2018 marked a year of many transitions and new chapters work-wise. Here are a few highlights and new resources that I have to share:
I was interviewed for my first podcast related to screen-time by Talking with Tech. This was a really fun opportunity to collaborate with other speech therapists who are doing amazing things for our field. That podcast can be accessed HERE and on iTunes or in Google Play stores. My interview starts at approximately 20 minutes in.
I completed another screen-time webinar, this time for early education specialists through http://www.continued.com. That webinar can be accessed for a price HERE.
I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed another part-time job where I review professional development courses from Sensational Brain. Sensational Brain is a new ASHA CEU provider and they have many current and informative webinars to choose from HERE.
In Feb. 2018 I had my last tour with Summit Education in the Denver, CO area. Summit afforded me a wonderful opportunity to provide professional development courses to clinicians around the U.S. on early intervention and screen time. After about a 18 months presenting with Summit, I was able to go out on my own, providing presentations across CA for various agencies, regional centers, and county programs. You can see my current presentation schedule and a list of past presentations HERE.
The Infant Development Association of CA invited me back to do presentations for both their northern and southern CA conferences on several topics (parent coaching, autism, screen time).
I am halfway through my LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of L.A. and L.A. County Dept. of Mental Health. This is the COOLEST learning opportunity I’ve ever had. I highly encourage every SLP to find their nearest LEND program and apply (there is at least one program in every state and it is a grant funded opportunity)! This program is expanding my scope of practice for the inclusion of mental health work, which is so relevant for many children I work with who can also benefit from behavior and social-emotional support. There is so much learning and professional growth happening for me in LEND that I will need to write a new blog post in the future reflecting on it.
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year by filling a part-time, maternity leave position in the public school system with moderate to severe children with autism (ages 5-11). While ASD early identification and intervention is an area I specialize in, working with older children is not! The coolest part of this job involved reconnecting with two students (at age 7) who I had previously worked with when they were each just one year old! It was amazing to see them 6 years later and how far they have come!