Reflections – That’s Another Wrap
As I recently wrapped up a busy day in the practice, I took a moment before walking out and locking up to sit on the bench in the waiting room to reflect on 2013, my 3rd year since purchasing the practice. I took a deep cleansing breath reflecting on it all. I just looked around. The office was quiet as I was the last one there. The sun was going down. It is not often the office is quiet and still.
What a year it has been for Susan Cohn and Associates! To wrap up this year seems like a daunting task, but it brings me joy, calm, and gratitude to share.
- In January 2013, we announced the nonprofit local organization we would support for the year. We chose Encompass For every” like” we received on our Facebook Business Page and new referral we received in 2013, we donated $1 to Encompass’ Bridge Fund. This fund helps bridge the gap for low-income families in need so they can buy essentials (e.g., car seats, diapers, food, etc.). We are proud to know that all the money we donated helped meet even the smallest of simple daily needs for children and families in our local community.
- In April we collected gently read magazines so that we could donate them to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s various waiting rooms so that parents and loved ones could read and pass some time as they waited. We did this in memory of Gavin Leong, a 5-year old little boy with special needs from Pennsylvania who suddenly passed away. We were really touched by his story and his parent’s wishes to honor their son by spreading kindness. We want to give a special ‘thank you’ to Acacia Hair Salon for helping with our efforts to collect as many magazines as we could in one month.
- May is Better Hearing and Speech Month so to reach out to our local community and help educate others about our field of expertise, we began offering free screens in May 2013. We were going to do this only for the month of May, but realized there is such a need that we have made free screenings ongoing. We do this also to assist the American Speech and Hearing Association’s “Identify the Signs” campaign.
- Also in May, we were nominated by local families for the Macaroni Kid – Snoqulamie Valley Family Choice Awards!! We did not win in the category we were nominated for, but we were honored so many voted for us!!!
- In August we moved ALL billing in-house – YAHOO!!!
- This fall was so busy continuing our sponsorship of Encompass, but we added yet another community event to sponsor. My children attend Snoqualmie Elementary School so our practice joined the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and also sponsored the PTSA’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Walk-A-Thon. We became an official sponsor for the 2013/2014 school year as well as donated $336 towards the fundraiser.
- On October 9th, I hosted the practice’s annual Team Building event. This year it was a day together (no work talk allowed) at InSpa followed with dinner at Flat Iron Grill in Issaquah. I always do this in the fall (my favorite time of the year and during the calm before the holiday mayhem storm). So fun having everyone get some pampering. I sure hope they know I appreciate them SO much!!
- On October 16th, we started the renovation of our space!!!! Suite #108 is COMPLETELY new down to every piece of furniture and fixture. I am grateful for Ashley Weiss of Ashley Weiss Designs and Brian Neuenschwander of NeuLeaf Remodel for their expertise, time, and commitment to this project. I am also so very grateful for the families and therapists for their flexibility. Change is NEVER easy but one of my favorite quotes that hangs on my home refrigerator is “Without deviation from the norm, progress can’t be made.” ~ Frank Zappa
- In November, I attended the annual American Speech-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention for the 3rd year in a row.
- Also in November, we earned YELP’s “5 star badge” rating!!
- In December there was nothing stopping us… we donated a month of 1:1 50-minute speech-language therapy sessions to the SES PTSA‘s annual Winter Bazaar ($580 value).
- Also in December, we collected and donated items for the local nonprofit organization “Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children.” All of the items were placed in stockings that were then hand-delivered by volunteers to homeless children around the Puget Sound area.
- On December 21st, I hosted a baby shower for Courtney Martin with the wonderful planning help of Amy Smith! Such an exciting time for Courtney and her husband to welcome their 1st child who is due end of January. Courtney is out on maternity leave indefinitely as she navigates the road of Motherhood. She may cover vacations and such in 2014, but it is my hope she is enjoying this time prior to the baby’s birth to enjoy the time with her husband and after giving birth she enjoys every snuggle, gurgle, and coo. She knows she is ALWAYS welcome to come back if/whenever she is ready!!
What lies ahead for 2014…
- We will continue our free speech-language screenings(Make An Appointment)!!
- We will be hosting an Open House at the beginning of February for the community to come see our renovated space as well as meet each of us therapists (exact date TBD)!!
- We will announce our 2014 adopted local charitable organization… (already chosen, but stay tuned)!!
- Introducing Social Groups!!
- We will start a series of video blogs!!
- We will continue our collaboration with the pediatric PT (Northwest Pediatric Therapies), OT (Eastside Children’s Therapy), Autism Specialists (Lodestar Development), and fellow SLP Nancy Lestz of Pediatric Speech-Language Associates. Not sure you know, but although separate practices, we are all on the 1st floor of 7th and Juniper and collaborate so that parents can obtain PT, OT, SLP (and if needed Autism support) all under one roof!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- I will be submitting my paper along with another SLP Melissa Gillmer MS, CCC-SLP with hopes to present at the 2014 ASHA convention in Orlando together.
- Go Seahawks!!
- Go Packers!! (I was born and raised in Wisconsin)
Happy New Year ~ Amy