I could spend lots of time focusing on all of the annoying things about being a school SLP. It’s certainly not glamorous….I complete a ridiculous amount of paperwork, I schedule and attend endless meetings, the planning and re-planning, the worrying, the failed sessions spent coaxing a child from under the table, the less than stellar paycheck…all reasons to be miserable. But I’m not. Sure, some days are rough. I am, in fact, human (surprise!). When people ask me why I do it, I have a pretty easy answer: the kids. And when I need a reminder…this is where I go…
I keep a file in my cabinet labeled “Why do I do this????”. Why? At the end of some of those crazy days, I need a little reminder. Or sometimes I just need a pick-me-up, so I whip out this ever growing folder.
Inside it is filled with all these love notes from my students, my co-workers, and parents from the past few years. These kids are why I do it. Cause I do make a difference for them. And that is an incredible blessing.