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January 21, 2015

New Years Resolutions 2015

Dear Speechies,

It has been awhile, hasn't it?  This blog has unfortunately received a bit of neglect, but I do have big plans to continue this project, so I am happy to report that my new years resolution for 2015 is to dust off my blogging skills, enhance my professional and personal knowledge of communication disorders, and get back into the swing of things.  

To begin, what changes have occurred since last I blogged with you guys…? Well, exciting news, I received my CCC's from ASHA!  That's right!  As of October 2014, I am now an official and fully certified speech-language pathologist.  I am beyond thrilled.  It was a long and arduous journey, but to finally have finished what I set out to do about 5 years ago is very fulfilling to me. 

Additionally, I am still working with intermediate level students (grades 4th - 6th), so I've had the opportunity to continue working at the school I was with last year for my CF.  I really, really enjoy my job -- it is the perfect combination of loving my students and caseload, connecting with co-workers more personally, and balancing work AND things I am passionate about (I'm the new drama club sponsor!).  Here's a sneak peek at my classroom and the few changes and additions I've made this year: 

This year I really feel like I'm a stronger clinician and I hope to continue to grow stronger each and every day.  I hope to share with you the things I've learned along the way as I've adjusted from being a new clinician to one who is finally starting to feel like I am really starting to grasp what will make me a better therapist moving forward.  They weren't kidding when they (my graduate professors) said that education truly continues even after the graduation process.  In fact, graduation is often the true beginning of where we start to learn as clinicians.  

 I'm still unsure of where I want to take this project/blog moving forward, but I do know that having it helps to keep me productive and motivated to learn new skills and share my experiences with others, so you know that if you are a new clinician that you are not alone! Until next time,

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