Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Rovinski.
Hi Casey, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Speech-Language Pathologist, play coach, and founder of Speak Outside The Box. My heart is full with the desire to hold a space for and bring a bright inspiring energy to the families and children that we serve. In doing so, my intention is that your child’s ability to blossom in all areas of language and communication is meaningful and effective.
My hope is that “Speech Therapy” is not a part of time taken out of the day but is a movement that has an effect on as many present moments within your and your child’s experience as possible. That the baby steps and lasting leaps that happen outside of “the box” are so fulfilling that they spill into all other areas of your child’s development and maybe even into your own connection with them.
My goal is that their time with us, and our time with you, is something to truly cherish.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
When I moved to Tampa, FL from upstate New York for my second job as a practicing SLP, I was hired at a local private practice in a clinical setting. I saw 12-18 children back to back for 30 minutes each per day behind four white walls. This dull stagnant setting was unlike anything familiar or natural for the children. I learned that an environment’s ability to create opportunities that mimic or include “real life” experiences was necessary for communication success and that I couldn’t find that here. I also had very limited communication with the parents of the children I served, felt as if I was drowning in paperwork, used disengaging activities such as picture cards, and was unable to fully connect with these children. With all of that said, I was unable to see substantial success or meet the fulfillment that I know was possible. I was drained and my purpose felt stifled.
After eight months of this, I leaned into different opportunities that allowed my independence and creative abilities to flow. My vision started to become clear. It consisted of speech therapy that took place in everyday activities and routines, involving meaningful communication partners like parents, teachers, nanny’s and other therapists, and it happened outside the dull walls of the clinical setting. It flourished outside of high expectations that take the “play” out of the child, outside of the limits created by the “one size fits all” mentality, and most importantly outside of our minds and into the hearts of the children and families that we serve. I created Speak Outside The Box to be just that. I am forever grateful for our families and our team of therapists, who keep filling it with their light and the continuation of this vision.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Speech Language Pathologist and Parent play and autism coach.
I founded Speak Outside The Box, LLC to provide speech and language therapy for children with various communication disorders. We have a team of 4 vibrantly passionate SLP’S, a busy office manager, and Mobi- our sweet therapy dog.
As the SLP’S on our team provide intervention for children with Apraxia, speech-language delay, receptive and expressive language disorders, auditory processing disorder, and social-pragmatic disorders, I personally specialize in working with parents with children with autism.
My passion is in building a solid foundation for children with autism to grow intentional and functional communication skills. I do this by following a child’s lead into their desires and meeting them there to explore. It is from this place that we can establish connection and a deep intent to communicate. As I establish this bond with a child, I invite the parents I work with to do the same by coaching them building awareness around the oftentimes covert and difficult manifestations of communication that children with autism may possess. The approach of this process is through motivating play and connection and the juice is in the vulnerability of the parent-child relationship.
Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
My happiness expands in the present moment miracles that take place in the connection between the children I work with and their parents. To get to share in these experiences, the opening of their children, the expansion of their child’s potential with their parents is a true blessing. To receive videos from families of their children saying “I love you” for the first time, from the child they never knew would be able to communicate that, continues to fill me with light. The way these families accept me into their homes and hearts in a place of deep vulnerability is inspiring and has helped me to evolve into a deeply emotional and creative entrepreneur. My mission is endlessly fueled by this work and the truth and happiness it brings.
- Email: Crovinski@speakoutsidethebox
- Website: Caseyrovinski.com
- Instagram: @caseyrovinski
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