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The ASHA Leader, June 2011, Vol. 16, 37. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.16062011.37
The ASHA Leader, June 2011, Vol. 16, 37. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.16062011.37
May I give a little historical perspective on SLP titles? My first job was working in the public schools some 50 years ago, so I might be criticized on the premise that it was so long ago that who cares! I tried to be a visible person in the schools in which I worked, not only to the teachers but to the kids as well.
One of my special assignments was to work with an entire kindergarten classroom doing lessons called “speech improvement” that included fun listening and recitation activities. I also sometimes walked the halls when the kids were arriving at school with a big smile on my face and a friendly “Hi, how ya doin’?” to the kids.
One of my best memories of my early teaching days was the kids calling out “Hi, Speech Man!” as if I was just a friendly guy. I always thought that my “Speech Man” title also had a good influence on the kids who came to me for “speech therapy” as well as those kids who were not so privileged. Some kids even asked me when they could come to speech. Call it what it is but remember to play the friendly hand to all the kids you work with—and those you don’t.
Gerald Johnson Grafton, Wisconsin
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