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A school-based placement in her final year of grad school led this week’s guest, Rose Griffin, to a long and successful career dedicated to helping kids with autism communicate. Learn how she developed and honed her skills over the years in different roles. And how invaluable she found gaining practical experience to be.
Hear great examples of how Rose has laid the foundations, built rapport, and established baseline measures with kids she’s worked with. She also has great advice for communicating with others involved in a child’s wellbeing.
Rose also reminds us about the importance of professionalism and positivity as an SLP. And remembering to ensure you have a good work-life balance!
Discussion & Reﬂection Questions
- Have you identified a niche you want to work in? Think about how you can get experience in that area in a variety of ways.
- How do you stay focused on your “why” you’re becoming an SLP? How do you bring it to the fore during challenging times?
- Have you thought about different ways to build rapport with students you may work with?
- Are there student success stories that have inspired you? Think about how you can give yourself a refresher on those moments.
- How’s your work-life balance and boundary setting? Do you make time for outside activities with friends and family?
“Get as much experience as you can. I think when I was a student, that’s definitely what I did, is I tried to take it all in. Once I knew what I wanted to do was autism, I really just went for those opportunities that I knew were going to give me that experience, that were going to help me be immersed in helping autistic learners. Every single step in my career has always been about autism.”
– Rose Griffin
About Rose Griffin
Rosemarie Griffin, MA, CCC/SLP BCBA, is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
She divides her time between a public school and her own private practice, ABA SPEECH.
She is the founder of ABA SPEECH. ABA SPEECH offers therapy services, courses, consultations and products geared towards helping autistic students find their voice.
Rose is also the host of the Autism Outreach Podcast, a weekly show all about autism and communication. She is a sought after speaker who enjoys connecting with audiences at the local, state and national level.
Rose is passionate about the mission of ABA SPEECH, which is to help all students become more independent communicators.
In her free time she LOVES to spend time with her 3 little ones, hubby and doing ORANGE THEORY!
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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