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Throughout my life, I have been interested in many fields of study. These have included computer programming, languages, journalism, and engineering. However, in 5th grade, I discovered my true passion – speech-language pathology.
I had volunteered at a camp for children with disabilities and I always wanted to help out in the speech-language pathologists’ rooms. Throughout the 12+ years that I volunteered there, I learned a lot from my mentors about the field and this only further fueled my passion. Once I found out what I wanted to do, I knew where I wanted to go. In 8th grade, I knew I wanted to attend Central Michigan University and upon graduation from high school I was accepted. I graduated a semester early in December of 2007 with my bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, and began to take graduate courses. In 2008, I was accepted and attended graduate school at Western Michigan University. I learned a great deal from my professors and made some amazing colleagues/friends throughout my education. In March of 2010, I began working full-time in the field before graduation. I graduated in May and couldn’t have been happier. Finally, I could work as a speech-language pathologist at the summer camp that had planted the seed for my future. After that summer, I had already lined up a job at an amazing school district where I have worked for about two years.
My life may seem like a dream come true, and it is. Find your passion, stick with it, and continue to grow in your knowledge for what you do.
I created this blog so that I can share what I do at my dream job with my colleagues, friends, and family as well as other families who have children and are looking for advice or professionals in the SLP community. I also created it so that I can take the journalist, computer programmer, linguist, engineer, and child in me to the field of speech-language pathology – do all of my dream jobs at once. Feel free to come here to share in my joy, for advice, or for the resources I share. It is called "Consonantly Speaking" because as speech-language pathologists we are constantly speaking, whether in therapy or at home, and we are teaching about/using consonants.
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Information and materials published on this website are not meant to replace speech and language therapy. They are meant to share professional information in the area of speech-language pathology with parents, teachers, and professionals. In addition, the information presented on this website is general and should not be interpreted or used as advice for a specific person with a communication disorder. Consonantly Speaking and its author do not guarantee that a person's speech and language skills will improve by implementing or using some or all of the ideas/materials on this website. If you or someone you know feels that they may be experiencing a communication disorder or learning disability, discuss this with a physician, school psychologist, school speech-language pathologist, or medical professional for a person-specific diagnosis and treatment plan. The author Consonantly Speaking does their best to ensure that the information presented on this website is accurate, up to date, and professional. The author of Consonantly Speaking does not promise or make representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this website. In addition, Consonantly Speaking and its author will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use.
I hope that you enjoy learning from my experiences and viewing materials/lessons that I have used as a licensed speech-language pathologist!