I’m a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) in California. I work a school setting with children who have moderate-severe disabilities. A friend encouraged me to start this blog. She told me to just start writing and click “Publish,” which is good because if this had to be perfect I wouldn’t even be getting started.
Tada! I started it!
I love tech and figuring out how to use apps in novel and engaging ways with my students. I’m a continuing education fanatic and go to ASHA every chance I get. Parent/staff education is one of the most rewarding parts of my job, and I hope I can do some of that here!
As a group, SLPs are known (to ourselves, anyway) for being very type A. That is, we are polished, prompt, organized, perfectionistic, and driven. Those of us who don’t have the color-coordinated polka-dotted organization of our peers sometimes felt like outsiders.
I started a Facebook group for these outsider/type B SLPs. I eventually had to close it to new members because I was getting ten membership requests an hour (seriously!). That’s when I realized that a lot of us feel this way. We were so happy to have found each other that we developed a shorthand for referring to ourselves. Type B SLPs evolved to SLBs and SLB peeps and SLbeeps eventually.
But what about evidence on A/B typing?
(There is none. )
In anticipation of some concern, yes, I’m aware that the A/B distinction is not solid science, or even loosely science. Cardiologists in the 1950s developed a theory about who was more likely to have heart attacks. They called these highly strung people type A. Anyone else was a Type B
Per Wikipedia (so take that with a grain of salt) scientists have discredited the A/B as having anything to do with cardiovascular health, with the exception of a subset of Type A people who have a lot of hostility.
In short, A/B typing has all the scientific import of your Hogwarts House. Like Hogwarts Houses, it can be a useful shorthand to express how we see ourselves. In the vernacular, Type B means something more specific, a looser, calmer, more go-with-the-flow personality. Those are the perspectives that I (and, I hope, in guest posts, some of the beeps) want to bring to you with this blog.
Wait, So You Don’t Like Evidence?
I love evidence! I work hard on staying up to date. Sometimes (often) I like pop psychology. I think knowing myself better makes me a better SLP. Am I using pop psych on my students and sorting them into these categories? No. I am not.
- My priorities with evidence are as follows:
- First: do no harm (There is a considerable difference, in my mind, between interventions that are proven to be actively harmful and those that are proven to be ineffective.)
- Second: waste no time.
- Third: don’t overlook cultural competency, especially when it comes to dialect.
- Fourth: don’t forget to have fun!
Following Evidence-Based practice helps me feel good about doing the first three so that I don’t miss out on the fun!