Introducing Lauren Robinson, speech language pathologist
Parenting is not easy. We are here to help and to introduce your family to the compassionate therapists we work with. We’re excited to introduce you to Lauren Robinson, one of the wonderful speech language pathologists working with Children’s Support Solutions.
Tell us a little bit about where you grew up and what you were like as a child.
I grew up in a small town in South-Western Ontario with my parents and a younger sister. As a child I was a real book worm, played a lot outside with my neighbours, and spent a lot of time singing along to musicals on long drives-necessary when you live an hour and a half from any city!
Describe what how your work serves parents and families? How long you have been doing it?
Even though my official client is the child, I see the client as the whole family unit. The ability to use language and communicate impacts the whole family. I create my speech and language goals based not only on the child’s needs, but also on what the family needs and feels is important for their child and their family. This was stressed in my graduate school work at at Emerson College by my mentors and has stayed with me since my graduation in 2012.
One word that best describes how you work?
Only one? That’s hard for me since the scope of practice for a speech-language pathologist is so vast. I’d have to go with creative – A few years ago I spent 25 minutes addressing all 5 of my goals with pieces of tape, the only item the child was interested in! Activities that worked so well the week before will suddenly be the last thing the child wants to do and you need to be able to think on your toes, adapt and be creative.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about what you do and the work you do?
The biggest lesson I’ve had to learn in my career is how to view my success as a therapist. As a younger clinician, I viewed a session only successful if the child did EXACTLY what I wanted them to do in that session. I now view the ability to adapt, support the child and their family and find support from others and other professionals when needed. At Children’s Support Solutions I’m surrounded by extremely talented therapists who are great resources for me when I don’t have the answer myself.
What keeps you interested in doing what you do?
The nature of my profession keeps me interested – every client has different strengths and challenges, and are individual, adorable puzzles I need to figure out how best to support their development. Currently my youngest client is two and my oldest is sixteen, and no two clients on my caseload have the same goals.
What parenting resource/product do you wish you had invented?
I don’t work with a lot of children under two, but I wish I had invented the Sophie giraffe because I’ve never seen a baby without one!
Share the title of a favourite parenting book. Why do you love it?
As someone who is not yet a parent, I can’t say I’ve read many parenting books! Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk is a great resource to support parents in how to communicate and encourage language with their children.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Anything can be used to target speech and language goals – It doesn’t have to be fancy, it could be a paint, a bucket of oranges, a piece of tape… All are opportunities to use and promote language.
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