O for a Muse of words, that would exclaim
The loudest phrases of invention,
A hospital for a website, doctors to act
And nurses to behold the healing scene!
That should the speechie Muses, like themselves
Assist their patients in their thinking, speech,
And swallow. Pardon us, and gentles all,
The flat unraised doodles that have dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object: can this blank page hold
The vasty halls of healing? Or may we cram
Within this code-based square the very masks
That did affright the hospital’s wide halls?
O, Pardon! Since a crooked figure may
Attest a little place a truer story;
And let us, in attempt to show and tell,
On your imaginary forces work.
Suppose within the girdle of this screen
Are now confined three mighty SLPs
Whose words of positivity and truth
Empower patients to communicate,
Embracing imperfections to make progress;
Swallowing their meal with careful pace.
Think when we talk of patients, that you see them
Taking their proud steps safely in the gym;
For ’tis your thoughts that now must deck our Muses,
Evaluating swallows, testing language,
Turning the accomplishment of many years
Into a project: for the which supply,
Admit me Chorus to this history;
Who prologue-like your humble patience pray,
Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
(Most of the above words borrowed from the ever obliging William Shakespeare)
All this to say the Muses have some big projects in the works! They’ve decided to step back for a moment from musing on this website. Their adventures will still appear time to time on our Instagram @speakingwithkiki. And when they’ve made more progress on their projects, they’ll be sure to update here on the Speaking with Kiki website.
In the meantime, feel free to browse the SLP freebies and the archives and the Writing page, which I am updating with new publications. Thanks so much for supporting the Muses!
~Aoide, Mneme, and Melete (Muses of Speech, Thinking, and Swallowing Therapy)