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  • The BEST Part

    I'm a school-based SLP. If you're reading this blog, it is likely that you are also. Let me be honest here. There are a lot of things I love about my job, and other things that I don't love so much. However, by far, the best perk of being a school-based SLP is the summer ''off.'' I'd be lying to you if I tried to pretend that I ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 30, 2014
  • Additional Medicare Cuts Make Me Speechless

    Previously I have written about dramatic changes that Medicare has made that adversely affect those who need the use of a Speech Generating Device (SGD), specifically regarding renting instead of purchasing devices for those who need them.  During the last week it has been brought to my attention that Medicare is in the process of making ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on July 24, 2014
  • "Chicken Soup" by SLPs: Are You In?

    My parents fondly remember that from the time I could smash the space bar on their computer keyboard to smithereens, I wanted to be a writer. Now with the assistance of 37 local and nationwide SLPs and counting, my dream to publish feels more tangible than ever. My newest premise for a book is a Chicken Soup-style anthology of stories by SLPs for ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 17, 2014
  • Meeting of the Minds

    It is summer vacation for the majority of school-based SLPs. Time to relax, spend time with our families, go on vacation, maybe even take a few minutes to spend time on ourselves. One of my favorite things I enjoy doing in the summer is to catch up with friends I have limited time to see during the school year. Given that I work in ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on July 16, 2014
  • Making Money on the Side For a School SLP

    When you were going into the field of Speech-Language Pathology, did you ever look at those ''average salaries'' graphs? Did you think ''Score! I'm going into a field that makes tons of money!'' I know I did!  Then, I started working for a public school system in the middle of Missouri and reality set in. It seems that SLPs rarely get paid ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Get the Patient's Full Story

    How many times in your professional career have you heard a statement such as, ''He's a hip fracture'' or ''She's a stroke''? I hear it a lot, and I have to admit I cringe every time, even though I realize that the intention is to convey information about the patient as quickly and succinctly as possible. I cringe because I see patients ...
    Posted to Focus on Geriatric and Adult Services (Weblog) on June 30, 2014
  • 3 Communication Pitfalls of an AAC Assessment

    As a speech-language pathologist who works in an outpatient clinic, I see a wide variety of patients. When I am sent a referral for an AAC evaluation it can be a young child born with disability or an older adult who has suffered from a horrible disease. One of the things that I have learned in all of these encounters is that no matter who you ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on June 18, 2014
  • School's Over: It's a Wrap!

    I'm writing this blog on my second full day of summer break. Several bags are nearly-packed from my upcoming vacation. I realize that depending on what part of the country you are in, when you started your year,  and how many snow days you had this past winter, many of you are probably still in school. I'm not trying to make ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on June 16, 2014
  • 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
  • Outgrowing Autism?

    Autism is considered a life-long disability. I often envision parents taking care of their autistic children for the rest of their lives unless placed in a residential home setting. However, over the recent years studies are indicating the potential for outgrowing autism. A study conducted by Deborah Fein, a Connecticut professor of Psychology and ...
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