Congratulations to Pamela Bloch, MS CCC-SLP who is celebrating 20 years with SPG as of July, 2020. Pamela has had a positive impact on the lives of many children while working closely with their families over the years. Thank you, Pamela, for all of your hard work and dedication. You have truly made a difference in the community!! We are so fortunate to have you as part of our SPG family!
Pamela, you have been with SPG for 20 years! What does SPG mean to you?
I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! SPG is where I have grown up. I have learned so much here, and have had the opportunity to work alongside a lot of fantastic therapists who have made me a better SLP. I am grateful to SPG for allowing me flexibility as my needs have changed over the years: chances to practice supervision, balancing time between clinic sites until I was ready to be closer to home full time, a family-friendlier schedule, sudden changes in hours as I stay at home with my son during quarantine. SPG is very comfortable to me by now in some ways, but since it is always changing it also keeps me on my toes.
Pamela, why did you decide to stay grounded in a clinic-based position for 20 years with SPG? What do you love about it?
I love how much I always learn from all the other therapists, and how in the smaller Berkeley clinic I’ve also had the chance to grow more independent. I have always felt lucky to be working directly with caregivers and to know that they don’t ever wonder what their child does in speech therapy because they are right there along for the ride each week.
Pamela, what is a fun client memory that puts a smile on your face every time you reflect on it?
My name is hard for most little ones to say. One cutie years ago used to call me “Miss Papaya” which I thought was just too adorable (and I did not attempt to correct!). I have a “Kids Say the Darndest Things” journal where I used to write down memorable quotes and those all still make me smile whenever I reread them.
Pamela, what has changed the most over the past 20 years as it relates to your work?
A lot! We didn’t have a Berkeley clinic when I first started and now I’m there full time (or at least I was before quarantine). I have learned by now that some of my best moments with clients come when I am “winging it.” And, hello- electronic medical records! That was a major change for me. Between that and COVID-19 plunking us all into the world of teletherapy, my tech savviness has increased so much over just the past year.
Pamela, do you have any advice for new SLPs entering the field?
Don’t put pressure on yourself to figure out each client right away. You don’t have to have all the answers, and you can’t do everything, but what you do know and what you can offer is still a lot.