Tonight's post was inspired by the #instaBHSM photo challenge on Instagram (sponsored by Simply Speech, Consonantly Speaking, and Home Sweet Speech Room). We have been sharing photos related to specific themes each day. Today's theme was "Express Yourself," and it really got me thinking...
We are so lucky to live in a world where there are many different ways we can express ourselves. I have found several ways that I use to express myself, including blogging, writing, and creating new speech-language materials. I also love to speak and communicate with others. These things are all a part of me and help me share who I am with the world.
I also thought about some of my students who are not able to fully express themselves to their family/friends. Some are limited in their verbal expression, some have difficulties with social interactions, and others may be embarrassed about their fluency or articulation.
As SLPs we can impact lives in so many ways. One of those ways is by helping our students feel more confident in who they are, and by helping them to be able to share their personality with the world around them. We can do this in a variety of ways:
1. Working with students to improve their speech-language.
2. Teaching/training students and teachers in use of AAC.
3. Beginning to teach signs to students when appropriate.
4. Introducing them to a variety of new activities they can use to express themselves, including art, dance, singing, writing, and fashion, just to name a few.
I love being an SLP and working with my students to discover new things each and every day. I love seeing them learn knew things and being able to share those moments with parents/teachers/classmates. I also love that I learn more about myself as I work with each and every student.
Expressing yourself is so much more than being able to speak. It's about sharing who you are in your heart. What are some ways you express yourself or ways you help your students with their self expression? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!