As a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) it is important to look at the "bigger picture." Each case that a SLP receives should be viewed as an unique puzzle. When a person puts together a puzzle typically you dump out your puzzle pieces, spread them out, and you may even look at the box to see the complete picture. Next, the corner pieces are typically arranged because those are easier to identify and it creates the framework. Then the fun begins, twisting and turning pieces, linking pieces by colors, shapes, pictures, to finish the puzzle. You will reach a point in the puzzle where you may say, "Wow this puzzle is almost finished," and it will make you want to work even harder. As you near the end and you insert the last piece to the puzzle, you will feel accomplished and will want to work on more and more puzzles and challenge yourself with harder ones. All the above describes the life of a speech language pathologist, a SLP is provided with a variety of different cases and the process is just like solving a puzzle with missing pieces. The SLP gathers all information pertinent to the case and then starts to try different therapy ideas to see what works and what does not work. Some cases are similar and may be easier to solve because you may have had a previous case that required the same techniques, but each case is still unique. The thinking that a SLP experiences when a skill is reached, a goal is met, or a parent/guardian comes to you and tells you how much they appreciate what you are doing; all these things make a SLP want to continue to discover the missing pieces to the puzzle.
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