When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear

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Those of you who have been owned by a cat already know there is a lot we can learn from these very interesting creatures who choose to share their lives with us. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from the cats who’ve been in my life is to make sure I try to look at the world differently.

The title of this post comes from a Buddhist proverb. I’ve found it to be true in my own life. When we open ourselves to learning, the teacher we need appears in our life.

As I mentioned in the last post, I’ve had the pleasure and the opportunity to work with a group of school-based speech therapists who are completing their Master’s degrees as part of a 4-week summer camp for children with communication disorders. Next week is the last week of the camp and I find myself exhausted, sad, and grateful to everyone involved – from the amazing kids, their wonderful families, the outstanding SLPs who helped out, and most especially to the graduate student clinicians themselves.

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to everyone for being the teachers I needed at this moment in my life and theirs. I sincerely hope they’ve learned as much from me as I have this summer. I have gained a lot of insight into the way practicing clinicians think, how to meet them where they are, how to be a better supervisor, and how to help them expand their own horizons when it comes to critically thinking through the clinical challenges they experience with their students. I know I will take the lessons I’ve learned forward with me as I think about developing materials and ideas going forward.

Thank you, everyone

And, as always, thank you for reading.

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