My journey in the field of speech-language pathology has been a learning experience. I began treating adults in a nursing home for approximately 5 years then went to work at a local hospital. I also experienced the home health field which was very interesting and a little scary at times due to some locations I had to go to. During the time I worked at the hospital, I also began working at their outpatient clinic. This was my first experience in an outpatient setting working with children. I loved it. I always thought I would work in a medical setting with adults. Life changes. Sometimes things are being worked out before we even know what is really going on.
Things evolved. I began my own business in an outpatient clinic owned by someone else. This led to where I am today. Nine years later I am still working with amazing children, parents and employees/independent contractors.
We never know what God has in store for us. I give Him credit for allowing me to be where I am today.
I have seen children, who have been told they will never walk, talk, eat, etc., surpass even the doctor's expectations. I love helping and I hope to make a difference in the lives of the children I work with as well as the parents. I hope parents/caregivers realize that it is more than just a job for me. I am always thrilled at the first word, step, bite, smile, eye contact, and intentional interaction that I see. It never gets old.
I do have days that are frustrating; a feeling that I'm not sure what to do next. I may wonder why this child isn't responding like I think they should, or I might be having a day that I don't quite have as much energy as they do; however, I do know that I will never give up trying.
I respect all parents that have children that may need our services. I can imagine that it can be very scary to not know how a child will develop. I'm sure these parents ask themselves these questions: Will my child be normal? Will I ever get any sleep? Will other children make fun and tease my child when they go to school? Will my child be able to function in this world? I even know parents that might say, "Will my child live?"
I can't answer these questions, but I do know that I will try my best (as well as everyone that works at Kidz Zone) to help these children reach their full potential and be a support for the parent.
I do what I do because I feel that I can make a difference. I feel that I can make a difference because I truly care. God has given me this mission (as well as a few others) and I want to do my best and give it my all. I'm thankful for where I am.
Lisa Marshall, MS, CCC-SLP