Being a mom is the most challenging but the most rewarding thing I have ever done. I’m not the first to say this, I know. Being a mom has also challenged me in my career to be a better speech pathologist. As a mom, I know the hectic home life that comes with 3 little ones.
One thing I have learned through the years is a parent knows their child so listen to what they have to say. When our son, Corbin, was having health issues, we were lucky enough to have doctors who listened to us which helped put us at ease when we couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. But I remember this one doctor who brushed off everything I said. She just explained each thing away like it hadn’t even happened. I walked out of that appointment feeling helpless. I felt like I would never figure out what was wrong with my son.
Having that experience has taught me I never want a family to come to an appointment with me and leave feeling helpless. My goal is they leave knowing more about their child than when they got there and they leave with a road map of next steps. The look in a parent’s eye is priceless when they finally understand why their child won’t eat certain foods or why they can’t say specific sounds. It is that look that keeps me doing what I do. Being able to give a family some peace and reassurance along with a plan for how to help their child is at the heart of each session.
We never fully knew what caused Corbin to be so sick. We were often left with more questions than answers. But having been heard by the doctors and specialists we saw allowed me to be at peace through a tough journey. Now, I’m blessed to say he is a happy and healthy 5 year old who loves sports. In the end, being a mom has made me a better speech pathologist.