I Need (Travel) Therapy Ep 38 – Working on a Military Base as a Travel Therapist – Jackie McMillian MS, CCC-SLP

May 17, 2021

On this episode, we had the unique opportunity to speak with an SLP who is currently working with students on a military base. Our special guest, Jackie McMillian MS, CCC-SLP, shared her background from growing up in a military family and provided an overview of her life working on a military base—including a snapshot of base life, speech therapy on base vs. in a civilian school, adjusting to base life as a civilian, and more.

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We Discuss

  • 0:42 Introduction to Jackie and her background
  • 2:34 Life growing up in a military family
  • 8:14 Jackie’s introduction into becoming an SLP
  • 9:45 How Jackie came to work on a military base
  • 16:30 A snapshot of the base community
  • 19:16 Jackie’s unique experiences from working on a base
  • 23:09 Speech therapy on base vs. in a civilian school
  • 25:38 The challenges of working with parents between deployments
  • 27:26 Overcoming change when working with autistic children
  • 28:47 Adjusting to base life as a civilian
  • 30:02 Collaborating with parents and caregivers for hybrid-learning therapy
  • 32:12 Tips for therapists thinking about working on a military base

About Jackie McMillian MS, CCC-SLP

Jackie is originally from Moss Point, Mississippi, and grew up in a military family—her parents are retired Army, and her brother is retired from the Air Force. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. Jackie loves the lifestyle that comes with being a travel therapist—enjoying meeting new people and trying new foods, wherever she goes.

About the Show

Producer - Jonathan Cary

Assistant Producer – Katie Schrauben

Show Notes – Sam MacKay

Music & Editing - Aidan Dykes

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