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Catch this positively vibrating bonus episode of the Fishbowl series as Janet, Katie, and Mattie talk about their favorite memories of ASHA and who they’ve met this year and years past. You never know who you may be sitting beside!!
Discussion & Reﬂection Questions
- How is ASHA this year?
- How is ASHA different than in years past?
- Who have been some of the interesting people you have met?
- Share with us a favorite ASHA memory.
- Tell us about the people whoo are visitiing your booths Fresh SLP and Badass SLP and what kinds of questions are they asking?
- What have been your favorite SLP shops and merch?
“A few years ago, I was sitting at lunch, in the convention hall eating my box lunch, having a nice conversation with Walter from Memphis, then all of a sudden, I realized, it’s the author of one of my textbooks I’m using for fluency class Walter Manning. And there’s just this super fun moment like meeting a rock star! I took a picture for my students with me and him, and we were all excited.” – 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.
“And I think one of the best things is being able to be surrounded by all of that energy, and all of these people where you can feel like these are my people. Yes, they understand, you know, and you have kind of that shared experience and passion for a profession. And that allows you to have these really substantive interactions a bit more quickly, I think, and what a wonderful thing. “
– 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 I find that people are really taking the time to pause and reflect and very consciously say, “Where do I want to go and what decisions am I making?”
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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