Real Talk SLP episode 8

Today on the Real Talk SLP podcast, I wanted to talk about the ups and downs of finding relevant, engaging and practical professional development for the busy SLP.

As SLPs we are pulled very thin between conducting therapy, assessing, and all that fun paperwork.

In particular, school-based SLPs have to be knowledgeable about so many different areas because we treat a lot of disorders, and ages.

I decided to bring on my SLP blogger besties to have some real talk about professional development. Each one shares about the current struggles with finding good PD as well as recommending some resources that have helped them to feel confident about their clinical decisions.

Professional Development Resources for Busy SLPs

The Informed SLP is a resource we all have memberships and use regularly.

We all agreed that attending the ASHA Convention has lots of great presentations and so many options to chose from; however, it is expensive and difficult to take that time off of work. ASHA’s evidence maps can be a helpful place to start when looking for information on a certain topic.

A great alternative is to use Speech or Speech Therapy PD.

Natalie recommended The Impact of Unilateral Hearing Loss and Single Sided Defness for the Pediatric Population from

Marueen recommended Intervention for Selective Mutism: The Nuts and Bolts of Behavioral Treatment

Hallie recommended Evidence Based Practice Treatment Approaches for Improving Vocabulary in Children with Language Disorders

I recommended any courses or presentations by Char Boshart who has a lot of courses on Speech Therapy PD. If you are interested in Speech Therapy PD (Use code: SLPROCKSTAR” to get $10 off either subscription).

I also just presented with Rehab Seminars and they had a lot of practical presenters that were very helpful including Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP and William Van Cleave, MA, Educational Consultant

We are all fans of FREE PD, right!? The SLP Summit is a free online webinar training that goes on twice a year during winter and summer. There are a ton of different topics and you can learn while sitting by the pool or your couch. 

We also discuss how the four of us SLPs came up with the idea for the Speech Retreat. It is a one day Professional Development that is packed with practical therapy ideas you can use tomorrow. Plus, we wanted to celebrate SLPs, so we include swag bags and LOTS of raffle prizes. Check it out at Speech Retreat and sign up for the April 13th Speech Retreat in Raleigh, NC.

What is your favorite PD or conference you attended?

I would love to know what relevant PD you have attended to help spread the word to other SLPs. Share in the comments or email me at

Real Talk SLP episode 7

Today on the podcast, I have my friend Nicole Allison from Allison’s Speech Peeps on the show.

A little over a year ago, Nicole wrote about a post that was very personal to her heart. She opened up about her journey with getting her middle child, Declan evaluated for a speech and language disorder. 

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Blog Posts Mentioned In This Episode

Why is it so hard? by Nicole Allison

My Child Isn’t Talking, Now What? by Nicole Allison

Want to connect with Nicole?

You can find Nicole on Facebook at Nicole Allison, Speech Peeps LLC and Instagram @nicoleallisonslp

Need assessment tools or vocabulary activities?

If you need assessment resources or vocabulary activities, Nicole has some amazing resources for SLPs to help make confident clinical decisions for students.

Real Talk SLP episode 6

In episode #6, Real Talk SLP interviews Jenn Westmoreland from Crazy Speech World. We had a great discussion about how to deal with outrageously, big caseloads.

So many SLPs are faced with a large caseload. Many have asked administration for support. Some get the support and others are left to manage unruly caseload sizes.

Jenn provides a lot of practical tips for how to manage a large caseload. She also gives information about how to advocate for your workload and ways to lower your caseload sizes.

Both Felice and Jenn have managed caseloads with kids up to 90! Doing the daily grind for caseloads that high isn’t always pretty or perfect. But, they both give encouragement to let you know that you aren’t alone!

Jenn is the queen of themed therapy, crafts and knowing the BEST books to use in your therapy sessions. To stay connected with her, head over to her instagram @crazyspeechworld or check out her website www.crazyspeechworld.

If you are looking for materials to support literacy in your sessions or FUN activities to target articulation, language and social skills, head over to Jenn’s TPT store.

Helpful Blog Posts From This Episode

Caseload and Workload from ASHA

How and when to recommend a consultation model for your students – a blog post by Jenn Westmoreland

Staying organized will help you with managing your caseload. Here are some helpful blog posts about organization and streamlining processes:

Organizing Your Materials For The Year by Jenn Westmoreland

Why I have A Speech Referral Process by Felice Clark

SLP Caseload Organization by Felice Clark

Small Victories – Tips for Self Advocacy by Jenn Westmoreland

As SLPs, we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves. Working non-stop only makes admin think we are able to do our jobs in the amount of time given in our workday. Burnout is also quicker to creep in when we are working more and neglecting our own needs.

Here is a blog post by Jenn about Self Care for SLPS

Real Talk SLP episode 5

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP, Felice interviews Rachael Baethge from Texas Speech Mom. Rachael is a traveling SLP that primarily works with preschool aged students. She travels from site to site to see her students.

During this interview, Rachael shares about the pros and cons of being a traveling SLP. We both share some challenges we have faced when traveling to multiple therapy sites. Rachael gives practical advice and tips for how to manage a caseload when you have to travel from place to place.

If you are thinking about working as a traveling SLP, this episode will help you figure out if this type of setting will work for you! And for all those traveling SLPs currently working in this setting, Rachael will help you with how manage everything, so you don’t lose your sanity!

Want the bag that Rachael recommended in the episode? Here is the link to LL Bean bag that Rachael uses.

During the podcast Rachael and I discuss some storage solutions and ways to stay organized. Here is a blog post I did about various storage solutions for your materials.

Want to stay in touch with Rachael? Here is where you can find her:

Follow Rachael at Texas Speech Mom and be sure to check her out on instagram @texasspeechmom

Need resources for your students? Rachel sells her resources on TPT at Texas Speech Mom.

Real Talk SLP episode 4

Real Talk SLP episode 4

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP, Felice interviews Whitney Smith from Let’s Talk With Whitney SLP. Whitney is a school based SLP who works with children from preschool to 5th grade.

During this interview, Whitney shares about why she uses curriculum based materials and themes in her therapy. Plus, she tells SLPs how she stays organized and tips on how to start using themes in therapy.

It was interesting to hear about how Whitney started using themes in therapy and how she plans her themes throughout the year.

We both share some therapy ideas and books to use with a winter theme. Whitney shared her favorite books and activities for winter. Felice shared a few ideas for winter themes to use with your middle school students.

Blog posts mentioned in this podcast episode:

Down on the farm – An example of how Whitney plans her themed therapy

Whitney shared how you can make themed boxes that she likes to refer to as “Therapy In A Box”. These themed boxes were how she first started using themes in her therapy room.

Whitney shared about her favorite theme using the ocean and beach with her students. Check out her book companions for this theme HERE.

If you need winter therapy ideas, Whitney shared about some favorite books and activities she likes to do.

Books Whitney mentioned:

Pierre the Penguin by Jean Morzollo

Felice shared some ideas for using a penguin sensory bin that you can read more about HERE (links in the blog post for where to get penguins).

Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World by Craig Hatkoff, Juliana Hatkoff, Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Gerald R. Uhlich

Here are more of her winter themed resources from her TPT store.

Winter themed activities for your upper elementary and middle school students using winter America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Real Talk SLP episode 3

In this episode of the Real Talk SLP, Felice interviews Hallie Sherman from Speech Time Fun. Hallie is a school based Speech Pathologist that primarily works with 5th and 6th grade students.

Because of her large caseload and not always having flexible time slots for seeing her students, Hallie has a lot of mixed groups.

Today, Felice and Hallie talk about why mixed groups can be tough and easy solutions to make lesson planning easier.

It is refreshing to know that school-based SLPs all struggle with managing mixed groups. Coming up with mixed group therapy ideas feels less overwhelming when you can brainstorm together!

Hallie shares about different resources she loves to use in therapy. At the end of the session, Felice and Hallie swap winter themed ideas for how to tackle mixed groups during the month of December.


Blog posts mentioned in this podcast episode:

Using Cheat Sheets To Make Mixed Groups Work

100 Trial Races To With Speech & Language Mixed Groups

Race to 100 game to use with Mixed Groups

Using Simon’s Cat videos in speech therapy

Video clips from the Elf movie is a great activity for social skills, language and more!

Using commercials in speech therapy to work on inferencing


Need more mixed group therapy resources? Hallie has a whole section of materials designed for mixed groups that you can access HERE.

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