• The best part of moving? Making it our new home!

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    When we first started planning our clinic move, who would have ever figured it’d be in the midst of a record-setting heatwave so bad that the air conditioning at both the clinic we moved from and the clinic we moved into would be on the fritz? Thankfully, most of the actual moving was done early… (read more)

  • Is a Hot Dog a Sandwich? Hello Weighs In

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    We find ourselves living in what can only be described as trying times. The existential dread is palpable at even the most lighthearted occasions, and humanity is inundated with questions for which there are no easy answers.  Questions like, “Is a hot dog a sandwich?“ We here at Hello pride ourselves on facing challenges head-on,… (read more)

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Hello – 2021

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    The last year has seen a number of significant developments in the realm of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across the professions of speech-language pathology, school psychology, and occupational therapy. Prior to the uprising following George Floyd’s murder last May, one would have had to search to find DEI statements from the national organizations representing… (read more)

  • Clinic Move Timeline and Celebrating Change

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    We have always been party people. While we’ve gathered for modest masked clinic birthday celebrations, the party vibe has pretty much been put on hold for the past 18 months. That changed for the better this past Saturday. Christina, Sarah, Laura, Jenny, Lauren, and I gathered together with our schools friends from The Hello Foundation… (read more)

  • Interstate Licensing Compact: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going

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    Professional licensure is a bit of a pain to keep track of (and pay for!), but it is a necessary and appreciated protection for our field and for those who access our services. Traditionally each state has been able to set its own requirements for licensure, and SLPs have been required to meet requirements and… (read more)

  • Big Announcement: The Hello Clinic is Moving!

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    Do you remember field trips from pre-pandemic times? Christina, Laura, Lauren, Jenny, Sarah and I recently went on one! And where did we go? We visited our new clinic space at 4900 SW Griffith Drive in Beaverton! Yes, that’s right. We are moving to a new space this summer, and have been doing serious spring… (read more)

  • Stuttering: A Journey with Dr. Derek Daniels

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    Our final PD event this year was a game-changing evening with Dr. Derek Daniels from Wayne State University, who shared his expertise on Working with School-Age Children Who Stutter. Dr. Daniels emphasized a shift of focus for stuttering treatment, which approaches stuttering as a result of neurodiversity, not an abnormal brain. This was the first… (read more)

  • Staying Well on the Road to Normal

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    After what seems like a very long time of nothing changing, things are changing. Many schools have invited kids back for hybrid learning. We’ve opened our clinic doors a few days a week to resume a limited number of in-person visits. We are enjoying the outdoors again, with longer days, lots more sun, and plenty… (read more)

  • 10 Things Occupational Therapists Do (Free Printable for OT Month!)

    It’s April and that means it’s Occupational Therapy Month! Occupational therapists play a vital role in helping people of all ages live their fullest, best lives. To celebrate this special month and help spread the word about her profession, our resident Clinic OT, Christina, came up with this super cute shareable with her top 10… (read more)

  • An Afternoon of Drag Queen BINGO

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    At this point in the pandemic, Zoom meetings and virtual socializing have really lost their sparkle. What was a year ago novel and something we were all doing “just until we get through this,” has now become a way of life and we’re all to be forgiven if we’re just totally over it.  Such was the… (read more)