Executive Function Journal and Research: I had signed up to go see Phyllis speak with Treffert in Fond du Lac, WI at the end of the month, but I emailed Phyllis and she said she felt I am probably more advanced already regarding Hyperlexia than most of the folks at the event. Since I have allocated those funds for training, I do feel that I would like to use them to build my Executive Function specialty further. I researched the internet and found some consistent names of speech pathologists who specialize in EF, and I would like to build a repertoire of certificates from their professional developments. One team I have found over and over is Sarah Ward and Kristen Jacobsen in Massachusetts. They have a day long training on April 7th that I would love to attend, but I would have to get a flight and likely a rental car to get there, and come back that night to work the next day. I would also have to cancel therapy sessions with clients that morning. I think developing my professional skills is vital to providing for my clients, so I will be weighing my options today.
Stay tuned and I will summarize and provide tips from what I learn!
Insurance Updates: Still Waiting... Quick update for prospective and waiting client requests Unfortunately, I am still waiting on something from BCBSIL. I can't figure out what is wrong, or if they are even working on my application, but I have heard that changes in their systems occurred this November and there are others in various locations around Illinois that are struggling to have their applications reviewed as well.
At least it isn't just ITx- but stay tuned and hang in there with me while I get it all settled. Gosh, I hope it can't be much longer now- I already am an approved provider for other locations, so I am sure it won't be a problem! Thank you for your interest and your patience!
Business Updates: I have been working a lot this year- 2018 is full of nearly too much work, which is a great problem! I have made some wonderful connections with clients who I am VERY excited to continue working with this Spring. I have been crammed busy with the following (not including many boring things, not interesting enough to write about!):
1. I am now certified in MBS-Imp (Modified Barium Swallow- Impairment) which is a standardized assessment and reporting protocol developed by Bonnie Martin Harris. The idea is to streamline a numeric system and eliminate some of the subjectivity of reporting with x-ray swallow evaluations. The personal calibration and training was grueling but I do feel I learned a lot about the way everyone looks at these video-swallows.
2. I had jury duty! Nothing happened and I wasn't even called into a courtroom, but I managed that event as a business owner.
3. Imagination Therapy LLC (aka, me!) is covering a maternity leave in a south-west district outside of Chicago. I am currently reflecting on different school experiences I have had, and how much I like working to help kids understand learning. I would love to be able to take one job like this (maternity coverage) a year to maintain my involvement in schools, I think.
4. I am still working with Lakeview Speech and Language Clinic and Solutions for Student Success as well as for Northwestern Medicine.
5. I have been working on my logo! I am getting some help from my good friend's sister- but I will need something a little better than the one I have been using to participate in the Health and Wellness Fair in Oak Park! Come visit me April 29th at the YMCA in Oak Park!
6. I am going to take a break April 11-24th, and I may be out of touch for that time. I will be back and busy starting at the end of April, though! Thanks for your support in taking vacation time! Self care is vital to quality business practices!