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Our guest for this episode, Noelle Scolieri, works in both private practice and schools. Noelle talks about how she learned to adapt to the expectations of being an SLP as a grad student versus the reality in the job and working long days. Hear how being a graduate student at the start of the pandemic and being unable to go to planned placements ultimately has led her to finding a niche in teletherapy. Noelle also shares some great tips on how to manage challenges such as attendance and no-show issues, leading an IEP meeting, and working effectively with other school-based professions.
Discussion & Reflection Question
- If you find yourself in a situation where you find your expectations differ from reality, or what is practical, how can you adapt?
- What are your strategies for working with teachers who may not have yet come to appreciate the work that SLPs do?
- Are there tactics you can use to help encourage attendance in both schools and/or teletherapy sessions?
- Have you thought about working a split of different ways of working? How could you incorporate that into your lifestyle?
- Whether you’re working in the field or a grad student, how can you overcome any feelings of isolation and connect with other SLPS either as a mentor or mentee?
“Communication is so important to all of us. A lot of children can’t, or don’t, have the ability to communicate in the way that they want to in their mind. We tell them that their words do matter, but we need to make sure they feel that, and want to communicate, and not be frustrated by communicating. I think it keeps pushing me on the tough days. It’s like ‘Okay, today I feel frustrated and challenged, but these children are feeling that way a lot. So, I’ll push through, so then I can help them do that’”.
– Noelle Scolieri
Noelle Scolieri, M.S. CCC-SLP
Noelle Scolieri is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with experience in both private practice and schools. She graduated with her Master of Science in Communicative Sciences & Disorders from Baylor University, and graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelors in Communication Disorders and a minor in Psychology from Geneva College. Noelle had the opportunity to do research at both the undergraduate and graduate level with a special interest in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Literacy, and Teletherapy. Noelle loves working with children and is dedicated to seeing them achieve their goals in speech. Noelle loves sharing her love for this field with future SLPs and enjoys being a mentor they can turn to. She is also the published author of three children’s books and three novels under the pen name Nadette Rae Rodgers. In her free time, Noelle enjoys reading, doing DIY projects, shopping, and spending time with her 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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“I think it’s great to have those moments to hang on to, and their celebrations become our celebrations. It’s incredible. There’s definitely some time and some experiences that you can’t really skip over. It takes some time and some different things happening to figure out what works best for the student, and what allows you to provide the services that student needs.:
– 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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