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  • Grad School Interview Tips for Future SLPs

    Do you know future Speech Language Pathologists who are applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share with them about graduate school interviews.Many university programs use interviews to learn about a candidate’s experiences, interests, and personality. Think about the following types of questions: •    What interested ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on January 18, 2016
  • Graduate School Applications

    Do you know anyone applying to graduate school? Here are some tips to share:Writer’s block: Fight the freeze by starting in the middle of the essay. Sometimes we discover introductions through conclusions. Return to the opening lines only after you’ve reached the end.Answer simple questions: Unsure what to say? Start with everyday, plain language. ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on November 16, 2015
  • Winning the Job Lottery

    “What would you do if you won a million dollars?”A few years ago I was working with an entertaining group of fifth grade students who were practicing producing their speech sounds at the sentence and conversational level. We were taking turns answering social questions from a deck of cards. We turned over the card with the question, “What would ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on August 14, 2015
  • Becoming Our Own Client

    As dedicated professionals, we work long hours, possibly staying late to finish just one more thing. In providing supports to others, sometimes we may not think of our own needs. Exhaustion is an interesting phenomenon. It may be a slow process. We may not realize that we are nearing exhaustion until we are completely fatigued. Perhaps you have ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 11, 2015
  • White/Gold vs. Blue/Black Dress

    Millions of people on social media and later mainstream media recently viewed a photo of a particular dress that stirred a national debate. Due to the background lighting and photographic exposure, people saw the two colors of the dress differently. For all of us who debated the colors of that dress (blue/black or white/gold), we had a ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on March 4, 2015
  • Fortunate to be an SLP?

    It's no secret that there is a shortage of SLPs. Based on the number of phone calls, postcards, and emails I have gotten from headhunters since I started in this field, it hasn't improved any. It's also a known fact that the competition to get into graduate school to study speech-language pathology is intense. I know back when I got my Master's, I ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 4, 2014
  • Now Hiring!

    It's no secret that pretty much every place of employment with every age group of clientele is looking to hire at least one SLP. I'm basing this on the number of phone calls, post cards in the mail, and emails I receive on pretty much a daily basis. It's also no secret that many times these job openings (especially the email ones I receive) ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 4, 2012
  • Help Me?

    How many of our students have goals that involve ''asking for help'' or ''requesting assistance?'' Some students might have it as a goal in a behavior plan (to serve as a replacement behavior). Others may be early language learners that have not learned to use conventional means of communication to ask for help. In these first few weeks of ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on September 28, 2011
  • Dealing with State Budget Cuts

    We school-based SLPs don't live in a bubble. We are parts of living, breathing school districts and the public education system in our states. Anything that impacts a school district eventually trickles down and impacts us, whether we want it to or not. My home state (along with many others in the country) recently had its budget approved, which ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 6, 2011
  • SLPs Only!

    Although I'm officially only summer vacation, I still have some school commitments that are part of my schedule. Last Thursday I had my first inservice day of the summer (according to our contract, we're obligated to do at least three). Besides the one last weeek, I have another one this week on strategies and fun activities to teach ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 22, 2011