Speech-language pathologists (SLP) play an integral role in helping children and adults rebuild their lives, improve their communication, and enhance their delivery. Whether it is helping a toddler with speech needs or an older adult recovering from a stroke, speech therapists work with people across the lifespan to develop and rehab their communication.
At Open Lines®, our licensed speech-language pathologists are experienced in evidence-based treatments. Their background ensures patients receive holistic, personalized, and innovative solutions to their speech, language, or communication problems.
To highlight our talented and dedicated SLPs, we have started a staff spotlight series so our patients can get to know our clinicians on a more personal level. Today, we are featuring Bridget Murray, who is a pediatric supervising speech-language pathologist at Open Lines®.
Bridget attended New York University (NYU) where she received her Master of Science in Communicative Science and Disorders. Her clinical experiences include working with NYU Langone School of Medicine, NYU Langone Cochlear Implant Center, RUSK Rehabilitation at the Ambulatory Care Center, and work at several private schools in New York City, including Bank Street School for Children and Corlears School. Bridget holds certifications in LSVT LOUD for KIDS – a specific type of speech voice therapy treatment for children and adults with neurologically based communication disorders and the NYC Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) license.
What Do You Do at Open Lines®?
I work primarily with pediatric clients aged 0-18 in our office on the Upper West Side in New York City and in private schools throughout Manhattan. My work includes finding fun and unique ways to help children improve in the areas of story-telling, understanding and speaking, reading and writing, social language, and voice and fluency.
I also work with school-aged children to improve public speaking skills. I love working in the school setting because it allows me to collaborate with teachers, occupational therapists, counselors, and a wide variety of other related service providers to ensure a child’s entire being is considered.
How Long Have You Been with Open Lines®?
Almost four years! I started working with Open Lines® in April 2019.
What Interested You in Joining the Open Lines®’ Staff?
I initially heard about Open Lines® through my externship in graduate school. My supervising clinician at NYU RUSK Rehabilitation had been extremely impressed with the care provided by Open Lines® to one of her patients after he was discharged from the hospital following a stroke.
I then learned about the work Open Lines® did with the LSVT LOUD program under Dr. Jessica Galgano’s leadership, and I had always wanted to explore this program. I knew when I met with the team at OL during my first interview, I would love working with such a flexible, dynamic, and passionate group of clinicians who were so client focused.
What Is the Most Rewarding Part of Your Job and Why?
There are so many rewarding parts of being a pediatric speech language pathologist! I love watching the look on my student’s faces when they finally achieve correct tongue placement for that tricky ‘s’ sound, and the feeling of accomplishment they have when they answer an inferencing question independently!
Recently, one of my younger student’s mothers emailed me to share that her son said, “Bye baby,” to his baby sister before she went to bed. It was the first time he put two words together, and his family was thrilled. I love those little moments so much!
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
Outside of my work as a speech-language pathologist, I love spending time with my family – especially my newborn niece! I am an avid skier who can be found in Vermont most winter weekends. I also love the beach, exploring NYC, traveling, and eating delicious food.
I recently married my high school sweetheart and moved back to Manhattan after a short, but sweet, hiatus to Long Island during the early days of the pandemic. I received my undergraduate degree in special education from Providence College (Go Friars!) and my Masters in Communicative Science and Disorders from New York University.
What Is Your Favorite Quote, Food, and Hobby?
Quote: “Not every day is good but there is good in everyday”- Alice Morse Earle
Food: Colony Pizza from Emmy Squared in the West Village
Hobby: Beach walks