Where to Find a Speech Language Pathologist in Nepal

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nepalThe title of this post is a big misnomer because the answer to this question is: I don’t know! I’m writing this post with the hope that someone who is a speech language pathologist (A.K.A. SLP or speech therapist) in Nepal might someday see this post and reach out. 

As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, I am a speech language pathologist. I live and work in the Boston area in a K-8 public school. I think what I do (help children improve their ability to communicate) is one of the coolest jobs in the world. I have received several emails over the years from fellow SLP’s connected to Nepal. A few years ago, I received an email from an Australian SLP who travels to Nepal to provide therapy to adults (how cool is that!?). I also remember receiving an email from a student who is studying to be a speech therapist in Nepal. I have heard from other sources that there is a graduate program in Kathmandu that trains speech language pathologists; however, I don’t know which university hosts this program.

Over the years, I have also received several emails from parents in Nepal looking for SLP services for their children. Friends and family members from Nepal have also mentioned to me that they know of children in Kathmandu who are in desperate need of speech therapy.

As I mentioned above, I am writing this post in the hopes that someone who provides speech therapy in Nepal will see it and reach out to me. I would love to be able to provide parents with a name of a school, private practice, a hospital, or an individual who can provided services to children in need of speech therapy.

Here is some potentially helpful information for those looking for speech therapy in Nepal:

  • I have heard from a friend that there is a school for children with autism in Kathmandu. I don’t know the name of the school, but some internet research reveals that there is an organization called Autism Care Nepal that provides some services to children and adults who have an autism diagnosis.
  • A quick google search revealed that there is something called Nepal Hearing and Speech Care Center that I assume provides services to children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. You may want to contact the center if you are interested.
  • As mentioned above there seems to be a graduate program in Nepal that educates speech language pathologists. Many graduate programs in speech language pathology have clinics where graduate students provide free or reduced cost services to children and adults. It might be worth doing some research to find out where this graduate program is hosted.
  • In the fall I learned that the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at George Washington University hosts an international trip for its speech therapy graduate students in Nepal every two years. It is possible that members of this program may provide assessments for those in need when they return to Nepal next.
  • (Just a quick disclaimer that I have no affiliation with the aforementioned centers or universities).

If you are an individual in Nepal looking for speech and language therapy, definitely start by doing some online research. The American Speech Language and Hearing Association’s website is a good place to start.

I really hope that in the future I will be able to spend my summers in Nepal. I would love to provide assessment and therapy when I am there for longer swaths of time, although that’s not a possibility in my life right now. Good luck to all of those individuals looking for a speech language pathologist in Nepal. Although I can’t diagnose or treat communication disorders online, if you have any other specific questions for me, I can try my best to answer them via email at nepalijiwan@gmail.com.

If you are a speech language pathologist in Nepal or know someone who is, please reach out by commenting or emailing me.

Our Hindu Priest

Tri and I are not religious people, so when it came to finding a Hindu priest for our wedding, we asked around our communities to see if anyone knew of a good officiant. We didn’t want someone who was going to make the ceremony too serious or too long. We also obviously wanted someone who was willing and happy to officiate an interracial/intercultural marriage.

Some of our family friends in Washington D.C. happened to know a fantastic Hindu priest who often officiates weddings in the Nepali communities up and down the East Coast. When we were down in D.C. last summer, we got the chance to meet him, and we immediately felt put at ease.

He spoke both Nepali and English, he had lived in the US for many years, and he was totally fine with officiating an intercultural wedding. Score! He was also willing to accommodate our wish for a “short” (read 1 1/2 hour long) ceremony.

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Some of the items that the priest brought with him for the ceremony

On the day of the wedding our lovely priest showed up with all of the goodies needed for the puja. He kept trying to get us to do a rehearsal before the guests started to arrive, but because our photographs took longer than expected, we didn’t do the rehearsal until about 15 minutes before our ceremony was supposed to start. ha! But our priest was totally chill about it. Tri and I were both on cloud nine that day, and we really weren’t worried about timing. It was great to have an officiant who was on the same wavelength.

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Rehearsing before the wedding ceremony started

Once the ceremony started, he did an absolutely fantastic job. Although he said all of the prayers in Sanskrit, he translated the ceremony into English so that all of our guests could enjoy it. He was also incredibly kind to my family. He incorporated my parents, brothers, and grandpa into the ceremony and gave tikka to all of the guests who wanted it.

Our priest also had a great sense of humor. I thought that the ceremony would be quite serious, but I was laughing for most of it 🙂 There are several games that the bride, groom, and siblings/friends of the couple play during the wedding ceremony. Rather than just going through the motions, he really got everyone invested in the games.

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Throwing rice into the fire during the puja

I’ve been to a number of religious event in my life, whether they be Nepali, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, or Jewish, and I’ve rarely had fun. They’re often quite serious. This was probably the first religious function in my life that had me enjoying myself. I don’t know why my expectations were so low, but I was totally not expecting to enjoy the ceremony part of my wedding. Luckily, I think that we were able to please both families and have fun while doing it.

If anybody needs the name of a great Nepali Hindu priest on the East Coast, you can comment here or email me at nepalijiwan@gmail.com. I swear he didn’t pay me to write this post! 🙂

 

Nepali Christmas Hath Come Early

Tri’s family are all very good cooks. His brother (I’ll call him ‘M’) manages a restaurant in Kathmandu and knows how to cook some amazing dishes. Tri’s step mom and dad also make absolutely delish Nepali food. During “Nepali Christmas” (aka the big Nepali Hindu holiday Dashain) people return home, visit relatives, get tikka (red vermillion powder mixed with rice placed on the forehead as a blessing), and eat eat eat tons of homemade food. Here in our home it feels like Dashain has come early because of all the amazing food we’ve had. Here are a few pics of the some of the great eats we’ve been enjoying:

From top left going clockwise: blackening tomatoes over the stove, fried chicken, chicken curry (i.e., chickenko rus), golbedhako achaar (tomato pickle/sauce/flavoring), chop (a mixture of spices.

I’ll admit that there have been a few arguments in the kitchen over how to make each specific dish because everyone has their own way of doing it (me included!). Honestly, though? It’s been great family bonding time 🙂

We’re Married!

Tri and I got married Nepali style on July 3rd, almost 5 years to the day after we were legally married. I’ve got about 101 posts I want to write about the whole experience, but that’s going to take me a while, so I thought I’d post one of my favorite photos from the day:

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With the love of my life :’)