I'm in beautiful Ketchikan and loving it (though I do miss my husband and pup)! I've been to school twice now and met all the kiddos I'll work with next week. I'm working with a great speech therapy paraprofessional. We'll work with kids on articulation (speech sounds), expressive language (formulating communication), receptive language (understanding communication), fluency (stuttering), dysphagia (swallowing problems), pragmatics in communication, and augmentative and alternative communication devices (communicating via iPad, other tech device, or communication board with pictures). Whew! I have my work cut out for me, but I'm looking forward to the challenge and excited to further developing skills I haven't used in a little bit. I love that I have the opportunity to work with young folks in schools, older folks at the rehab center, and people of all ages at the hospital--great way to staying sharp (and get back to Alaska for the summers)!
I've been using Siri for navigation on my iPhone but she has a very incomplete map of town, tells me to turn when there's no road, and has all roads mislabeled; I accidentally stumbled upon the correct school yesterday morning! It's like Siri is navigating based on an alternate reality of Ketchikan--perhaps a mirror image of town, upside down, and right below this Ketchikan. Tomorrow will be a great chance to find my way around town in the daylight (sunrise is around 7 and it sets at 3:30). I'll go downtown, read in a coffee shop, hike, and do yoga by the huge picture windows at "home" with the view above at sunrise!