Hey everyone! Welcome to The Child Inspired. My name is Alyssa and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist in Huntersville, North Carolina.
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but I’ve lived in North Carolina most of my life. I went to Appalachian State University for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. It was there that I met my husband Matt (you might hear me refer to him as Dudley, our last name, since my younger brother is also named Matt). We got married in November of 2018. In the last 6 months, we have gotten not one, but TWO puppies! Maverick is our Bernedoodle and Hootie (like the blowfish) is our Goldendoodle. They are the cutest and best little pups that we could have ever asked for!
What I do
I work as an independent contractor seeing clients in their natural environment- meaning I travel to clients homes or daycares to provide therapy. Most of my clients are between the ages of 1 and 5 years. Parents seek out therapy for a variety of reasons. Maybe their child has a language delay, a language disorder or they’re difficult to understand when they speak. All of my clients are in their PRIME for developing speech and language skills which makes my job so rewarding and fun.
Why I do it
Developing strong speech and language skills in children does not need to be boring or something that only SLPs can do. I believe a HUGE part of being an SLP is coaching parents on how to incorporate these skills into their everyday lives. Parents are the ones that spend the most time with their children and therefore have the biggest opportunity to influence and increase their child’s ability to communicate effectively.
I hope that parents and other pediatric SLPs can use this blog for tips and tricks to add to their daily routine to find fun and exciting books and toys perfect for promoting communication.