Danielle Reed, an alumnus of the undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology programs at Missouri State University, has a heart for helping others. An internship in high school introduced her to a speech-language pathologist who assisted a young woman living with cerebral palsy. Watching how the augmented communication device allowed the student to communicate inspired Reed to pursue a career in speech-language pathology where she now works as a registered SLP for an elementary school outside Kansas City.
“In the elementary school setting, I provide speech and language therapy to students with a wide range of communication difficulties,” says Reed. “My early intervention and private therapy clients also receive speech, language, swallowing and assistive technology therapies, dependent upon their needs.”
Working with patients who have communication or swallowing issues encourages Reed because she sees the daily progress. Additionally, working in the field of communication sciences and disorders, Reed helps individuals with some of the most important facets of life, like communication, feeding, hearing and cognition.
“We rely heavily on cognition and communication to be successful in our education, work, relationships and daily life,” says Reed. “If a person has difficulty communicating, their quality of life can be negatively impacted. “
Reed also found she has a passion for creating and sharing materials and resources. Through blogging and social media, Reed shares valuable information with speech-language pathologists and parents of children with language and speech difficulties.
“Sharing and creating materials for my students and sharing with others has inspired me to work to make therapy an enjoyable experience for both clinicians and those that we work with,” says Reed. “My work in this area of blogging and social media has also afforded me the opportunity to network with speech-language pathologists across the nation and world to provide the best therapy possible.”
Reed has learned that through the power of social media she can reach a different audience and help even more people.
“I never thought that I would be one to blog and, until recently, did not realize the power of sharing information through that medium,” said Reed. “However, it has allowed me to be creative, make therapy fun and effective for my students, and help other SLPs to do the same.”