SLPs Are Full of Awesome

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awesome [aw-suhm]  /ˈɔsəm/


1.  inspiring awe: an awesome sight.
2.  showing or characterized by awe.
3.  Slang . very impressive: That new assessment tool is totally awesome.

There’s this book I’ve been meaning to read for about a year now.  I think this summer will be the time. Maybe you’ve heard of it, maybe you haven’t.  It’s called The Book of Awesome, by Neil Pasricha. Here is a link to his inspirational TedxToronto talk (I just found out he’s Canadian too!) about why he started his blog,, and later wrote his book(s).

Lately work has been really difficult for the entire team I work with.  We’ve had an increase in referrals but no increase in staff plus this is the fourth year that the SLPs on the team have been only doing assessments and follow-up and not doing therapy anymore.  When you’re not doing therapy, it’s a lot harder to feel like you’re making a difference or to feel effective in your job.  It’s not that we AREN’T effective or not making a difference – of course we are. But we lose sight of that somewhere along the way in desperately trying to keep up and provide quality service to the students and teachers we support.

Recently I got the idea to start a Wall of Awesome  at work.  My intent is that we will post our triumphs, laughs, successes, and generally awesome moments throughout our year.  This way we can look at that wall throughout the year and (especially) at the end of the year and say “wow – look at all the awesome moments we shared and things that happened for our students, staff and their families”.  I think our department desperately needs that boost.

It then occurred to me that maybe our department isn’t alone in this difficult time when things seem overwhelming or difficult.  I think many of us are feeling this to varying degrees for various reasons throughout the world. We can all benefit from seeing awesome things that have happened around us in our profession.

So, I began an SLP Wall of Awesome.  It is my hope that you will contribute to this wall from time to time, when you have a success or awesome moment, and we can continue to build it as a global SLP community!!  We can feed off of each others’ successes and moments of fun when we are down and chances are it’ll remind of us something similar that happened in our careers recently as well.

I know you can think of something awesome.  Even the simple things (and usually the simple things) are full of awesome. If you still need some ideas, here are a few examples of things you might share:

  • Something a client, staff member or community member said to you or to someone else that made you smile
  • Great progress (or little bits of hard fought progress) your clients have made
  • A connection or breakthrough you made with a client, family member or surrounding support staff member
  • Something you learned that will change how you practice
  • Little things you love about your job or the people you work with

That list isn’t comprehensive, but maybe it’ll give you some ideas. You may also get a few ideas after reading some of Pasricha’s 1000 Awesome Things on his blog. Heck, why not go over there and read some anyhow – it’s a guaranteed pick-me-up!

So, please add some awesomeness to our Wall of Awesome today.


11 comments on “SLPs Are Full of Awesome

  1. kimberlyslp says:

    Such a great idea, Tanya. Thanks for making us think about and share our moments of “awesome”.

  2. I love this idea. Celebrate our successes and keep grounded in the positive to keep up our energy for excellent service! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Deborah says:

    I want to start a wall of awesome at my school too. I love it!

  4. […] By: Tanya Coyle, CCC-SLP Copyright 2011. Reprinted with the express permission of the author as it appeared on her blog The Lexical Linguist […]

  5. Barb says:

    It’s great to work with awesome people who keep you going. Although I work from home, I have a supportive supervisor and others from work who are important to me. A few of my co-workers are on facebook so we can support each other there too. I like your idea of making a “Wall of Awesome.” You are a very uplifting individual. Of course, people drawn to the “helping professions” often are very good that way. 🙂

  6. At work I used to keep “the love file” which was all the thankyou cards & letters that clients/parents/students/colleagues had written to say something nice over the years. VERY much appreciated on days where not everything went to plan, or there was a letter containing something not very nice! I like the idea of a wall of awesome as it’d always be in front of you, instead of hidden away in a file!

    • slptanya says:

      That’s a good idea. I wasn’t that smart and then lost them or they are scattered here and there 😦

      We have a Wall of Awesome at work and add to it regularly. It’s pretty fun! I wish the virtual wall could be more ‘in your face’ like the physical one!


  7. Susan says:

    I tried forever to get my son into a speech therapy that I found most desirable, and while they did the evaluation right away, it’s been 5 months will still our name on the waiting list. It seems like there is always time for evaluations, wherever we go, but not time for ongoing weekly appointments 😦

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