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Today’s guest, Katelyn Kelps, not only works as an SLP at both high school and elementary level, she also develops resources and other fun stuff for SLPs on the side!
Listen to her talk with Katie Widestrom-Landgraf about having flexibility, building trust with kids, collaboration with other staff, how she sets boundaries and recharges, and her thoughts on maybe having her own private practice in the future.
Discussion & Reflection Question
- Have you ever thought about using your SLP skills to work in both elementary and school settings?
- How can you build communication and capacity with your non-SLP colleagues?
- What tactics do you use to build trust with the kids that you work with?
- If you hold more than one role, how do you manage your time and set boundaries?
- What do you do to relax after work? Is it SLP based or something completely different?
“Don’t feel pressured to organize yourself the way that people want you to. I think sometimes schools want us to do things in a way that makes sense to them. But if it makes sense for you, whether it’s how you take data, or organize your meetings, or anything like that, do what works best for you and makes you the more effective SLP.”
Katelyn Kelps MS, CCC-SLP
Katelyn Kelps is in her eighth year of being a speech-language pathologist. She is passionate about student-led and focused intervention, AAC, Gestalt Language Development, and collaboration with other professionals. She is lucky to serve a variety of populations at both a high school and in a self-contained elementary school.
Outside of work she also loves to create Teachers Pay Teachers resources for other professionals, speech and special education shirts on my Etsy, and is always seeking to learn more from other professionals and the populations she serves. Katelyn absolutely LOVES her career, but also enjoys reading, binging Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.
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Katie Widestrom-Landgraf, MS, CCC-SLP
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 critical neurodevelopmental infrastructure for academic achievement processes.
Katie 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.
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“When you can build capacity with your colleagues, that feels really good too. Sometimes our colleagues don’t always know what we do, and they don’t always understand how those underlying processes are so critical for what we ask kids to do with learning. And so, any opportunity for collaboration, I think, is a chance for magic to happen.”
– Katie Widestrom-Landgraf
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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