Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Waiting for Jack

The fall color around town is spectacular right now. The weather has been what I think of as typical for California in October and November: bright, sunny days and chilly nights (36 degrees this am!) But here we are in the middle of September.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Things Strangers Say

Today, I went to the Pioneer Park Labor Day Celebration with friends.

I was in line waiting to order Souvlaki with my friend Rushell, who is nine months pregnant. We were inside a replica of a pioneer cabin, the building so small you couldn't turn around without accidentally being fresh with your neighbor. We had barely fit inside the door when a woman squeezed by. She was an older woman, with half her teeth missing and the other half decayed.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Snow Cometh

As ludicrous as it seems, I am looking forward to the first snowfall. It makes everything look so clean and lovely. It's more than just the beauty though that I'm anticipating. I can't wait for the lines of the parking lots to be covered so you can drive and park however you want! It's a sense of freedom I've never experienced. Disconcerting at first, but once you give into it, boy it feels good!

SLP Corner: No IEPs!

* Warning: this post is heavy on the SLP talk and jargon. Read on if you dare!

I think I may have found the perfect job: minimal direct therapy, lots of assessments and no IEPs! My new job is working for SERRC, a non-profit funded by grants and contracts. There are several divisions to SERRC, and I work for the part that contracts with school districts to provide their SPED needs.

Their needs may be speech, OT, PT or general SPED administrative support. Some districts need OT and PT but not speech. Or vice versa. Typically these are rural school districts that don't have enough of a caseload to warrant hiring a full-time or part-time therapist, so they contract with SERRC.