Note: This is the second of a three-part series that takes a look at our speech-language pathologists and the work they do.
When Sarah Emory launched McCulloh Therapeutic Solutions in 2006, she began treating children in their homes and at the local library. Since that time, McCulloh has grown, but continues to serve children in their natural environment through travel therapy.
Many budding speech therapists and seasoned clinicians wonder what it is like to serve children in their homes, daycares or preschools.
Let’s take a look into the life of a speech-language pathologist, or SLP, in our travel therapy division!
Kierra LaForge, CCC-SLP, recently joined the MTS team as a travel therapist, serving a few locations. As a travel therapist, she has the opportunity to work directly with primary caregivers in the natural setting.
“When working in the natural environment, it is much easier to gain a better understanding of a child’s specific daily wants and needs, as well as obstacles the child is facing,” Kierra said.
When she sees and understands at that level, Kierra said she can tailor treatment and serve the child more efficiently.
There are challenges to this approach, however. Clinicians have to learn to do more with less when they’re on the go.
“The challenges therapists encounter in travel therapy encourage a lot of creativity,” Kierra said.
But those challenges are small compared to the benefits. When in the home, Kierra can more directly demonstrate how specific activities and strategies can work.
“It is easier to develop rapport and trust when working directly with the parents in their homes,” Kierra said. “It is fun to go above and beyond to support families!”
Besides working with children and families, what does Kierra love most about her work?
“You won’t be bored! If you’re working in home health, you’re likely working with an awesome team who is dedicated to serving the client to the best of his or her ability.”
Collaboration is key to success, Kierra said.
“Call the early interventionist and collaborate. Call your supervising therapist,” Kierra said. “This will encourage you to maintain the communication with professionals that is necessary to develop within your career!
“If you are a person who appreciates a challenge, a travel therapy position is perfect for you.”
Interested in serving alongside Kierra in our travel therapy division? Ready to take your next step and give children a voice that lasts forever? Complete your MTSKids application today!