Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Two Facts and a Fib

What SLP doesn’t LOVE a game? A few of us have something FUN for you! 

And what’s better? You can win an awesome PRIZE!!! See below!!! 

So what, exactly, IS the game? We are calling it Two Facts and a Fib. Below you will see three descriptions of events/facts/ideas about me. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to figure out which ONE is the FIB versus which TWO are the FACTS. Think it will be easy? Think again!!! You are going to read some pretty interesting things, so go HERE to download your quiz sheet!  

Glad you have chosen to accept the mission!  Here are my three entries. Remember, your mission is to figure out which one is the LIE! Ready?

A. By the time I was 17 years old, I had traveled to 48 states.

B. I got lost on a hike and had to be rescued by helicopter.

C. I met actor Cary Grant when I was working at a dude ranch in Northern California. 

Write down your answer. 

Yes, I know it is hard to have ANY idea which one is the fib. So, help is on the way!!  Follow me on Instagram, Facebook page and Twitter where I will be posting some hints about the right answer. Look for me under GoldCountrySLP or @goldcountryslp on Twitter. 

You might also want to follow me on TeacherPayTeachers where you will find some great, inexpensive therapy materials produced by an SLP with 31 years experience!

Now, click on the next graphic and you will find yourself at the next blog. 

Good luck!!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Hop and Hunt

Are you ready for spring? If you live in the snow zone, then that goes without saying! To get you in the mood for springtime, here are some flowers from my yard in California.

Now, I know you came here hoping for a prize. So, you’re not done yet! Take the secret code, located in the introduction of my featured freebie found HERE, and enter it on Rafflecopter at Activity Tailor.Then click this store’s banner to hop to the next stop. The hop will last from March 20-27, 2015. Not interested in every freebie or missed one? Click on the links below. 

Happy Hopping and Happy Spring!!!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Frenzied SLPs - Lucky2BEanSLP

Why did you become an SLP? Has anyone ever asked you that? I have been asked many times! I’m going to tell you my story and why I am Lucky2BEanSLP!

There comes a time in college when you have to make a decision. OK-there are several times when you must make decisions, but you know what I’m talking about--WHAT will your major be? I had trouble with that decision because I like a LOT of different subjects. First, I was an anthropology major. I STILL love anthropology or, more specifically, paleontology. Then I switched to English with thoughts of teaching English. But, wait, I really LOVE biology, too. Ugh. What to do? Then came my junior year. Time to get serious! I remember thinking I wanted to work with people, maybe in a school, but I was not especially interested in becoming a classroom teacher. Should I be a reading specialist? Then someone mentioned speech pathology. Along with a few other courses, I decided to try two speech pathology courses. You want to know which ones? Childhood language disorders was one of them. The professor (who would later become the first reader for my thesis!) was diagramming sentences. Oh boy! Loved it! The other course was about how to transcribe speech into the symbols known as the International Phonetic Alphabet or IPA. A new sound/symbol system to learn? BRING IT! Within two weeks I was HOOKED! At the age of 20, I dropped EVERYTHING else I was taking and jumped in, knowing it would be an additional two years beyond the bachelor’s degree. 

I can honestly say that I never looked back. Not once. Was it luck? Well, partly. Had I gone to another university (originally, I was slated to attend the University of California, Davis), I would not have had the opportunity to major in Speech Pathology and Audiology. So, yes, it WAS luck.

SLPs know the rest of the story, which did NOT involve luck-rather a lot of very hard work. I recall department chair Dr. Mary Jane Rees telling our junior class that only a few would make it through the entire program. Really? I was shocked to hear that. And DETERMINED. We started with 60+ juniors. NINE of us finished with a master’s degree. Dr. Rees was right!

Fast forward 30+ years. I still LOVE our profession and consider the lifetime decision I made at the ripe old age of 20 to be lucky for me and for my family. I am able to work for the school system, at our local acute facility and on-call at our local SNF. When I have time, I take an occasional private client. Where else are you going to find that kind of employment versatility? No where else! Where else are you going to find a profession that allows you to work with all ages and many other types of professionals? No where else! Where else can you find a profession that allows you to make a tremendous impact on your clients/patients/students? No where else-in my opinion.

Now, I also want to say that I have been very lucky to form connections with many other SLPs over the course of my career. Modern technology has greatly increased those opportunities. I am VERY LUCKY to have so many wonderful colleagues!! You are helpful, creative and supportive! Together we ROCK!!https://www.facebook.com/thefrenziedSLPs

I am truly #Lucky2BEanSLP!