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Janurary 23, 2014
The Importance of Speech and Language Therapy
by: Alexandra C | Filed under Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Good Use of Media, Parenting
I like to call it the “quarter-life crisis”. Out of college & in the “real world” for a few years, and suddenly panicking about whether the job you have now – the one you worked so hard in high school and college to land – will lead to a fulfilling and gratifying life-long career.
Studying towards my Masters in Developmental Psych. at Teachers College, Columbia U., I was certain that my passion was to work with children in some capacity, but I found myself at a crossroads, with 2 outstanding career opportunities – a very fortunate “problem” to have! Children’s Media or Speech and Language Therapy? Although they seem like wildly different professions, they are actually quite intertwined.
Exposed to several Language Development & Speech Therapy courses in my program at Teachers College, I decided to explore the SLP profession in the actual field. I was privileged to meet with Speech & Language Therapist, Lauren Turk, M.S., CCC-SLP, who kindly allowed me to shadow a few of her therapy sessions in school settings.
Ranging in ages from 3-16 years, and with a variety of different speech & language disorders, her clients did have 1 important aspect in common: the comforting & motivating environment that Lauren carefully established. It was inspiring to see how a speech therapist can really make an impact on a child to live a better, more fulfilled life.
There has been a greater awareness about the importance of early identification of speech, language, swallowing & hearing disorders in young children, but people may not necessarily know who to approach, or how and when to get treatment. Luckily, Lauren Turk has devised a new website, TherapyfindR, which enables parents to search for qualified therapists by zip code. Search results display profiles of therapists with their personal description, credentials & specialty so the family can carefully select the therapist that is right for them. The site is a FREE service to help you find the right therapist for your child’s unique situation and needs.
As for me, I simply could not leave the children’s media world (Have you seen how cute that Daniel Tiger is??). My work as Associate Producer at Out of the Blue enables me to enrich children’s lives, & particularly their communication skills, in a slightly different way, but I feel that my (brief) exposure to the SLP career has shaped the way I view educational children’s television: While I feel I am able to reach and make an impact on many more kids at once, it is important to keep in mind that each and every child behind the screen has distinctive strengths & weaknesses and comes from a unique family & school environment.
Thanks again to Lauren Turk for opening my eyes to the significant field of SLP, and make sure to check out her new site at www.TherapyFindR.com!
Alexandra Cassel is Associate Producer at Out of the Blue Enterprises, LLC. She is completing her M.A. in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Alexandra received her B.A. in Psychology and Media Studies from Colgate University.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
Good Help Is Hard To Find
A new resource for kids' therapists in the city
There are lots of kids who need speech therapy. And there are lots of speech therapists. Yet somehow it can be really challenging to find the right fit. Ditto for occupational therapy, physical therapy, special educational therapy, and behavioral therapy. In a matchmaking effort, one New York-based speech therapist (and UWS mom) has foundedTherapyfindR.com. Users can search the site’s directory of speech therapists by specific need like articulation and phonological disorders (sound errors, lisps), ADHD, social skills, language delays, and hearing loss. There's also the ability to search by zip code, read professional profiles and client reviews, and reach out to potential therapists through an internal messaging system. Also handy: schedule a one-on-one, 30-45 minute call with a licensed therapist (it costs $75); read articles on topics like feeding, swallowing, dyslexia, and communication; and exchange questions and ideas in the “connect” forum. All therapists listed on the site are licensed and certified by ASHA (it’s not required in becoming a speech pathologist but is preferred because of the stringent continuing ed requirements). While the site currently focuses on speech, other therapies are in the works.
TherapyfindR Launches New Service
New website makes it easier for therapists and clients to find each other
Online PR News – 18-September-2013 –TherapyfindR announces the official launch of its new website, www.TherapyfindR.com. TherapyfindR is an online marketplace for therapists from a variety of disciplines. The current focus is on speech-language pathologists, with a planned expansion to include other types of therapy in the near future. TherapyfindR connects therapists and potential clients by offering a comprehensive list of pre-screened therapists with multiple sub-specialties. The pre-screening process entails verification of ASHA and state licenses. A simple search allows one to enter specific criteria and read through therapists’ profiles with the option of sending secure messages to begin a dialogue with the therapists. Additional features allow one to connect with other members and access helpful therapy-related articles and posts. A licensed professional “Concierge” is available for those who require further guidance and support.
Co-founder Lauren Turk, a licensed speech-language pathologist in the New York area, says that families or individuals in need of speech therapy have varying needs; some qualify for services provided through the state, while others may not qualify for state services and there are those who choose to have private services for their child. Currently, the search for a speech-language pathologist is quite difficult. TherapyfindR aims to help the individual to search for a therapist with ease.
“We know how difficult this process can be and finding the right therapist for your family is a necessity. A handful of referrals or a general search just doesn’t provide enough information. With TherapyfindR, you can make an informed and comfortable choice,“ says Turk.
The service is free to individuals and it is free for therapists to post a profile.