Spotlight: Adrienne, Speech Nanny
We are very excited to spotlight this #SLPeep because she is one of our own! Adrienne is a SLP that provides online speech therapy working from her home in North Carolina. When she is not working with her students in online speech therapy, Adrienne works part time at a charter school and runs Speech Nanny, an online resource of advice, tools, and more for SLPs and parents.
Learn more about Adrienne and “Speech Nanny” in our short Q&A:
1. How did you make the decision to become a SLP?
When I entered college I was gung-ho psychology major all the way. People would occasionally ask me, “What do you want to do with a degree in psychology?” My answer was always, “I don’t know.” My entire life I have been a big planner so you can only imagine how disconcerting this was to me. Towards the end of the quarter I made an appointment with my academic counselor. I expressed by ambiguous feelings to him and in reply he said “Well what is something that you really enjoy doing?” I said, “I love sign language.” He swiveled his chair around to his pamphlets and pulled one out on Speech and Hearing Sciences. I don’t even think I blinked before I said “YES! That’s it! That’s what I want to do!” I spent the remainder of my college career fulfilling that goal.
2. What are the highs and lows of being a SLP?
Saying goodbye to students probably would be the number one biggest low for me. Whether it’s my student leaving or myself, thinking back at all of the hard work is gratifying, but also heart breaking; particularly if they are going to have to see another therapist. You can’t help but wonder and worry if that student will continue to get the help and support that they need.
Number one biggest high? Hands down surprise homemade gifts like cards or pictures. Oh and maybe virtual hugs and kisses too! There is just something so heartwarming about a student hugging their computer because your picture/video is on their screen.
3. What influenced you to make the transition to online speech therapy?
Three years ago an opportunity arose to live at my parent’s beach house in North Carolina. So I packed my bags and moved on down. The problem though? Where am I going to work? There certainly weren’t any clinics on the island. No sense of trying to start something up on my own since most of the locals are older couples or seasonal. I could work for the schools, but there was no guarantee I would be placed in one that was close to my location. The closest big city is 40 minutes away. I didn’t want to spend all of my time traveling so I decided to explore other options. I was on Facebook one day and I saw an ad for PresenceLearning. I thought to myself “I love the computer! I want to work from home!” So I went for it and it has been an amazing learning experience.
4. What is a common misconception about online speech therapy that you’d like to clarify?
I think that there is an overwhelming misconception of how online therapy works. I get a sense that people think I’m just Skyping and holding up cards. No…..I have this wonderfully built online classroom with games and videos and documents galore. The sky is the limit with online therapy!
5. How would you describe the #SLPeeps community?
What I find the most amazing about the online SLP community is the copious amounts of resources, the generosity of most of us to share them for free, and the incredible ingenuity and creativity that goes into sharing our thoughts, projects, ideas, suggestions, etc, etc.
6. What else would you like fellow #SLPeeps to know about you and/or your blog?
My blog started out as a summer project last year and when school started up again it got put on the back burner. I’m very excited to get working on it again this summer though. Ideas and suggestions are welcomed!
About “Inside The World of #SLPeeps”
The community of speech-language pathologists and professionals, known as #SLPeeps across social media, is undoubtedly one of the strongest and vocal voices for speech and special education. However, not much recognition is given to this special group.
To change this, PresenceLearning has started the “Inside the World of #SLPeeps” blog series dedicated to spotlighting a SLP every week for their work and contribution to the field. From popular SLP bloggers to our very SLPs in our online speech therapy network, the “Inside the World of #SLPeeps” blog series seeks to help the public understand who SLPs are, what their everyday life is like and the challenges they face helping students with special needs be successful.