First week of clinic…and birthdays

So my clinic buddy told me that I just have to show up and be prepared, and that’s most of the battle won. I showed up, and I was prepared, and I still believe that I lost the battle, but I’m going to keep showing up until I win the battle. My clients probably aren’t going to see any progress this semester, and I don’t know why they are coming to speech therapy, but that’s not my worry. It’s my supervisor’s. 

In other news, today is my 25th birthday. I suddenly feel the need to act like a grown adult now that I’m 25. Clinic makes me feel a bit older as well. It’s crazy to think that in one year, when I turn 26, I’ll have (mostly) finished my degree — just a few weeks of internship after that. 

Goals for the year?

Beyond the obvious “finish school and clinic”…

– READ books that aren’t textbooks — we encourage kids to read all the time, but all I read are emails and textbooks. Perelandra is first on my list. I hate that I keep rereading the same books, but it’s because I know they’re good, and I don’t want to waste my reading time on books that might be terrible.

– Finish my thesis project!

– Learn how to make Korean ddeok.

– Learn some more…Russian, Spanish, French, and German…at least to reading proficiency in all of these.

– Get on track to be published. (research: to do list)


So clinic begins…

…and my first client called me her “bitch girl“. Apparently “speech girl” is a bit difficult to pronounce.

Also, people seem to be deterred from going into research because of the great amount of writing and research required to do so. I’m pretty sure, though, that lesson plans and SOAP notes and other such reports are much more writing than the occasional article and that researching on Pinterest for speech therapy ideas is much more time-consuming than saying “Hey, I wonder what would happen if we did this…”



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