We’re back again with another top 10 post. Though there are many reasons why we love doing what we do, we wanted to share the top 10 reasons why we love our profession and being SLPs.
10. Community: The SLP community is one of the best out there (okay we may be a little biased)! The SLP community allows us to share ideas, learn new information, get therapy ideas, answer tough questions, and collaborate with a great group of professionals. This group is one of the friendliest and most inspiring group of professionals we have ever encountered!
9. Creativity: Being an SLP gives us a chance to show our creative side whether it be through crafts we create for our kiddos or by coming up with creative service delivery models (i.e. delivering therapy on a playground)! You can probably tell by now from our previous posts that we both enjoy being able to get a little creative!
8. Intellectual Stimulation: In this field we are constantly learning new materials. Since the beginning of our carriers we have learned something new every single day. Speech-Language Pathology is a new and growing field; therefore, there is a plethora of research being done out there on topics related to our field, and there is so much to learn.
7. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA): Through ASHA, we stay connected with the bigger community of SLPs. We can attend conventions, get access to the most current research, learn about evidence-based practice, and find out about career benefits. ASHA also provides a variety of continuing education opportunities.
6. Flexibility: We are both very thankful that being an SLP means flexibility with our schedules and service delivery models. The flexibility with scheduling helps women be able to be both a mom and a professional at the same time! Not many jobs allow women to work part-time because they are moms! SLPs also have flexibility when it comes to service delivery models, particularly in the school setting, being that they can shape the way in which they choose to provide services (i.e. classroom based, pull-out therapy, response-to-intervention).
5. Diversity: The possibilities for an SLP straight out of grad school are unlimited. This is one of the reasons we both fell in love with this profession. There are so many different routes that an SLP can choose from: school, private clinic, hospital-pediatrics, hospital-adults, skilled nursing facility, etc. The amount of doors open to SLPs as professions is bountiful! You can always choose and specialize in one area/setting or branch out and explore the different possibilities.
4. Job Security: We know SLPs are “in demand” and when we say in demand we mean it. There are so many people (kids and adults) on waiting lists in different settings waiting to receive SLP services. No matter what setting, you will get multiple job offers as an SLP. There is currently an increasing demand for SLP services everywhere.
3. Collaboration: Whether it be in the clinical setting or the school setting, we feel that the ability to collaborate with other professionals is a definite perk of being in this profession. We both feel that we have learned so much from our colleagues whether they be fellow SLPs, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, nurses, teachers, or parents! We both feel that there is also so much more to learn and being able to share/gain ideas from your colleagues is truly valued in both of our eyes.
2. Making a Difference: As cheesy as it may sound, we both got into this field because we wanted to make a difference. Sometimes it may be hard to see progress, especially if it is minimal or gradually over time, but we have learned the importance of rejoicing in the small accomplishments our kiddos that we serve have made. Though it may take baby steps to reach a long term goal, it is humbling to know that we are helping someone with their ability to find their voice and communicate effectively throughout multiple environments.
1. Reliving our childhood: Okay, this is probably one of the main reasons why we became SLPs. We both enjoy working with children (most of the time) and we transform when we are in our therapy sessions. We feel like we’re kids again and we love it! We chase after bubbles, we get competitive playing board games, we make crafts and get dirty. What other profession allows you to do that? And this doesn’t even end in the therapy room. Sometimes we feel like we’re kids outside of therapy and we ride in little cars around the mall, and go up and down the escalators backwards (true story) –> See pictures:
These are just a few of many reasons why we love being SLPs! Share your reasons why you love being an SLP or any interactions/experiences you may have had with an SLP in the comments below!
Christine and Sanaz