1) BOOKISH BOY MOM Like most SLPs, I AM BOOKISH. I’m a big reader and word nerd (if you doubt me, just read this nerdy wordy post). I’ve completely shunned eReaders of all kinds; I’m hopelessly devoted to the real-deal-paper-pages-between-2-covers. In our home, there are books everywhere you look.
Don’t even get me started on the whole subject of Harry Potter. If you follow me on Pinterest you know I’m a little bonkers over everything HP! Although I love libraries, I can’t stand to part with a book I’ve fallen in love with after reading it. So…I am a book hoarder. My “sciencey” hubby humors me and hangs out with me late at night at bookstores. I have successfully managed to bring my two sons, however, to the “book side” with me.
2) CAJUN FOODIE Born and raised in the heart of Cajun country, I’m all about our culture, music, language, and FOOD. My husband and I travel far and wide basically just to eat at cool places, but I swear there’s NO food on Earth like Louisiana. In fact, I’m thinking about adding a section to my blog about our old school Cajun cooking and our eating adventures. Whatcha think? If you follow me on instagram you already know I’m a food fanatic (and one of those annoying people who won’t let anyone eat until I’ve taken pictures of the food).
4) PIANIST My mom made me start taking piano lessons when I was 5 years old. I whined about it ALOT. I didn’t realize at the time that she was blessing me with a hobby for life. Playing piano was a huge stress reliever for me growing up.
I work in the school system, and the education world keeps trying to shove me (us) into a little teacher box. I don’t know about you but, I don’t need “lesson plans.” Shhhh don’t let the administrators hear this!! SLPs keep lots of detailed records. I have my students’ goals on tally sheets and I could recite them to you backwards and forwards. I have a wealth of therapy supplies and I KNOW what I need to do with each child to get their communication in gear. I could easily wing it and pull an activity for therapy 2.2 seconds before each student walks through the door, but…..principals and supervisors don’t always take kindly to that.
In our district, we are now being evaluated much like teachers – on a rubric that addresses (among many things) lesson plans. Even though I address my students’ IEP goals, keep excellent data, and make note of the activities I use on my data/tally sheet, some administrators wanted evidence that I had planned. I protested. I told them that the IEP goals are the lesson plans and the activities are just a frilly sideshow. No kidding; I stomped my feet and used my whiny voice and everything. However, being the perfectionist healthy achiever that I am, I have now caved. I caved to the lesson plan.