Do what you love, love what you do.
As part of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s 75th anniversary celebrations, they have suggested themes for every month. Being February, this month’s is “love”.
Speech therapy is my first professional love. I didn‘t have a different career path before I found it and I’ve never wanted to do anything else.
What do I love about it?
Every client I see has different difficulties, personality, goals, interests and support networks. I have to put all of this together to work out how I am going to go forward in helping them effectively with what they want to achieve. It never gets boring and there’s always new challenges.
Which leads me on to...
One set approach definitely does not fit all. As a Speech and Language Therapist, I use many different approaches from impairment based (working on specific skills to reduce impairment) to a social approach (training others to support the client effectively) and many more in between. I also like to incorporate something really meaningful for the client to achieve based on their likes and interests.
To be creative in your work, you really need to get to know and build trust with your clients, their family and support networks. I thrive on talking to others and communicating with new people comes fairly naturally to me.
Making a difference
I’d be lying if I didn’t enjoy when a client hits a goal and it improves their quality of life or future. You can’t beat that and it really drives me to work as hard as possible to achieve that.
What‘s not to love about all that!? 💙💜