I’m a Speech Therapist. This is what I do
“I’m a speech-language pathologist – SLP”, I said
“Who? What do you do to earn your bread?”
“Well, I talk, I speak…and that’s what I do…
Looks like you have not the slightest clue!”
I wake up each morning with a big smile
Feeling awesomeness about treading every mile
And along my path, I meet the young and old
Helping them overcome their communication challenges as their skills unfold.
To my young kiddos, I play a silly clown
Sharing laughs as I jump up and down
Natural fun opportunities for communication I create
I teach parents how to be a good play mate
“Follow their lead” is what I often say
They will learn to communicate if they enjoy your play!
I help those who don’t sound very clear
I offer intense practice to which they must adhere
I work with those who stutter and struggle to say what they say
Building communicative confidence all along the way!
I teach good use of one’s voice
Eliminating patterns that cause the vocal folds to make noise!
For those who’ve had a head injury or suffered from a stroke
For those who while eating food, often cough and choke
An SLP is someone who can help you
Restoring the quality of life as you learn skills anew!
Using your interests to do what you want to do
We build communication with goals tailored to you.
We counsel, we research, and we teach
In multiple settings we can be reached
We work hard so our clients can achieve their communication goals
As we take on one too many roles.
There’s always something different, always something new
And like you can tell…‘talking’ is not the only thing we do!
Yes we are SLP’s and for that we are proud
To serve with dedication and integrity we have vowed.
Written by: Nisha Balakrishnan M.A. SLP