January 1, 2013 Departments

Inbox: January 2013

Proud to Pay

I am writing in response to the article regarding federal student loan changes (Nov. 20). After college graduation, I was faced with more than $40,000 in student loan debt. One of my proudest moments was paying off that student debt entirely 10 years later. I paid that loan off without any assistance from anyone else. It took a decade of sacrificing, budgeting and working two to three jobs at times—but I did it! 

It frustrates me to learn that once again, the taxpayer credit card will be used in situations like forgiving student loan debt. There are going to be some struggles in life and we cannot continue to throw a life preserver out to everyone. Accountability is a word that people need to know. In some situations, assistance is needed. We need to step back and decide in what situations we ask ourselves if we can work a little harder before turning to an automatic handout when there is a bump in the road.

Laura Belinger
Green Bay, Wis.

Think Outside Your Setting

As an SLP practicing in the schools for about 10 years, I always find it disheartening to receive reports from other SLPs working in hospitals or private practice that outline recommendations that don't consider the difference between clinical and school-based services.

I find it insulting and, frankly, disrespectful that these SLPs think their recommendations are more appropriate than mine. I would never tell these clinicians how to do their jobs. Why do they tell me how to do mine? I work with these students and families on a day-to-day basis, know their teachers, their other therapists, and their paraprofessionals, and I know how we all work as a team. I also know our school district's exit and entrance criteria. 

The clinicians from whom I receive reports do not, and typically make no attempt to do so. I urge clinicians in the hospital or private practice setting to do their due diligence when making these recommendations to parents, and find out what their school program looks like. Or, make your therapy recommendations relevant to your facility, not mine. We are all professionals in the same field, and should treat each other with the professional respect we all deserve.

Corrina Zimmer-Riggs
Boston, Mass.



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