The holiday season is well underway! How, where, and with whom you celebrate may look a bit different this year given that we are still in the middle of a pandemic. Taking the time to plan ahead and organize yourself, your space, and time can help with managing the holidays and keeping yourself in the present moment.
Um, I am a bit confused - You are a speech-language pathologist, right? So why are you talking about organization and planning?
Speech-language pathologists address many different skill sets - verbal expression, comprehension, voice, production of speech (just to name a few). But we also help individuals who struggle with aspects of cognition - decision-making, attention, memory, problem-solving, organization, and planning. These are skills that you use on a daily basis to complete tasks at work, have a conversation with family, drive, or to finish household routines. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise to know that cognitive skills are also very much needed during the holidays. Considering that all of us now need to keep the health and safety of our loved ones at the forefront of our minds now more than ever, cognition is going to be key to making thorough plans. And planning ahead equals reduced stress - which we can ALL benefit from right now.
I guess that makes sense. What can I do to prepare for the holidays with friends and family?
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Devon Brunson, MS, CCC-SLP
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