Interview with Kayla
Tell us about yourself
I am originally from New Hampshire however after moving to Arizona for grad school, I don’t think I’ll ever leave! I enjoy spending time with my dog, watching TV, and shopping. I also love being a feeding therapist and look forward to furthering my career in this realm.
Why did you become a Speech-Language Pathologist?
I became a SLP because my main goal in life is to help others. When I was researching possible careers, I was drawn to how diverse our field is. We can work on a multitude of topics with clients from birth to geriatrics. Deep down, I always knew I was meant to work with children and it’s a great feeling to say “I love my job!” every single day.
Why do you think your coworkers nominated you for being Inclusive?
I think they nominated me because I make a conscious effort to collaborate with other disciplines. It is very important when working with children to include tips and tricks from other therapies to allow for the best possible care. Outside of work, I always try to include others and make sure no one is left out.
What do you love most about working with TEAM 4 Kids?
I love how our name really encompasses how we work…in a TEAM! Every day I am able to bounce ideas off of my coworkers and learn something new.
If you had one wish, what would it be?
I wish everyone could be fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) to make our world a more inclusive place!
Nominations for Kayla:
“Kayla is very approachable to talk to. She always says hi to everyone and includes everyone in conversations. Kayla is very inclusive and I love working with her.”
“Kayla is very inclusive and respectful towards others. She values the input she may get and She is constantly going above and beyond to encourage and support others. Kayla is very optimistic and is accepting towards all disciplines.”
“Kayla is such a respectful and bright individual. She is always integrating new ideas in her therapy sessions with her kiddos and she goes out of her way to make sure everyone gets a hello in the hallway!”
“Kayla is always working to collaborate with therapists outside of her department. She doesn’t hesitate to ask for support or clarification from a therapist in another department if she has a question about something she’s experiencing in her sessions and is always willing to answer any questions others might have of her.”
“Kayla treats everybody equally, regardless of ability level. She makes sure that everyone is included and gives a warm smile in the hallways! When speaking with parents, she explains in simple terms so it is easy to understand and makes a point to ask how they feel treatment is going. Kayla is very respectful and shows her support for others!”
“Kayla is warm and welcoming not only to her clients and parents but all those around her, She always goes the extra mile to help those around her. It’s always a good day working with Kayla.”