I’m thrilled to showcase our November spotlight, SLP - Amanda Hain. Amanda joined our school-based team this year but has years of experience with teletherapy. She brings this knowledge to our schools but goes above and beyond by always assisting other therapists and school staff and community. Amanda will work diligently if a school comes forward with a last minute evaluation need and connects with her districts in confirming those are done rapidly to get services implemented quickly. Let’s get to know Amanda better:
1.) What made you want to become a speech therapist?
I have always loved working with children and originally planned on majoring in education, but realized it wasn’t the right fit for me. I felt that I was able to reach each child better when working in small groups or individually. The opportunity to provide ABA therapy to children with autism in their homes during college made a lasting impression on me, and I discovered I really enjoyed working with that population.
Speech Language Pathology has given me the chance to merge my interest in the medical field with my creative side by incorporating research and creativity into my therapy sessions every day! Plus, I’m a spelling and grammar nerd.
2.) What made you want to join the DotCom Therapy team?
I had been providing services via telepractice as an independent contractor for the past couple years. I have enjoyed this setting but really liked the idea of being part of a team with DotCom Therapy. Working from home can make you feel isolated, but I have never felt that way since joining the DotCom team.
The amount of support and encouragement I receive from the rest of the DotCom Therapy team makes all the difference! The teletherapists ask questions, share ideas, and encourage each other every day. They care about all aspects of your life, not just work, and it really feels like a family. I know I can always contact the executive team, and they reach out to us just to check in. I truly feel appreciated, respected, and cared for as a person, not just an employee. I also appreciate the fact that DotCom was founded by SLPs, so they understand the struggles as well as the joys that we experience.
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3.) What has been your favorite thing about teletherapy?
I find it amazing that I can provide a needed service to schools and students all over the country from home! Providing services via teletherapy also allows me to focus solely on my students when I’m working. Since extra staff meetings and the commute to work and between schools (especially during Midwest winters!) has been eliminated, I have the time to call parents or create materials and plan for upcoming sessions. I believe this schedule also allows me to take better care of myself, which in turn makes me a better therapist for my students.
Another special thing about teletherapy is that I can incorporate unique aspects into my sessions that can only be done in the home setting, which is often more functional than a therapy room. Some of my students attend virtual schools or are homeschooled, so it’s fun to include other family members and even pets!
4.) Fill in the blank. When I’m not working, you’ll most likely find me…
Now that I’ve discovered the ease and convenience of this setting, it seems like I do so many things virtually (doctor appointments, my Bible study group, grocery shopping, etc.)! However, when I’m not on my computer, you can find me reading a book with a cup of tea, cooking, going for a walk while listening to a podcast, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, attending the theater for plays and musicals, or taking my nephews to the library (of course I’m going to promote literacy, I’m an SLP!).
Thank you, Amanda, for being a member of our family!