What do an SLP and a naked mole rat have in common?

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Apparently, more that you realize.

The naked mole rat has been described as “weird”, but “hardy”.  They’ve also been said to work together in a team under harsh and crowded conditions, with little food and water or time for a break.

Yet despite the lack of recognition for their efforts and limited resources, the naked mole rat is indestructible. They live way longer than other animals of the same species, and they have a resistance to certain diseases, like cancer.

The naked mole rat feels little pain, making them the official badass of the rodent community.

I’ve actually got one for myself. This summer when I went to Disney World, I saw this little guy in a shop at Animal Kingdom, and I knew I’d be taking him home with me. His name is “Moley”.


My husband thought he was weird and creepy-looking and didn’t understand why I loved him so much…but something about him just made him stand out from the pack of other stuffed critters on the shelf.

Now I’m starting to see why.

There have been times when I’ve felt like a naked mole rat, burrowing around in the dark trying to figure out how to navigate the journey of being an SLP…and I have to say the longest road of all for me was figuring out how to make sense of language therapy.

There were times I didn’t feel confident, but I kept going anyways even when I couldn’t see where I was going, and somehow I survived.

Being indestructible and determined can go a long way, even if you feel like you’re always in the dark groping around.

After over 12 years of research and trial and error, I’ve managed to find my way…and create a systems for language therapy that WORK.

I’ve FINALLY learned how to get some of those more capable students over the hump and off my caseload.

Or help some of those students who couldn’t cut in in the general education class to finally go out for certain classes.

Or help students who needed tons of accommodations learn how to accommodate for themselves, rather than someone else needing to hold their hands.

It took a bunch of failures and false starts, and it took some team work, but know I know its possible for SLPs to deliver high quality language therapy.

Even with limited time and resources.

Even though we have tons of paperwork and “non-therapy” duties.

Even with a huge caseload.

But it’s not easy to make all the pieces work together, and just like the mole rats, we can work together to make this happen.

Like the naked mole rat, we thrive when we’re working with others…which is why I want to build this community so we can support each other.

Language is incredibly complicated, but it is possible to help our students progress if we have the right systems in place.

That’s why I’ve created a place you can get support when you’re frustrated and aren’t sure where to turn. It’s called the Language Therapy Advance Online Community.

This is a Facebook group that will be filled with inspiration, advice, and actionable resources designed just for SLPs treating school-aged language disorders. As the community grows, you’ll be able to post questions and connect with other SLPs, so we can support each other in providing the best language therapy possible.

Sometimes we just want to reach out to someone who understands exactly what we go through each day…which is why I’m hoping you’ll join me in this online community so you can be part of it.

And…if you’re a blogger or author of your own therapy materials for language, the world needs to see them! That’s why in the coming months, I’ll be hosting some themed threads for SLPs to share their language therapy resources (more details to follow, but feel free to reach out to me if you have a topic you’d like to see or if you have something that you’d like to share).

Treating language can be maddening, but it can also be incredibly rewarding when we get it right…and we can work together to do that.

This community is perfect for you if:

You’re a hard-working SLP who is sick of feeling confused about your role and burnt out…

You feel like you’re swimming upstream and spend way too much time planning for your language cases…

And you’re tired of being called the “speech teacher” and feeling like you’re doing the work of a teaching assistant because you aren’t sure what you should be doing.

If this is you, OR if you have some excellent resources to share that would help people in this situation, I’d love to have you join me in the Language Therapy Advance Online Community.


Moley’s already decided to join the group and check out some of the resources being shared. He’s not afraid of tackling the toughest cases.


After all, he is INDESTRUCTIBLE. He’s going to join me in starting something incredible.

Will you?




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