I have been away from the blog, again, for much longer than I had planned. That’s what 4 kids will do to you 😉
I know that I talk exclusively about children here- but today I’d like to get your feedback on working with adults (though I promise, this will relate to all the people in your life, no matter their age, in the end!) If you’re strictly a pediatric SLP- I still would love your input. Not an SLP? You can still help me out here! Keep scrolling. And I’ll be following this post up in a couple days to explain why I’m asking these questions today. I am also asking these questions on my Facebook page, if you’d like to head over there and join the conversation.
For SLPs: Your Adult Client
If you are an SLP, I want you to pretend you are working with an adult- let’s say a 60 year old male who has acquired apraxia. He comes to you twice a week to work on his speech. One day, after working a bit- he gets frustrated. It is hard work and he can’t always say the things he wants to say. Then, he starts to cry.
Right there at your therapy table. He starts to cry.
Tell me, how do you respond to his cries?
Now it’s YOU
Here is where both SLPs and non SLPs can help me.
Now it’s YOU who needs therapy. You’ve gotten in a car accident where you broke both your legs and you sustained a mild brain injury. The bones are now healed, but you have a LOT of work to do to be able to learn to walk again and your head injury sometimes makes it difficult for you to pay attention and follow directions. Your muscles are weak from lack of use over the months in casts.
You’re happy to be alive- but one day in physical therapy, you’re just exhausted. You are sore and your brain is fuzzy and you are frustrated. You sit down and just start to cry.
Right there on the floor the rehab room.
Tell me, how do you want your therapist to respond to your cries?
Leave me a comment- I want to hear your answer(s). Or, if you are getting this via email- simply hit “reply” and send me your response.
Like I said- I’ll be following up in a few days in a post to explain why I am asking these questions- but for now I can’t wait to hear from you all!