From the original growth of the speech pathology field in the 1920s until now, America now employs over 119,000 speech pathologists across the country.
While many of our first speech pathologists were focused on treating soldiers returning from the war in the 1920’s, now you will find speech pathologists primarily in schools, offices and hospitals.
In 2010, the United States dedicated May 18th as ‘National Speech Pathologist’ day, a day to recognize these incredible individuals.
The American Academy of Speech Correction was formed in 1926 as speech therapy approaches became more widespread. Speech pathologists are experts in communication. Their education and studies focus on speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing and helping individuals with speech and language disorders learn how to effectively communicate.
There are a number of things that make speech pathologists special, including their commitment to making a difference in people’s lives, their creativity, their dedication to continuous learning and their focus on educating and empowering others.
So, if you have a speech pathologist in your life, there is no better time than now – on National Speech Pathologist Day – to celebrate them and show your appreciation! Here are 3 ways to show them some love.
Make a Donation in their Honor
Most speech pathologists will tell you that they’ve committed their lives to the causes and individuals they work for. What better way to show your appreciation for them than by donating to the causes they care about, in their honor.
Encourage Self Care
If we know speech pathologists – and we do – we know that they can work themselves to the bone for their patients. This can often mean their own needs are pushed to the backburner, and there is little to no time left for self care! Remind them how important their own health & wellbeing is with a fun self-pampering gift like a gift card to their local spa or a fun at-home facial kit.
Notes of Appreciation
A few heartfelt words can go a long way in making someone feel appreciated. Send a thank you card, give them a call or post a special message and tag them on social. Use the below image in your post if you’d like!
If you still need more ideas, here is a list of 28 ideas curated by WebPT. Check them out to find the perfect gift for your loved one!