Laura Kapperman, MA CCC-SLP
Began at Teachwell:
Why did you choose this field?
I chose Speech Therapy as a field because I wanted to help make a difference in people's lives. I've been given the opportunity to work with both children and adults throughout my career and the biggest satisfaction with this field has been witnessing people reach their goals during the most difficult times of their life. It is a wonderful and challenging profession and we have the opportunity to give people hope when they need it the most.
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
What or who most inspires you?
My parents as they always continually inspired us to do our very best at whatever we wanted to do and taught us to keep the faith no matter what.
Teachwell is allowing me to expand my experience in the world of teletherapy and giving me the flexibility of more time with my family.
What are you proudest of?
How do you hope to make a difference?
I want to help children meet their goals so that they are successful in whatever they want to pursue throughout their life.
What lessons has your work life taught you?
My work life has taught me that this is a challenging profession, but that there's a ton of resources out there and there is always something or someone you can learn from. Never stop learning and use your resources and colleagues for inspiration.
What is your background experience – degrees, experience, skills?
I received my Bachelor of Science Degree and Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of South Dakota. I have experience working in hospitals, schools, and skilled nursing facilities. I have 5 years experience in schools working with early childhood through fifth grade students and have just completed close to 10 years in nursing homes. I am a certified vital stim provider and have been able to treat a number of people with swallowing disorders, dementia, and cognitive-communication disorders related to stroke among other diagnoses. I look forward to expanding my skills in teletherapy.
People would be surprised to know that I . . .
have nine sisters and love to dance!