Hi, and welcome to Spiffy Speech!
Hi, and welcome to Spiffy Speech!
My name is Holly and I'm a speech-language pathologist who has been working for two pediatric private practices since 2008. I'm actually still working at the same places where I completed my CFY so that should tell you how much I love my job and coworkers!
Most of my sessions take place in the office setting but I also see occasional clients at schools or daycare centers. My offices have a fantastic setup with hundreds of games and books, giant snack/prize stashes, and sensorimotor gyms complete with swings and ball pits to use during speech sessions. Since speech and OT share the same office spaces, I often get to collaborate with other therapists. I'm a total night owl with pretty scary sleeping habits so I love being able to make my own schedule (read: stay up until 3 AM and sleep in until 10 or 11). :)
I work with children of all ages as well as a few adults; my youngest client has been under 2 and the oldest to date has been 30! While I see most of my clients individually, I also run some articulation groups and social/language groups including a social group for young adults. My younger brother is on the Autism spectrum which I think has given me greater understanding when working with this population and their families. I especially love working with little late talkers, addressing /r/ and other challenging artic errors, and targeting word retrieval skills.
I'm in a unique position where I get to order materials for my offices including games, books, resources, prizes, and (maybe most importantly) candy. I am constantly buying new things since the materials are shared between several therapists. For that reason, I've gotten to try just about every toy/game in the Target toy aisle and love making product suggestions to other SLPs/educators or parents. As a quick disclaimer, I belong to Amazon’s affiliate program, Amazon Associates. If I post a link to an Amazon product on my Facebook page or on this website and you choose to purchase the item through that link, I will earn a small commission from the sale (but at no additional cost to you).
I started Spiffy Speech when I was in grad school designing funny SLP-themed t-shirts and apparel. I uploaded my first t-shirt design as a joke and was shocked when I discovered that someone had actually ordered it! I still upload occasional t-shirt designs but my passion is for designing speech therapy resources including games, mini lessons, and interactive stories. It was a very slow and exhausting learning curve but I'm proud of how much I've learned and at how useful this skill set has become with the 2020 shift to teletherapy sessions. I've also met some amazing fellow SLPs via social media and I'm really grateful for their friendship and support!
On the non-speech side of things, I have a boyfriend who works as an employment specialist for individuals who have disabilities. We just adopted a rescue puppy (#quarantinepuppy) named Ivy and she's only 4 months old but I'm determined to turn her into a therapy dog eventually. Some of my favorite things are iced coffee (even in a blizzard), the beach, mozzarella sticks, writing, reading young adult fiction/fantasy, and learning web/graphic design.
Thanks so much for visiting my page and feel free to reach out with any questions or comments below or on Instagram (@spiffyspeech)!
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