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  • 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 ...
  • Considering Change...and 5 WINNERS!

    Please see below for winners of the Sentence Builder App. The school year is drawing to a close, and I hope that is has been a good one for all of our Speech in the Schools readers! It's amazing to think that just a year ago I was struggling with whether or not to change school districts and try something just a bit different. It was very hard, ...
    Posted to Speech in the Schools (Weblog) on May 15, 2014
  • Speak Up about Medicare Changes

    Speech-language pathologists who work in environments that utilize patients' insurance always have challenges. As an SLP who evaluates those that need alternative forms of communication, it has been vital for me to understand what individual insurances require for someone to get a communication device. Medicare is the primary insurance for many ...
    Posted to Speech Therapy: The ABCs of AAC (Weblog) on April 29, 2014
  • Preventing EI Burnout

    Do YOU have spring fever?? We made it through a long cold winter but summer is still two months away and there is much to be done! Complete annual reviews, write new goals for several IFSPs and IEPs, complete quarterly progress reports, finish monthly billing, plan next week's lessons, return parent phone calls, meet the new family, email the ...
    Posted to Early Intervention Speech Therapy (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Landing a Clinical Fellowship

    As a soon-to-be graduate (I'm a month out, but who's counting?), I like many of my colleagues have spent the last few months in search of my first job. Not just any job however, my Clinical Fellowship (CF) job, which adds a whole new dimension to the already difficult process. Just last week I accepted my SLP-CF position in a Special Education ...
    Posted to Speech and Hearing Perspectives (Weblog) on April 10, 2014
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