This year I’ve had the amazing privilege of sharing my room with a fellow SLP (yes, I actually enjoy sharing a space… more on that in another post). We often have a laugh over funny SLP-inspired happenings that creep up in our private lives. It got me thinking about all of those little things that we encounter that only Speech-Language Pathologists can appreciate.
So, here is a little list of “You Might Be an SLP if” happenings:
You Might Be an SLP if…
- you’ve diagnosed actors/hosts/reporters while watching your evening television.
- your office was once a closet.
- you had to say no to a potential date due to their slight lisp.
- ðɪs ɪz wət ju jus fɔr ə sikrət kod.
- you can imitate any speech distortion on command.
- there are more letters after your name than are in your name. (M.S., CCC-SLP!)
- when water “goes down the wrong way” you dismiss it by saying, “Don’t worry, I just aspirated some thin liquid”.
- all of your tweets contain the hashtags of #SLPeeps, #SLP2b, etc.
- you have entire conversations in abbreviations, standard scores, and percentiles.
- you named your cat “Syntax” and your dog “Dysphonia”.
- your superhero name would be “Buccinator”.
- you make a beeline for the kids books section of any bookstore.
- your tongue depressors are flavored.
- adults using incorrect grammar gives you the heebie-jeebies.
- you think of the ASHA conference as your “family reunion”.
- you wear earplugs at concerts and put headphones on your children in loud places.
- you think TpT should really be called “SLPs pay SLPs” (SpS)!
- most of your paycheck is spent at the dollar store/spot on toys, reinforcers, and organizational materials.
- you watch a person’s mouth during conversation.
- you know that speech, voice, and language are very different things.
- your friends/family ask what you think about their child’s speech even though you have been secretly assessing them since birth and already have a full diagnostic report ready.
- you understand medical shorthand and teacher abbreviations.
- you no longer have to look up standard scores to your most common assessments.
- your Facebook wall has more posts from SLP blogs than your friends.
- you can take any board game and tweak it to be a therapy material.
- you use terms like “tympanic membrane” and “vocal folds” in place of the layman’s terms of “eardrum” and “vocal chords”.
- you find random packets of “SimplyThick” in your pockets when doing laundry.
- your own children are fluent in ASL by the age of 1.
- your SpEd team or rehab team are some of your closest friends.
- you’ve worked in SNFs, schools, clinics, EI, private therapy, and more… in one year!
- you truly enjoy helping others and love your career.
I hope you find this humorous and have enjoyed this fun little blog post! Have a great week!