Founder Friday: The student becomes the teacher

Speech therapy students
 

By Rachel Robinson, M.S. CCC-SLP, founder + president

What many people don’t know is that prior to me becoming a speech-language pathologist, I saw one!

While the rest of my 3rd grade class went to recess, I was swiftly loaded into a bus.

Destination?

Speech therapy.

My small parochial school in Minneapolis didn’t have a speech therapist, so we would receive services at a school next door. This was my routine twice a week, during recess for several months.

On the bus ride over, I would glance at my twin sister, Alison, riding alongside me. Alison was a speech therapy veteran. She had been receiving services for her prevocalic and vocalic /r/’s long before my frontal lisp was identified.  

We were a real sight for my parents...me screaming “Alithon” and her spouting back “Wachel”!

Thankfully for us, we both graduated from speech therapy with flying colors. I often reflect on how different our lives would be had we not received these services.

At the time, missing recess seemed like punishment but as adults it was one of the best investments we could have made.

Thank you to all the SLPs out there! During Better Hearing and Speech Month (and always) remember, you are doing important work. You will be remembered and hey...you never know if that little one with the lisp will become a SLP one day.


Rachel Robinson