SPOTlight on Speech-Language Pathology! Meet Danielle Carey, M.S., CCC-SLP

1. Why and how did you decide to become an SLP?
When I was a sophomore in high school I took part in program that helped students determine career paths.  The program included personality tests and goals.  According to the results, I was a perfect fit to become a counselor, psychologist, or a speech language pathologist.  My mentor had me shadow professionals in each field and I fell in love and decided I would become a speech pathologist.  Prior to discovering I wanted to be an SLP, I wanted to be a lawyer but I did not want to represent anyone who was guilty so that ruled it out for me. 😊
2.  What is your favorite therapy toy/activity?
My favorite toy/activity changes with the seasons.  I constantly go back to the Critter Clinic by B. Toys because there are so many language and articulation goals that can be addressed with one toy.  The kids love opening and closing the doors, so it helps keep them engaged in the treatment session!
Critter Clinic
3. Favorite part of being an SLP?
My favorite part of my job is my patients and the differences in the clients I see. I love that I can go from working with toddlers to school-age children and then to adults.  All of my clients from the babies to my favorite seniors teach me things constantly.  I love that on top of seeing people of different ages, I get to provide a wide variety of treatments: feeding therapy, fluency, language, articulation, augmentative and alternative communication, apraxia, and more!  This job involves problem solving to find the right approach and treatment for each individual client and I enjoy every moment!
5. What is something you don’t know about my profession or a surprising fact about SLPs?
A lot of people do not realize that speech language pathologists can do more than work on how a child produces a sound.  We help children build language, learn to eat new foods, use strategies for fluent speech, and communicate with a device when they are unable to express themselves with their voice.  Prior to working with children, I worked in hospitals and nursing homes with adults who had experienced traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other illnesses that impact their communication or their ability to safely eat food.  SLPs can help children learn how to do something for the first time but we can also rehabilitate people who have lost communication/feeding skills due to a change in medical status.

4.  Something you don’t know about me?  
I went to Nationals with a team out of Blacksburg, VA for vaulting (gymnastic on horseback) and took 3rd place in the nation in my age group for my individual performance while in school.  My horse is currently at my parents’ house in Delaware (thanks Mom and Dad)!

The Therapy S.P.O.T. – Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy

Our multidisciplinary therapy center was established in 2007, and is committed to providing quality therapy services in a fun, family and child centered environment. We provide pediatric speech, feeding, physical, and occupational therapy as well as adult speech and swallowing therapy.  Our therapists have unique and specialized skills and training, and we strive to pair our patients with the therapists who will best meet their specific needs.  You can learn more about our services at  Questions or concerns?  Call us at (912) 681-7768 for a free consultation. ©Jason Hurst Photography 2014-2015

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