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November Spotlight: Kathy Turpin, M.S. CCC-SLP

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One of the best things about my job is receiving feedback from our schools and clients.  Our Director of School Services, Casey Hall, is constantly calling me to tell me some great feedback she received from a school about one of our therapists.  Our November Spotlight, Kathy Turpin, M.S. CCC-SLP, was one of our therapists who has received some really great compliments from her school for her dedication to her job and the services she’s providing. She’s also been providing literacy intervention to our private populations. I wanted to take this opportunity to let everyone know a little more about Kathy!

1.)   What made you want to become a speech therapist?

My son, Elijah, had a speech sound disorder when he was little.  At the age of 3, I was trying to convince his doctor that something wasn’t right.  Elijah was frustrated with his inability to be understood.  He was getting angry and throwing fits.  I will never forget the day that he threw himself on the floor and hit his head repeatedly.  His frustration at not being able to communicate effectively was heartbreaking.  Elijah’s doctor at the time told me that he was just being a boy and that everything was fine. I didn’t agree, so I sought a second opinion.  His new pediatrician immediately referred us to an SLP in an outpatient clinic.

I had always intended on going back to school to pursue a teaching degree.  Out of my desire to help Elijah progress with therapy and to make a difference in other children’s lives, I started back to school with a new purpose. I returned to school when Elijah was 4 and began to pursue my degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Elijah graduated from speech therapy at the beginning of his 2nd grade year.  He is a very smart and articulate young man.  I appreciate the wonderful SLPs who supported us and inspired me along the journey.

2.)   What made you want to join the DotCom Therapy team?

Well, first of all, I have known Elise Mitchell, Therapy Director for DCT since our days in college.  Go Bears! Elise and the co-founders of DCT, Emily and Rachel, are top quality therapists and individuals. Their passion for making therapy accessible to everyone everywhere is truly the heartbeat of the company.  A few of many drawing points for DotCom Therapy are the flexibility in scheduling, increased time at home with my family, and the fact that the administrative team encourages their therapists to pursue specific areas of interest.   

Throughout my career I have primarily worked in the school setting, and over the past couple of years have developed a growing interest in literacy disorders.  When I mentioned that I would like to learn more about literacy based therapy, the administrative team strongly encouraged me to do so.  The SLP skill set is uniquely suited to helping students by providing specific phonemic, phonological, semantic, and morphological instruction.   Working for DCT has enabled me to continue to work with students in a school setting, as well as pursue my interests in helping children with literacy disorders.

3.)   What has been your favorite thing about teletherapy?

My favorite thing about teletherapy is how efficient it is.  Group sizes are smaller and thus treatment more individualized.  When I worked onsite I often felt that I spent more time searching for students, helping with duties, trying to juggle the various needs of large groups, etc., than time in direct treatment.

4.) Fill in the blank.  When I’m not working...you’ll most likely find me spending time with my husband and three children (Makenzie 13, Elijah 12, and Ethan 8).  The children and I do a lot of impromptu singing around the house. When I have a few minutes to myself, which is not very often, I love to read and watch sappy Hallmark movies.

As Kathy mentioned, we have known each other for quite a while now.  She is a remarkable person and therapist.  We are so excited to watch you reach for the stars with DotCom Therapy, Kathy, and thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to learn more about you!

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