The Missing Link for SLPs
The Missing Link for SLPs
SLP Fishbowl Series #7: Realistic Ways SLPs Can Put Self-Care at the Top of their To-Do List

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This is our holiday season special and we talk about the importance of taking care of ourselves first and just how to do that!  Why is this episode so important?  Because we are important!  Warning to those of you who work with voice – Mattie is recovering from phonotrauma due to excessive coughing and you can hear it in her voice.  This conversation is about lessons learned about self-cares. 

Discussion & Reflection Questions

  1. Why is it important to take a break from work?
  2. How do you deal with others’ perspectives when they don’t value taking breaks or self-cares?
  3. What is an owning conversation?
  4. What about students who shift from a very competitive environment?
  5. What are things that energize and recharge you?
  6. How do you recognize when you need a break?

 “And I think just even recognizing that there is something I don’t know, maybe in the wiring of us as individuals that because we’re so self-directed. That’s a really strong good trait. And it’s also one of the biggest challenges for just taking a break.” – Janet Tilstra

Janet Tilstra, PhD, CCC-SLP
Associate Professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders at St. Cloud State University

Janet Tilstra is a teacher, mentor, connector of people, and fan of the arts. She works as an Associate professor in Communication Sciences & Disorders at St Cloud State University and consults with schools and community organizations to facilitate strategic planning, mentor teams in applied research, and structure important conversations.
Pre-2015, Janet practiced clinically as a speech-language pathologist, served as a Master Literacy Coach with Minnesota Reading Corps, and taught in the departments of psychology and education at the College of St Benedict. She loves nuanced conversations, reading books with great character development, kayaking, all things music, and winning board games. Janet lives along the Mississippi River in Minnesota with her husband and two cats. She strives to think like a scientist, foster potential in others, live a balanced life, and make the world a little bit better.

“I would suggest to you that putting some of the things that benefit you directly higher on that list can be really powerful. Because what you do when you do that is you say I’m worth more than the leftovers and worth more than the dregs and worth more than what’s available after all the other things. “

– Katie Widestrom-Landgraf

Katie Widestrom-Landgraf, MS, CCC-SLP

School Speech-Language Pathologist
Katie is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in both medical and educational settings for over 20 years. She presently works with adolescents in a large suburban high school. Katie is a past president of the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MNSHA). She has collaborated with the MN Dept. of Education to expand the understanding of oral language as a critical neurodevelopmental infrastructure for academic achievement processes. She is most passionate about helping students develop their language skills as a tool for thought, wonderment, questioning, and
curiosity…and of course communication. When Katie is not working with the students on her caseload, she is still working with students to develop their communication and self-expression as a high school forensics coach. Katie enjoys great conversations and connections where one loses a sense of time, fabulous dining experiences, transcendent cups of coffee, and books that are so good she negotiates with her alarm clock so that she might finish just one more chapter.

“And just like I need my yearly physical and my teeth cleaning and my eyeglasses check, I need this time where I need to set aside some time, whether it’s structured or unstructured, formal or informal {for me}.”

Mattie Murrey Tegel, MA, CCC-SLP, L, CPC, CLSC

Medical Speech-Language Pathologist and Founder of Fresh SLP

Mattie Murrey-Tegels is the founder and SLP behind Fresh SLP and The Missing Link for SLPs Podcast. She’s been “in-the-trenches” as a medical SLP around the world for over 25 years and now an Assistant Professor for 3 years. She is thrilled to be adding this dream of a podcast because paying her experiences forward is something she is very passionate about. If you ask her patients and students, one thing they will remember is how much she loves her job! She may not look like it but she is a huge introvert and when she is not actively working as an SLP, she is almost always reading, writing (writing over 1,000,000 words a year), or listening to amazing Chicago Blues bands. She also loves being outdoors and definitely enjoys soaking up the sun at her home in Minnesota, where warm and sunny days can be limited. She’s ridden motorcycles for many years, raced sled dogs, hiked huge mountains yet she cherishes the quiet moments of climbing into a hammock to nap or timeless conversations with friends and family.

The Missing Link for SLPs podcast and Fresh SLP is her legacy, giving back to a career that has so richly rewarded her.

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