Hello! My name is Pam, and I’m so happy to be sharing my day with you on Lyndsey’s blog!
I have been a pediatric speech-language pathologist for 26 years and have been operating my own private practice, Small Talk, for the past 11 years. I live in a southwest suburb of Portland, OR with my husband and my youngest son who is just starting his senior year.
My day typically begins at 6:00am when I wake up, stumble down the hall and head right for the coffee maker. I drink my coffee in my favorite chair and use these first quiet moments to catch up on social media.
At 7:30 I leave for my Pilates class, which I attend twice a week at a small studio. I’ve been going to classes for over 3 years now and really love it! It’s made me so much physically stronger.
After I return from Pilates and get ready for the day, I go to my office and prepare the activities and materials I will need for the day. I have a caseload of approximately 20 kids ranging in age from 2-15 currently. I work four days per week, and see 4-6 kids per day.
I keep all my printed materials that I will need for the day in a basket within arm’s reach of my table. Each child comes for a 50 minute one-on-one session, most with a parent in attendance. I like to structure my sessions so that we complete at least 3 activities that are chosen and structured by me, and at least one that the child choses. Many of my activities are play-based and are usually centered around a theme.
On this day, I have two evaluation appointments scheduled in the afternoon. These appointments usually take longer than an hour and consist of standardized testing, observations during play, completing a parent interview and informal assessments. I love completing these type of assessments! It’s kind of like making the outside frame of a jigsaw puzzle. You get a glimpse of what the child’s skills look like, but you don’t really have the whole picture yet. I love the process of fitting all the remaining pieces together.
After my last client leaves for the day, I re-organize the toys and games we used in treatment that day. I double-check all my documentation, put files in the cabinet and do whatever paperwork that’s necessary. I check my calendar for the next day and make a note of anything that needs to be prepared. Then, I lock the doors and leave my office behind.
One thing my family values is having meals together. Although is doesn’t happen every night, we still try to eat together at least three times a week. I love to cook (and to eat) so I don’t usually find it a burden. Here’s what we ate tonight:
After dinner, my husband and I typically go for a walk. We walk up to the park and through neighborhoods and usually walk over 2 miles. I don’t have a picture of our walks, so I’ll just share this one of us walking at the beach.
After our walk, I usually settle back into my favorite chair. I either pick up my laptop or my iPad and get on social media, or work on a product for my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Tonight I’m knitting. I’m working on a project for my nephew’s newborn son.
So that’s it! That’s a typical day in my life as an SLP. If you’d like to learn more about me and my ideas for treatment, be sure to check out my blog, Chit Chat and Small Talk. You can also follow me on Instagram or Facebook as Small Talk SLP.
Thanks for stopping by!