In this episode, we talk with Breeah Carey, an SLP truly loving her work as a contract school based therapist in a small bilingual school of 200 students. She talks about how she works with students from pre-K right through to eighth grade, their parents, and their teachers.
Big on relationship building, Breeah speaks about, especially after post-pandemic isolation, the importance of helping her little ones build relationships and communication skills with others to help improve overall quality of life. She also talks about how she had to learn additional skills to also work in private practice, and the benefits of social media for SLPS.
Discussion & Reflection Question
- Have you experienced bilingualism as an SLP? How familiar are you with language differences versus language disorders?
- How can you establish collaborative interdisciplinary goals with the other professionals you work with?
- Do you feel like you’ve got balance and flexibility in your current role? If not, how can you seek to achieve a happy balance?
- If you’re thinking about switching fields as an SLP, are you able to shadow an SLP in the area you’d like to work in to get a feel for it first?
- If working a combination of private practice sounds like a good option for you, are there areas of SLP expertise that you’ll need to upskill or refresh your knowledge on?
This field is a very tight knit community, and very intimate because there’s not a lot of us. I love that we’re able to have these conversations and bring awareness to more topics such as diversity and bilingualism. And also really discuss how we’re not just a speech therapist, or a speech teacher as they want to call us, but really even standing in our title, knowing the roles and responsibilities and how important our work is, but then also knowing that we are like vessels for connection.
– Breeah Carey
Breeah Carey MS, CCC-SLP
Breeah S. Carey, M.S., CCC-SLP is a New Jersey native and the Director of B.E.S. As the daughter of an educator, Breeah was always interested in serving her community, similar to her mother.
Breeah graduated from Purdue University and received her undergraduate degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, with minors in psychology and Spanish. As her passion grew, specifically around assisting individuals with speech, language, and cognitive impairments, she decided to further her education. She completed two years of comprehensive training in Purdue’s Master of Science Speech-Language Pathology program; thus, receiving her Master’s degree at the end of her studies. Her areas of focus include pediatric language disorders, speech sound disorders, and bilingualism.
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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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“There is that experience, oftentimes, of being the only one in the building. One of the things that is so different from II came out of graduate school, it was maybe a little bit trickier to find folks to connect with. One of the benefits of social media, and having your presence on social media, is it’s a way to find your people. It’s a way to connect with folks who understand what you’re doing, where you’re at, even if you’re not in close proximity with each other.”
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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