Speech Therapy: What Are You Thankful For?

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love that it's not that commercialized and focuses on family and being grateful. I also LOVE the fall colors, which is weird because we don't really have fall in Central Texas. It's more like a lot of summer with a couple of winter days thrown in around January/February. Maybe it's the idea of fall that I like!

In the past, I've done the daily gratitudes on FaceBook and the thanks at the family table. Since this is my first Thanksgiving blogging, I thought I would do gratitudes for speech therapy. Sometimes I focus on what I don't have, like iPads for all the SLPs without any way to buy apps. Or a less-than-ideal system for doing ARDs and FIEs. Or going through hoops just to get things like ink cartridges and office supplies. You get the idea.

So here are the things I'm thankful for:

* being in a helping profession
* my AWESOME, WONDERFUL speech team. There are 5 SLPs covering my elementary through the end of the semester, and the rest are also stepping up to help with paperwork, testing, etc. They have all rearranged schedules and been very willing to do what needs to be done.
* supportive administrators. When I first found out the diagnosis of breast cancer just before school started, both my director and principal immediately told me to do what I needed and go to any appointments and not worry about school.
* my school district. Everyone has been so wonderful and supportive. Special Ed provided support and meals, as did my husband's middle school, but everywhere I go, there is someone from the district encouraging me.
* Blogs, Pinterest and Teachers pay Teachers. What wonderful new resources!
* my students. I feel most at home doing therapy at the round table.
* my room, newly painted thanks to my principal and newly decorated thanks to family and friends!
* my CFY. She takes initiative, and I only have to tell her things one time.

I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting that I will have to go back and add. But I already feel better focusing on the good things! What are you thankful for?

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  1. After Hurricane Sandy, I'm thankful for a full tank of gas despite having to wait 45 minutes for it :)


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