ‘a’ and not ‘an’. The hashtag comments popping up all over Facebook and my email were just too much for me to let slide by. So I decide to write follow up post trying to re-focus you to the whole point of that post.
The point of my post was that #becauseimaslp I see things differently. To me, that means a chance to look at the world and see it with compassion. To see it with hope. To see it with humor. To see the value of teeny tiny accomplishments. To me, it means to see it the value in communication (both the verbal and nonverbal kind).
This week I learned that a TON of SLPs are just like me. We see things a little different and it’s changed us for the better. I have been moved to tears by some of the quotes shared by others. Make sure you check them out on instagram. I can’t say thank you enough for sharing the images I post, creating your own, and in general starting a conversation about the positives in our field.
When so much of the internet is filled with complaints about our job, it’s been refreshing to see positivity spread with the #becauseimaslp hastag.
I also learned that instead of the compassionate view, a nice chunk of SLPs have a view that focuses on enforcing their self-imposed grammar police duties. They also seem to REALLY like to communicate because they made sure to write about it all over the internet.
Since I’m laying it all out here in this post I decided to share just two of the lovely things I’ve read over the last few days. In a generous move, I blocked out their names and pictures. Just because they slammed me all over the web, doesn’t mean it’s nice to do that to them.
You guys, IT BROKE HER HEART. Sorry, lady I don’t know, that must have been really hard for you….when I basically broke your heart.
Cough, cough… the word hashtag is one word, not two. It was added to the Oxford English Dictioniry in June of last year. Yup…. #hippocritesaredowners, #grammarpolicefail
So back to the happiness…..
If you’re like me and you see the big picture in life (and speech-language pathology) have a wonderful Sunday. Rest, relax, and get ready to make a difference for kids on Monday. If you’re the angry internet grammar police…. go ahead and cringe when you read #becauseimaslp all over your instagram account this week. Instead of commenting just read it as #becauseimaspeechlanguagepathologist. Be kind to each other. Drop the #grammarpolice routine, it doesn’t look good on you.
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