I am so excited to introduce you to this weeks “Meet Your Maker”- Jennifer Bradley. She is the maker of Speech Therapy Fun blog and TPT products. I am going to call her the queen of busy hands! She has the greatest products to keep the kids engaged, while working on those goals. She has a great newsletter that she sends to subscribers that include lots of freebies! “Fun” is in her title for a reason. Thanks for coming to Meet this Maker…
- What made you get into this profession? When I was a kid, I was in speech therapy for my /r/ sounds. I absolutely loved my speech therapist and going to therapy. That is when I decided that I wanted to become an SLP.
- What school did you go to? Michigan State University for undergrad and Wayne State University for grad school.
- Are you a parent? I am a parent of two little ones, ages 4 and 1, and have one on the way (due December, 2016)!
- Advice to working moms/dads on how to balance work and home. It is extremely hard to balance both, but I have been very lucky to have found part time work. Part of the reason that I went into this field was because of the flexibility. I was lucky to find a wonderful, local contract company that works with my schedule. As for advice, I would definitely say to make a list of the most important things in your life and decide what you have time for or don’t have time for. For me, being home with my kids part time was very important to me, so I found a position that would accommodate that.
- Dog, cat, or other? Not yet! We want a dog, but are planning on getting used to three kids first!
- One mistake (or more) you made as a newbie speechie. Thinking that I needed to be an expert in everything! As a speech therapist, we are expected to know so much! When I first started, I was so scared that I didn’t know enough about every single disorder, diagnosis, therapy technique, etc. This thought made me extremely stressed out! However, through time I have learned that we need to be an expert in a few areas and continue to educate ourselves in other areas. Continuing education has relieved a lot of stress!
- One tip on collaborating with other professionals or parents. Communication is key! I have found that lack of communication or miscommunication is usually the root of most issues between professionals and/or parents. Keeping the lines of communication open between all parties is essential in our profession!
- One goal (professional or personal). My goal as an SLP has always been to put the ‘fun’ in speech therapy! I believe that creating a safe and FUN environment is essential for our students.
- Product you are most proud of. Probably my Articulation Homework Flip Books. For SLPs, they are an easy way to send home homework for the entire year. For parents, they explain every level of sound production and help parents help their children.
- Why you decided to be an entrepreneur and make the products that you do. I have worked in low income districts for a long time. I never had a budget to spend or materials that would be useful for my students. So, I have always made my own products to use in my own therapy. Honestly, creating therapy materials is one of my favorite parts of the job! When I found TPT, I wanted to share my creativity with SLPs and students around the world. Hopefully, I am inspiring fun in other therapy rooms!
- Please give a snippet of the products/services that you produce. I create articulation, language and social skills games, activities, no prep and no print materials that help you and your students have fun in therapy.
My personal recommendations…
No Prep Articulation Word Searches are a great articulation activity for older students who still need work on their sounds! Also use for some no prep articulation homework!
Thank you Jennifer Bradley for all you do to contribute to our profession and to the world!!!! You truly MAKE it a better place.
Please join us every week to meet a new Maker. Thank you and bless you.
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