Your first name is a word that’s very important. That word is a special and beautiful label that’s usually given to you by loving family members, such as your mother or father. Because I’m a speech-language pathologist, I think about words, like first names, much more often than my non-SLP friends and this slight obsession with words often leads me to think about first names in a unique and fun SLP-ish way.
Did you know that some people have SLP-ish first names?
Over the last few years, I’ve noticed certain first names and how they trigger my SLP heart to smile wide. Sometimes, in my SLP mind, some first names seem to have strong connections to the field of SLP, and people who have those particular first names don’t even know it! So, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few unknowingly SLP-ish first names that I’ve come across.
In the real world, Stan is most likely short for Stanley or Stanford. But in my SLP mind, Stan is short for standardized assessment. Standardized assessments are important evaluation tools that have established statistical reliability and validity. And we all know how important reliability and validity are for our job, am I right? So with all of this being said, I think that Stan is a magnificent SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Stan!
The average person might think of the jazz musician Miles Davis when he or she hears the name Miles, but not me. My SLP mind immediately sees Miles being short for milestones (for example: developmental milestones). Whether it be developmental milestones for articulation and/or phonological processes, or language norms for school-age children, we reference developmental milestones daily because of how helpful they are to our clinical practice. So with all of this being said, I think that Miles is super SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Miles!
As a common short version for Arthur, to my SLP mind, Art is the short version of articulation. One of the things that SLPs are well-versed in is the world of speech sound disorders. We are, hands down, the go-to if you’re experiencing a difficult time articulating certain sounds that make it hard for some people to understand you. We’re the ones that can help you improve your articulation. So with all of this being said, I think that Art is spectacular SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Art!
Name(s): Mandi or Max
Speaking of articulation, anytime I see the first names Mandi or Max, my SLP mind automatically sees mandible or maxilla. Because I have the opportunity to work with loads of children who have articulation difficulties, I often find myself teaching loads of vocabulary to them that relates to the primary bones of our face; and mandible and maxilla are absolutely two words that my clients learn. So with all of this being said, I think that Mandi and Max are awesome SLP-ish first names to have. Kudos to anyone named Mandi or Max!
I don’t think any SLP would disagree with me when I say that anytime I meet a person with the first name Asha, my SLP mind sees it as the abbreviation for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for thousands upon thousands of SLPs in the United States and beyond. As a certified member of ASHA for a number of years, I can honestly say that I’m a huge fan of the organization for all of the good that they do. So with all of this being said, I think that Asha is a cool SLP-ish first name to have. Kudos to anyone named Asha!
In closing . . .
Can you think of any other unknowingly SLP-ish first names that you’ve come across? How about Ana – short for anatomy? Or Dia – short for diagnosis? Maybe even Ned – short for Ned’s Head (a favorite SLP-ish therapy material of mine!). As always, I truly dig hearing from each and every single one of you, so please feel free to hit me up at any point in time! Yay! 😉