Being a Speech Pathologist Means...

BY: Karlene Stefanakos, M.A., CCC-SLP on Thursday, 29 August 2013. Posted in All, Speech Evaluation, Speech Pathology

As many of you who have attended the workshops know, Pamela Crouch, M.A., CCC-SLP is my partner in the Speech Team, and my best friend.  Her faith in our profession and in the care we provide to patients in crisis are real and enduring.  I hope her poem gives you strength in your life and profession as she has given to me.

From Pamela Crouch, M.A., CCC-SLP:

When instructing student interns from the universities, it is difficult to prepare them for the overall experience they will encounter throughout their careers. Having 25+ years in the SLP world, I have had a myriad of emotions while dealing with patients. As I was discussing this with a nurse friend of mine, she presented me with the following poem (author unknown) regarding her nursing experience. Having read this, I knew this was also conclusive of my experience as an SLP as I dealt with a variety of patients, disease processes and my day-to-day clinical practice. My interns have felt this simple poem a valuable tool as they deal with patients. Therefore, i want to share it with you as you walk through this world of speech pathology.

Being a Speech Pathologist Means . . .

You will never be bored.

You will always be frustrated.

You will be surrounded by challenges.

So much to do and so little time.

You will carry immense responsibility

And very little authority.

You will step into people's lives

And you will make a difference.

Some will bless you.

Some will curse you.

You will see people at their worst

And their best.

You will never cease to be amazed

At people's capacity for

Love, courage, and endurance.

You will see life begin . . . and end.

You will experience resounding


And devastating failures.

You will cry a lot.

You will laugh a lot.

You will know what it is to be human

And to be humane.



To learn more about Pamela Crouch, M.A. CCC-SLP, please view her company bio.

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