Meet Our Team: Laura Rodriguez, MA, CCC/SLP

Give a little background information about yourself:
I grew up in El Paso, TX and got my undergrad degree at the University of Texas at El Paso in secondary education. I moved to Austin for grad school in 2012 and got my graduate degree in Speech Language Pathology at UT Austin. I completely fell in love with Austin so after I graduated I decided to stay a while. After grad school, I provided speech therapy services for children with a variety of speech and language disorders in the school districts. A year ago I came here to Building BLOCS and it has been such an amazing experience. I currently live in Austin with my fiancé and our two dogs.

What brought you in to this field?
I’ve always loved working with children and being able to help them overcome obstacles and make progress has been amazing. It is so rewarding to see how much my clients grow from year to year and helping them connect and communicate with those around them has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.

What are some favorite parts about your job?
I love the collaboration we have here between all the therapists. It allows us to constantly come up with new approaches and it has really helped me grow as a therapist. Since we all do the same theme for a month it really allows us to fully explore all the concepts and vocabulary that relate to a theme. We just wrapped up a community helpers theme and we spent the month talking about all the things community helpers use for their jobs, we made fire truck cookies, and played out going to the doctor. We even put out fake fires in the gym. This job is the best!

What are a couple interesting facts about yourself?
I love to make things, whether its crafts, sewing Halloween costumes, painting, or cooking. Being able to put hard work into something and then seeing the results of that labor is super satisfying. I can play the piano and the clarinet and I love playing retro video games with my fiancé. I love sloths and Harry Potter and I’ve reread the books a dozen times.