PediaPlex friends and families, we’d like to introduce you to the wonderful Harriet! Harriet is a Speech-Language Pathologist with us. She joined our Southlake team in January 2020 and has since transitioned to our new Frisco location!
Harriet has such a fun story and we can’t wait to share it with you! She was born in England and moved to Arlington, Texas when she was 10 years old. Harriet went to Dallas Baptist University where she received her bachelor’s in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice and Music. Harriet was originally a vocal performance major and was heavily involved in plays, operas, and musicals!
After Harriet completed her bachelor’s, she went to Long Island University where she got her master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then went and did her clinical fellowship in Austin. Harriet is now back in Dallas with her husband where they just recently bought their first home (congrats!!). Harriet loves to cook new recipes, garden, and cycle around Dallas with her husband.
Life as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
When Harriet first started college she was thinking about becoming a music therapist so that she could combine her love of music with her passion for helping others. After observing a speech therapy session for a student with autism in her final year of undergrad she knew it was what she was supposed to do! Harriet chose to work at PediaPlex because she really wanted to work in an environment that embodied the multi-disciplinary approach.
“I love being able to learn from other professionals to not only help the children I work with, but to also become a better more well-rounded therapist. We all have skills that we can share with one another that benefit our little friends. Many days, I wouldn’t be able to do my job as successfully if I didn’t incorporate sensory-related activities and behavioral management strategies.”
Harriet’s favorite part about PediaPlex is being able to work alongside other like-minded professionals. “If you love the folks you work with, it provides plenty of opportunities for friendships, team support, and laughs.”
What is an SLP?
An SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist that works with children on articulation, language, functional communication, social skills, and feeding disorders. Harriet’s days consist of a lot of playing with animals, PlayDoh, cars/trains, bubbles, Mr. Potato Head, sensory toys, books, and board games! For new clients at PediaPlex we perform an initial evaluation to determine their speech therapy needs. Harriet, as well as our other pediatric speech therapists, will then develop a plan of care based off that child’s needs. During their time at PediaPlex we will update their plan of care as they successfully meet their goals until they officially “graduate” once they’ve met all their goals!
As Harriet mentioned, she is able to work with a multi-disciplinary team here at PediaPlex. Our locations in Fort Worth, Frisco, and Southlake offer ABA therapy, occupational therapy, and feeding therapy, in addition to speech therapy. This collaborative approach to pediatric therapy offers families the best possible care because all of their child’s services are in one location. This is not only a great way for our therapists to stay connected about a plan of care, but also more convenient for parents.
If you think your child might benefit from early intervention with pediatric speech therapy, check out our recent blog!
-The PediaPlex Family