New Podcast Series “Walking In My Shoes” Coming Soon

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Greetings Dear Reader,

I’ve mentioned before that I am working with a new continuing education start-up company (I’ll keep you posted on the launch which should be in the next couple of weeks!). I am working on a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in SLP Therapy series partially based on the popular “How Not to Be a ‘Karen’ SLP” posts I’ve made here and partially based on two upcoming books chapters I wrote this spring/summer with my co-author, Dr. Rihana Mason.

One of the pieces I’m developing for the CE is a series of interviews with parents of children with communication disorders. The parents themselves have asked how their stories can have a wider reach and have given permission for the recorded interview sessions to be distributed as podcasts. In fact, one parent would really like to continue the conversation and help develop the series. I’ve called it, “Walking in My Shoes” because support delivery in speech-language pathology can’t change until we understand the challenges our clients face and what they really need.

I’m hoping to be able to post the first episode by the end of this week(end). I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to post new episodes at least every two weeks or so.

As you listen to the parents’ stories, I hope you’ll reflect on their comments and your own clinical practice. I know just conducting the first interview opened my eyes to a few challenges the family has had, the parent’s hopes for her son, and the quite frankly unreasonable expectation of conformity the school district places on her 6 year-old, non-verbal son with autism when it comes to his communication in the classroom.

As always, I look forward to your comments and suggestions about the series and questions and topics you’d like to hear.

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