My name is Shaela Hepworth from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and I have been an SLPA since 2019, when I obtained my SLPA certificate through Northern Arizona University. I love my work in speech-language pathology and working with kids. There is never a dull moment! I am currently obtaining my SLP Masters's degree through Emerson College in Boston and will be graduating in 2023.
You can find me studying, reading, homesteading, homeschooling, and cooking when I am not running a busy household.
Although there may be some reservations about getting support, providers are there to help with every step of the process. Therapists can create an individualized plan to help you attain goals. You are the focus of what we do, and we will help you achieve more than you thought possible. It isn't always easy, but it is worth it.
My career has taken me in many different directions with kids of varying abilities. I am happy to help children see that they can succeed even if they struggle. I struggled with handwriting, math, and reading and got extra help from people who cared. This experience has made me want to help other children with learning differences.
It is natural to be anxious, and we understand. Many people struggle with learning challenges (myself included). That doesn't mean that you are dumb or can't do it; it means you haven't been taught how you learn. With motivation and help, we can do this together.
Talk to someone who cares. We'll listen to what's going on with your child, discuss their needs, answer your questions, and start to develop a plan for growth.