G’day and welcome! I’m Rebecca Reinking – but you might also know me as Rebecca Visintin from my early blogging days. I’m an Australian Speech-Language Pathologist who has acquired extra acronyms by keeping both my Australian and American certifications (CPSP & CCC-SLP).
If you’ve come to my site it might be because you are an adventurous soul like me and want to know everything you can about working overseas…
Or you may be visiting because we have the same therapy style: year round, functional resources that let the therapist add their own flexible flair to them.
Perhaps you don’t care about anything travel or resource related and just want to read some Aussie honesty, because if there’s one thing you should know about us Aussie’s: we tell it like it is! You can contact me at email@example.com but please know that I’m not an expert in visas, graduate programs or finding you a job, I just share the information I know.
So where do the ‘adventures’ come in?
I am an Australian who has had a wonderful career. I studied part of my degree in Manchester, England and had a goal to visit a new country every month. Goal completed 🙂 Then I literally accepted the first job that was thrown at me in a bid to get some speech pathology experience. It was about 1400km away and I said ‘yes’ without knowing where I was going. I ended up living rural-remote in a town of 12,000 and had no car, but rode a bike for two years. It was so carefree.
I loved the country, but living somewhere so hot and four hours from the beach just made me long for water! I took the plunge and was accepted to be an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development and did an assignment in tropical Samoa. Living in a developing country where they don’t even have a name for our profession was challenging and oh so exciting! I lived a simple life with no TV and internet 30 minutes every fortnight and ended up falling in love with a U.S Peace Corp.
I took a leap of faith and followed this guy to America, we lived outside of Tacoma, Washington. Again, I just needed a job so went wherever the agency placed me. My love for mountains grew. I was oh so outdoorsy, never mind the rain, and started this blog Adventures in Speech Pathology in 2011. I did take a break from the blogging world as many know. Was married in Samoa, moved back to Australia, had a baby and finally got back to making resources that make sense and blogging in 2016.
Follow my Instagram @adventuresinspeechpathology for a mix of amazing travel pictures (for when your mind needs to wander) and functional speech therapy ideas (for when your mind needs inspiration) – I’d love to see more wanderlust SLPs out there.
If you love a good ‘ten things about me’ list to see how similar or totally different we are…here we go!
- I have been to 51 countries (and lived in 4 different countries).
- I have 8 tattoos.
- My dream SLP job would be seeing severe speech disorders in the morning and Social Thinking® therapy in the afternoon.
- I collect crystals and still believe in fairies
- Climbing mountains makes me happy!
- I am a twin.
- I used to have straight hair but when I turned 16 it went FULL curly.
- I write poetry and every time I travel overseas I keep a day-to-day journal.
- I love ‘Aussie slang’ and own a few Dictionaries on the subject because it just makes me laugh!
- I have a pet Lovebird, Leo and a beautiful daughter, Adelaide.
My Pinterest pinning style can be summarised as: Mostly free resources and pins, a focus on functional and year-round applications (despite the season), a bit of extra attention on speech and social and a round up SLP travel related tidbits. If this sounds like your kind of boards – be my newest Follower!
If you want to read more on what I’m passionate about, my ASHA Leader Blog articles here:
- Putting the scope back into your practice
- Believe it or not: The CCS can make your job easier
- Connecting with the curriculum
Curious about my time volunteering in Samoa? See some video snippets of my time:
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