My name is Bridget Giraldo, M.S., CCC-SLP and I am a licensed, ASHA certified, speech language pathologist who has been practicing since 2006. Currently, I work public schools and also see children and adults privately. I love my field and I am passionate about offering my knowledge and expertise to help others improve their communication skills and quality of life.
When I am not being a speech language pathologist, I’m a wife to a wonderful and supportive husband, Juan, and a mother to an adorable and energetic son, Lucas, who just turned one year old! You will find me playing with my son, spending time with my family and friends, and when schedules allow, mountain biking!
During my husband’s PhD and postdoc, our family moved around quite a bit. Luckily, we are happily resettled back home in the Chicago area. One of the positive sides of moving has been the variety of jobs I had the pleasure of accepting. I worked in acute care, inpatient rehab, sub-acute care, outpatient rehab, private practice, and private and public schools. One common theme that was prevalent across settings and ages was... if family was not included and supportive in the evaluation and treatment process, significant progress was hardly ever made. Real change cannot happen in 30 minutes per week even if therapy continues for years. This rings true for almost all areas of life. We can’t diet for 30 minutes per week and expect to lose weight!
Thus, my professional philosophy is to involve and empower parents and caregivers in every step of the process. You are the ones that make the real difference and it can be easy and fun! Being a mother has given me a new perspective on time management. I have only one child and already struggle to find time to clean, cook, play with my son, shop, and all those other necessary daily activities.
So, I want to give parents ideas on how to incorporate speech and language activities into daily life and share ideas on new topics and products. I hope to attract speech language pathologists as well to create discussions on new research and therapy techniques.
1. Playing Outside: I LOVE being outdoors and I'm quite lucky that all my boys loving being outside as well. A lot of my suggestions will involve walks and playing in a park because that is about all we do :)
2. Exploring New Things: Life is too short not to explore the world. With two little ones, we don't venture too far from home, but we are quite the local explorers. When we slow down, we can very exciting things right in our backyard.
3. Keeping My Schedule Light: I am ALWAYS late no matter how hard I try. I read somewhere that being late means you are an optimist. I am going to go with that one instead of thinking I am selfish or not such a great planner. In reality, I am an optimist and want to make the most out of every second I have. I don't really see the point in being early and waiting around, hence I am ALWAYS late. To reduce the stress of needing to be somewhere on time, we keep our schedule light. More time for spontaneity!
4. Throwing Things Away: I strongly dislike clutter. I more than enjoy cleaning out things, tossing garbage and donating. I keep my children's toys light and just rotate. I believe no one can be happy, calm and create in clutter. If you want help cleaning out clutter, I would gladly help. It would be my best day!
5. Clean House: I love a clean house, yet me house is always dirty. It is free of clutter but finding crumbs on the counter or smudges on fridge is guaranteed. When my little boys arrived on the scene, I had to make peace with the fact that my house will never be clean. I keep thinking, one day, my house will be clean again and I will be missing the days of fingerprints on the windows. Time to enjoy the mess and have fun with my boys!
1. Crafts: I DO NOT enjoy doing, creating, and/or designing crafts. They take too much time and they NEVER come out quite right! My energetic boys and I just end up making a mess and everyone is cranky by the end. I don't have the patience, creativity, or time to be doing crafts. Therefore, I promise you won't find many craft ideas here!
2. Toddler Classes: Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with classes. If you like to bring your toddler to a class, go for it! However, I don't believe they are necessary or will improve a child's speech/language/cognitive development. Since they are quite expensive and you have to keep a schedule, they just don't work with this family. We have enough trouble getting out the door during a work day, they we don't like to be too over scheduled during a free day. It takes away from our free play and exploring the world.
3. Messy Playroom: Don't get me wrong, I want my boys to have fun and play and not worry about creating a mess. However, too much disorganization and just toys everywhere, doesn't create a space where my boys can really play (i.e. learn). We have an organized disaster in our playroom :)
4. Grammar: Grammar and I don't get along. I make many, many typos and no matter how hard I try to find them, I just don't see them! I have tried EVERYTHING but I have come to terms that I am HORRIBLE with grammar when I type. Please forgive any typos you see! I seriously tried!!
5. Making a Decision: Anyone who knows me knows this to be true. I have the HARDEST time making a decision. Something as easy as picking out an ice cream flavor is next to impossible, let alone, choosing a career and place of work. I like everything and don't want to be missing out. That is why I LOVE being a speech therapist. I am able to work with many different types of people, work in many different settings, and have flexibility with my work day all while helping others. Pretty awesome!
I graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor’s in Speech and Hearing Science and a Minor in Spanish. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Master’s in Communicative Disorders. I have extensive experience working with children and adults with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, language learning disorders, feeding disorders, apraxia, aphasia, oral motor disorders, dysphagia, childhood apraxia of speech, voice disorders, fluency disorders, and accent modification.
Thank you for visiting. Enjoy!