My Path to Becoming an SLP and COM®
Pillar Speech Therapy, LLC is short for “Caterpillar Speech-Language and Myofunctional Therapy”. It was inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. I love this book, reading it aloud to a preschool classroom set me on a path to becoming an SLP and later a COM®
My Journey to Becoming an SLP
As an undergraduate student in Texas, I worked in a preschool classroom and read The Very Hungry Caterpillar daily in circle time. There was a non-verbal student who started seeing an SLP at our school, who they called his 'special teacher'. Three months later, while I was reading this book in circle time, he said his
first word in class: "apple". After that the words started to flow out of him, it was incredible! At that time I was not familiar with this profession, so I became a special education teacher. I spent three years with the Houston Independent School District. I worked with students with a variety of disabilities in the alternative and charter schools department. I was the department chairperson where I prepared and facilitated Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) meetings, and monitored the implementation of classroom accommodations, related services, standardized testing and transition services.
During this time, I met an SLP who invited me to observe her sessions, and I was hooked! I applied to graduate school the following semester, and through the course of my studies, I grew to understand and appreciate that 'special teacher' who helped my non-verbal student. I have spent the last eight years, learning all that I can to support children and their families.
My therapy style is play-based, flexible and client-directed. I love playing!! My sessions always include toys or board games or balls or bubbles (ask me about my "sticky bubbles"). I want to learn about your child and what makes them tick, so that I can fill my therapy bag full of activities for them. Children learn so much through play and I want to help bridge the developmental gaps in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.
Children learn so much through play and I want to help bridge the developmental gaps in a fun, safe, and supportive environment.