I have been working as a clinically certified Speech-Language Pathologist for over five years now. For the two years prior to that, I was earning my Master’s degree in Communication Disorders. I think I’m good at my job. The families I work with and my supervisors tell me I’m good at my job. I do pediatric home health care, and I generally see very quick progress with all my patients.
With my own kids however….My daughter is 16 months old and pretty much only says “Hi”, “Mommy”, and some variation of “Dada.” My three year old son talks ALL the time and has a large vocabulary and age-appropriate grammar skills….the problem is that the untrained ear (anyone not in our family) can only understand about 25% of what he says.
It reminds me of the saying “The barber’s kid always needs a haircut.” I have great success with other people’s kids, but with my own…not so much.
It’s keeping me humble. Any day now I expect someone to hear Dylan talk and say, “I’ve heard of a wonderful Speech Pathologist in this area that could probably help you with his speech!” The problem is, I thought I was the wonderful Speech Pathologist in this area! [Sigh.]